Do I need second opinion?

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   Posted 2/23/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am new to this site and was wondering if I could get some advice. I am a 36 year old female and I have dealt with headaches almost my entire life. I had a horrible migraine in July 2008,I had an MRI that showed 2 lesions on the left side of my brain. In January of this year I had some visual disturbances prior to another migraine,my doctor sent me for a 2nd MRI which showed 3 more lesions. She then sent me to a neurologist because MS immediately came to mind.  My other symptoms besides a headache everyday also consists of memory and concentration problems,balance issues and floaters in my vision.  The neurologist looked at my MRI's and said I do not have MS and the migraines I had were the cause of the lesions on the brain. He put me on Nadolol which is a beta blocker,even though he said my blood pressure is not contributing to the migraines. Nadolol makes the 3rd blood pressure medicine that I am currently on with the other 2 being Verelan PM and Dyazide. As far as the other symptoms I am experiencing he says my mind could be playing tricks on me due to the fear I had of possibly having MS. My question is:should I get another opinion? The neurologist that I saw came highly recommended by my family physician and opthamologist. I asked the neurologist when I should see him again and he said to call him to let him know how the medicine is working and we would go from there.
I was told by several people that a spinal tap should have been done but he said it wasn't necessary. I am thoroughly confused and am not sure what I should do next. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 2/28/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi gabsad,

I definitely would get a second, third or even fourth opinion till you can find a dr who will listen to you. I wish you luck I have yet to find a neuro I like, who is competant & who will listen to me. A dr friend told me that you will get a different diagnosis from each dr!!!!! smilewinkgrin
Have had relapsing/remitting MS since 10 yrs old. Secondary/progressive since 1995. Baclofen pump since 2008.
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   Posted 2/28/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow I am sorry for you Popsie! I LOVE my neurologist. I recieved the same diagnosis from the only two neurologists I have seen. Actually the first one initially diagnosed me with a stroke......but after a very short time (four weeks) he decided that he was wrong.....admitted that. He ran more tests and went with MS. He then insisted I get a second opinion and sent me off to an MS specialist. Both of these neuros are wonderful, competent doctors. Please remember that it is a consumer market out there. You do get to choose your doctor. I truly hope you can find a neuro you like. It is such a blessing for me.

She listens, she answers my email questions (no charge), she offers me meds ( and med choices) for symptom management, she takes about 45 minutes per visit. She can't be the only good neuro out there. Keep looking and again, best of luck!!!
Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.

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