The term neurological reserve consists of two parts: ‘brain reserve’ and ‘cognitive reserve’. There is a fascinating computer analogy; brain reserve should be viewed as the hardware and cognitive reserve as the software. Brain reserve describes the brain’s resilience. The ability to cope with increasing neurodegeneration while still functioning.
When used about Superficial Siderosis ‘neurological reserve’ refers to the capability of the brain to handle stress, more specifically metabolic stressors. Medication changes may take longer to adjust to, and surgery or infections will also have a more extended recovery period.
The Superficial Siderosis patient has a compromised neurological reserve on a perpetual basis. You may find that your symptoms are heightened. Dr. Levy gave an example of anesthesia used during surgery. The Superficial Siderosis patient will likely require more time to recover from the anesthesia procedure than a person with normal brain or nerve function.