In cases of superficial siderosis, neurological reserve refers to the capacity of your brain to handle metabolic stressors. A superficial siderosis patient lives with a compromised neurological reserve on a perpetual basis. Therefore, the term Neurological Reserve describes two categories of neurological function: Brain Reserve and Cognitive Reserve.
A fascinating computer analogy that may help you understand the definition is that brain reserve should be viewed as your brain’s hardware and cognitive reserve as your brain’s software. The ability to cope with progressively increasing neurodegeneration while still functioning is credited to your brain’s resilience and neurological reserve.
- The superficial siderosis patient may need a longer than expected time to regulate new medication changes
- Surgical procedures, infections, or any serious illness will need an extended recovery period
- Longer recovery period from any procedure using anesthesia