Update: Neurologist Appointment

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   Posted 11/9/2006 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   

Just thought I would provide everybody with an update. I had my appointment on Monday with the neurologist. It did not go very well, I felt like he was not listen to me and rushed me out the door in 20 mins.

What he did:

He taped on both my knees with the hammer, pressed on pressure points on my neck and shoulder and asked if it hurt. He then put sticky things on my hands and ran electric current through my hands and told me I had carpal tunnel syndrom and I needed surgery. LOL.......

He did not ask about an of my syndrome. He was only aware of my dizzy spells, and numbness on my left side this information was provided on the referal my doctor sent him. He said the carpal tunnel would cause the numbness in my hand and arm. But did not provide any explanation for my face or leg. He told me it was most likely not MS however he would send me for an MRI just for my piece of mind.

When I asked about problems swallowing he told me to see my family doctor and he would need to refer me to a throat specialist. He told me that my problems were related to anxiety over me thinking I had something wrong with me. He stated I was young and were I was thinking of starting a family I should not allow my issues to weigh on my making a decision. I inquired about my blurred vision in my left eye and he said it was due to tension headaches and he keep pressing on tender spots on my neck to make his point.

He stated that once my MRI came back fine I should be able to put everything behind me and move on. He could not understand that I am in a lot of pain and have a lot of other things going on that he would not allow me to express. I told him that the way I feel from day to day is impacting my work and personal life. It makes it hard because, as we all know people just don't understand because we look fine.

Every time I attempted to ask him a question he would move closer to the door and next thing I knew he was gone.   So I no closer to knowing why I feel the way I do.  I was really hoping for someone to sit down and really listen to what was going on, and if it is not MS that at least point me in another direction as to who I need to see next.  Not just the comment to suck it up and move on............

Tomorrow I have a follow up with my family doctore in regards to this appointment. I will be very interested to see what he has to say. I will keep you posted.

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   Posted 11/9/2006 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Doorway 4

I'm sorry u'r appt was such a drag. Sometimes we can just get a dud for a doc! I'm glad u have an appt with u'r fam doc tomorrow and i hope u can tell him everything u've said here. Let him know exactly how u feel/felt and u'r concerns. I'd go ahead and let the MRI be done. That way u'll know for sure what's 'there'. Also, it's u'rs once it's done and u can get a copy of it and all other tests/results done for use either with u'r own fam doc or with any other neuro u may see. Sounds like a second neuro may be in order for u and i'm sure u'r fam doc can help u with that if u both feel that's the way to go. Hang in there. Don't let this doc deter u from persuing this until u'r sure. Please let us know how it all goes tomorrow with u'r fam doc and thanks for the update!


Sandy C.
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   Posted 11/9/2006 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW that sucks that ur neuro made it seem like he didn't have the time of day for you! Sounds like you got a doc that may be burnt out! Even an HMO will pay for a second opinion... I hope ur family doc is a little more compassionate and understanding with ur concerns!

Good Luck to you!
Sandy C.
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   Posted 11/10/2006 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my doctor appointment today. It went all right I guess. He received the report from the Neurologist who noted that I have mild carpal tunnel. My doctor is now referring me to see a surgent to have surgery for this.

As for everything else he told me that once I have my MRI and if it comes back normal he is going with the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. He said I will just have to learn how to deal with my pain and numbness in my legs, headaches, swallowing problems etc....... He stated if it gets to bad I can take elavil to assist with all my problems. And for headaches he can give me corezone needles in the nerves in the back of my head.

What to do next.......

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   Posted 11/10/2006 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Doorway,
    My goodness it doesn't sound like he was very interested in addressing your situation.  I hope your appointment with your gp went well today, let us know. 
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   Posted 11/12/2006 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Doorway4: Did the neuro say anything about securing a spinal MRI? If you have a spur on one of your discs (which inturn causes the spur to push on the spinal cord itself), this can cause numbness, tingling, and loss of use along w/lots of pain. If your insurance will pay, push for this.

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   Posted 11/14/2006 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for all your feedback.

I have done a lot of research on Fibro and a lot of my symptoms fall into this area as well. When I had gone 6 years ago for my first MRI which came back fine the neurologist I seen told me I was fine to suck it up and move on. At that time I had mentioned Fibro to her, however she did not believe in this condition. My family doctor however did state this is what I had and treated me with 100 mg of elavil, which I took for over 6 years. I did not find the elavil worked well for me, I would take my pills before bed and still could not get to sleep for hours. I however did not find much improvement.

So once I have this MRI and if it comes back clear I will be able to have to go with Fibro. I do however what to be checked for Lymes, I however keep forgetting to ask my doctor about this, I even have it written on a paper which I am holding in my hand. I will take your suggest Gracie's Mom and post a on the Fibro Forum.

Pegleg I did inquire about having a spinal MRI. The neurologist I just seen stated it was not necessary because the symptoms I was having was not related to the spine, so he would only get MRI on the brain for me. Sometimes you just have to laugh out loud....
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