Rana Kayal, M.D., has joined Fauquier Health Neurology. Fauquier Health CEO Rodger Baker says, “We have been without a practitioner for several months, and we are delighted to have Dr. Kayal fill this position. This specialty is so important for our community.”
Dr. Kayal says she is enjoying her work so far, helping patients understand their symptoms and working with them to manage their diseases. Dr. Kayal says the most common ailments she sees are headache, back pain/sciatica and neuropathy. Neuropathy stems from a problem with the nerves in the body, for instance:
• Sensory nerves (the nerves that control sensation), causing tingling, pain, numbness or weakness in the feet and hands
• Motor nerves (the nerves that allow power and movement), causing weakness in the feet and hands
• Autonomic nerves (the nerves that control the systems of the body, like the gut and bladder), causing changes in the heart rate and blood pressure or sweating
Neurology was a natural choice for Dr. Kayal. “I was fascinated with the complexity of neurologic problems, where you have to put all the pieces of the puzzle together to get to the diagnosis.”
She has a particular interest in neuromuscular medicine, including diseases of the nerves and muscles. “I did my fellowship in neurophysiology with a focus on electromyography (EMG) — the test that studies the muscles and nerves.”
Dr. Kayal admits that there is much in neurology that is still unknown. There are devastating diseases — like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord — that are still incurable.
She is optimistic, though, when she sees the effectiveness of new treatments for multiple sclerosis or the promising results from deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.
Happy to be settling in at Fauquier, Dr. Kayal says, “I was impressed with how the professionals I’ve met are happy working at Fauquier Health. Other private practices I visited were interested in the volume of patients seen and wanted to shorten the time allocated to patients’ visits. I can see that Fauquier Health is more interested in putting patients first.”