neuro-psych testing

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   Posted 8/31/2006 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
I'm just wondering how many of you have had the neuro-psych testing and how it went and what it showed?  My neuro wants me to have it so he has a base line since I've been having more cognitive issues over the last 6 months.
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   Posted 8/31/2006 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Shelly, missed you Mon. night on the chat.

I had the neuro psych testing, evok potentials, and mri of brain and spine done this month. 

The neuro testing is tiring, took almost 4 hours.  They asked what some certain words 

meant. Just wordslike maybe pleasant or division.  Then I had to put some toothpick type

sticks into 12 holes with each hand.  Then I had to tap my fore finger as fast as I

could against a stricker on each hand.  I had to copy a drawing best I could. Then later

she asked me to draw it from memory.  I had to make designs from these cubes and she

had a picture to go by.  She read a story maybe 10 sentences long and asked me to

repeat it.  The hardest one for me was she put four cards in front of me, a purple star,

maybe a red circle, and so on. The rest of the deck I had to go through and put under

which one I thought it went with and she would only say right or wrong. Got them all

wrong I never did find out what was susposed to be, and I asked now can you tell me

what I should have been doing and she said no! Well I didn't do so well on any of it.  She

said my memory is in there ( so not like alshimers) I just can't retrieve it.  SHe said it is

consistant with ms.  I can't drive any  longer. 

I was at a stop light and was ging to make a left turn, I guess my mind wandered and

when the light turned green I heard honking.  Couldn't figure out why. Took alot of

honking to make me realize it was me. I guess I forgot I was driving.

She said to do one thing at a time as long as I can and not to try to multitask.  She said

they will probably see at work this year that I am having a hard time with memory and

speech.  As I was leaving she asked me to repeat the story she told me at the begining of

the session. I had no idea what or who it was about. I remembered her telling a story but

not a thing about it.  redface   So don't be afraid, you sure can't do worse than that.

Best of luck to you.              Linda




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   Posted 9/1/2006 4:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Linda,
Thanks so much for your post!  I was wondering what kind of tricks they would have in the mind-torture room!  LOL!  It will be interesting to see how I do.  Have you noticed some days you are fairly clear and the next, you're not?  I hope I'm having a not so clear day so they can see the worst problems I have.
I'll let you now when I have it far no appt. has been made for me!  (Staff is slow!)
Michelle ><>
Don't be so busy doing good
that you neglect to do what's right!

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   Posted 9/2/2006 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   

I had neuro-psych testing done about 7 years ago when I had my first brain surgery.  In my case they were testing my short term memory to get a baseline since my Temporal lobe was the area they were removing and it's responsible for short term memory processing. 

I didn't realize they did this type of testing for ms.  I actually wanted to have another series of testing done to compare my pre-op functioning to what it is now w/o a right temp lobe. 

Keep us updated

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   Posted 9/2/2006 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michelle,

Mike had neuro-phych testing done six years ago when he was going through the SSDI process. Linda did an excellent job of explaining the test, and it is very long as she said. After the test the doc shook Mike's hand and said he doesn't think he's gonna have any problems being approved, I guess he didn't do so well. Best of luck! I hope it gives you and the doc a good indication of where you are at cognitively speaking :-) Let us know what happens!
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