I am also 23, a military spouse, and they thought I had MS at one point. (I since have been diagnosed differently). My suggestion would be go to your PCM and push for a referral to a neurologist, but do your research before about
who is in Tricare network and make sure it's a good neuro or an MS specialist. I am near KS and there is an MS specialist here that takes tricare. My first neuro they sent me to was a QUACK! He said I had anxiety and put me on paxil. (My husband was gone too) Within a week I was in a wheelchair being taken into the hospital nearly on my deathbed. Just look into who you want to see, then tell them your neuro symptoms and they will most likely give you a referral and when you go to the referral office tell them who you want to see. With Tricare you have to be very forward about
your care or else it will suck. I got lost in the shuffle and disregarded at first, now they take me serious bc it nearly killed me!! If you need help there are usually patient advocates that are more than willing to help if you go through the proces and you don't get what you want or you don't feel like you are being taken seriously. I just had to stop trying to be nice and stand up for myself when I was really sick and say hey I NEED this and I NEED it done NOW! It usually gets done faster then :) Good luck. If you need any help, I've jumped through the hoops of the system and I can help. God bless!
23 years old;
Dx: Acute Disseminated Ecephalomyelitis (ADEM) Feb 2009
Meds: Provigil, Nexium, Lexapro, Adivan, Lopressor, Baclofen, Topomax
Did 1000 mg IV solumedrol for 8 days then weened for 1 and a half months from mid Feb-late March
A merry heart does good like a medicine; but a broken spirit dries the bones.
"This too shall pass."