Welcome to the board! I"m so sorry to hear of u'r recent diagnosis, but very glad u've found us and are posting. The differences that i'm aware of between a neurologist and an ms specialist is only that the specialist is more experienced in treating ms patients. Most people don't see a specialist unless they are having some sort of particuliar issue or in an attempt to find a doc experienced in recognizing ms and becoming diagnosed. That aside, i wouldn't really recommend seeing a specialist over u'r neuro. U'r neuro seems to be good and u'r comfortable with him. He can diagnose...already has....and treat u'r symptoms. As long as u'r happy and being treated, then there's no reason to change docs...esp to one so far away. In fact....many people with ms see their neuro's a few times a years unless a problem arises and rely on their family doc for standard symptom treatment. As long as u'r fam doc and u'r neuro are able to communicate and will work together if needed, then that is very often an ideal situation.
This is a great community of people! Everyone here does such a great job of helping each other. I hope u'll feel comfortable here and will post as much as u like. We will do all we can to try to answer u'r questions. We have live chats on Monday's at 6:00pm central time. We'll post a reminder each week, including a break down of the times for each zone. I hope u'll be able to join us! Again, welcome to the board.
Thank you so much for your response and words of encouragement. I believe my neuro is a rare gem b/c he's very understanding and compassionate. I know he has experience with MS patients and even completed his residency at a leading hospital where they used to do the "hot bath" tests in the 1980's and has continued with the research of MS ever since.
Hi Motown John
Thank you for your reply. I live in Georgia so I'm quite a distance from MI. From internet research there's only a few locations in my state that have an MS Specialist. If I may ask, what were your initial symptoms and how did they diagnose you? Are you currently on any MS therapy?
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