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Lana Bear
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   Posted 7/4/2010 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I'm gearing up for my rheumatologist appointment on Tuesday.  Do you think I could ask for something to help with the electric shock and buzzing sensations?  Or won't they prescribe anything until I'm diagnosed with something.  It's really starting to interfere with my daily life...Just curious..Thanks for the input.

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   Posted 7/5/2010 12:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lana!

Nice to meet you~~ It's very reasonable to ask if he could help with the pain. I would guess that more often than not doctors will try to get the pain under control while they are working on a diagnosis. In rare cases they might not be able to but if you have a doc who won't help with these awful symptoms then I would get a different doc. They is no reason he can't try something .... without question.

Explain the sensations. Keeping a pain journal is very helpful too. You don't have much time for it but here's a blank page to get started.

Fill out one page each day. I used a 3 ring binder for mine or staples work too. Then each and every time you visit a doc take the entire thing along and ask them to review it while you are sitting there. They will not only get a clear view of your pain and discomfort but they will also see that you are very serious about needing help.

Hope this helps...
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Lana Bear
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   Posted 7/5/2010 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chutz,

Thanks for the welcome and quick reply. I will start the pain journal today, what a good idea. I have to get my stuff together for my appointment tomorrow. I will ask for something for these sensations and pain. I have an appt with a new GP on Wednesday and I might ask him to review my brain MRI. I'm not comfortable with what the neurologist told me because it is different than what is listed on the MRI. I guess they don't think we'll check these things for ourselves but I don't completely understand it either.
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