neuorlogist or family physician

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Date Joined Aug 2005
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   Posted 8/8/2005 4:21 AM (GMT -6)   
well i am new to this site but i am just curious to know what other people's opinions are on what i did
i have been suffering from migraines for five years now only after six months of getting migraines did i go seek medical attention. at that time i went to my family physician i was going to him for a while and getting extremely irritated with the fact that he did not have enough knowledge or ambition to find me medication that  actually help me when i get a migraine. so only after my boyfriend coaching me did i go to his neuorlogist since he suffers from hemeplegic complicated migraines and he on many occasions seen me getting a migraine attack thought it would be beneficial for me to seek better medical help.
when i actually went to his neuorlogist the doctor pulled me off the medications i was on and tryed something different that does help my migraines.

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Date Joined May 2005
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   Posted 8/8/2005 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome, Dink. I'm glad your boyfriend suggested that you see his neurologist. A family physician has to know something about everything. A neurologist has to know A LOT about a few things. The neurologist is the specialist to see about things that are affecting the nerves in your body and brain. (S)he gets the most up-to-date information in trade journals; attends seminars; and is visited regularly by representatives from drug companies that keep the doctors informed about new drugs.
It might take some time for your new doctor to find just the right treatment for you. There are so many medications and combinations of prescriptions that will need to be personalized for you. Give it time. I know you want an instant solution. We all do. But keep coming here for support and for help with your questions, OK?
Good Luck.
~~Pegasis yeah

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 8/8/2005 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   


I am fairly new to this group but have found tremendous support in the short time I have been visiting. I have had migraines all of my life. They went away for 10 years in my early adult life and came back about 10 years ago. They have been regular for the past five years and severe for the past year.

I have a family doctor who does his best to help me and seems very knowledgeable, but like Pegasis says knows a little about a lot. I asked him to refer me to a neurologist which he did and when things didn't improve I went back and now see him every 3 months. Sometimes I struggle with my neurologist because he doesn't know me as well as my family doctor so when he prescribes a treatment he prescribes a treatment for the "norm" which I don't always fit into. I will often run things by my doctor and we may modify them slightly to fit me personally.

I find it works well with my neurologist and family doctor supporting each other.

Keep checking in here. People have lots of good ideas and support. Sometimes just knowing that other people out there are going through the same thing you are makes it that much better.

Good Luck!

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."
Mother Teresa

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Date Joined Dec 2004
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   Posted 8/10/2005 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   


Remember that you are first and foremost in charge of your treatment and have to be informed and knowledgable about your condition/illness, your medications and your doctor. You pay him/her to take care of you and help keep you informed on the best if your family doctor is not making the best decisions for are not only entitled to find someone else who is your responsibility to do so-so don't feel badly about it!

Another suggestion-if the neurologist does not work out...find a HEADACHE SPECIALIST...just because you see a neurologist does not mean that they specialize in headaches...a neurologist has many things that they deal with...epilepsy, brain disorders, migraines and headaches, neurological issues...(lots and lots of things)
Don't feel badly about your decision...
Keep us posted...
I am doctor shopping myself, just got new insurance after moving and starting a new job. Wish me luck on the doctor hunt...Not sure which is harder, finding a good man or finding a good doctor... ha ha
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   Posted 8/23/2005 4:28 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the help people i will keep that in mind
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