When my doctor ran the blood tests and I didn't test postive for diabetes or Vitamin B deficiency or another ailment that might explain my neuropathy she sent me to a neurologist in town. She said to explain to him that we've done the blood tests and I should have an MRI to rule out MS or things of that nature. When I got there he had a cold and clearly didn't feel well. He asked me a few questions, asked me to look from side to side, get up and walk 5 ft., and ran a small tool over my feet - then he drew me a cartoonish picture of my feet and told me that I simply had a neuropathy. Anywho - I tried to plead my case but he refused to do an MRI and said to take Lyrica (already taking 1200mg of gababentin a day with Vicotin) and he'll see me in 3 mo's. So now I'm trying again with a different doctor - only this time I want to ask the right questions and drive home that I need something for the pain. Any suggestions?
Be honest with how you feel and tell him what's happened so far. Get your labs from your dr. Tell him your concerns and let him know you really need an answer because you hurt. Tell him how the pain impacts your life. Tell him your primary is worried about MS and he'd suggested an MRI. I don't know why your primary couldn't have ordered the MRI. I just had one done on my kidneys ordered by my cardiologist.
I concur with everything that kaismama (or KM as I call her) has said.
Your primary needs to draft an email to a NEW neurologist about the MRI that you so obviously need!
I'm going tonight for my MRI of my entire spine, they sure are LOUD! That banging noise is a tad irritating. The only thing I can tell you is this, you NEED a new neuro doc, and if/when you have your MRI scheduled, please ask for a few benzo's IF you suffer from claustrophobia. (I have an anxiety disorder, yet actually fell asleep during my last MRI!) You must ask your Primary dude/woman or ask your neuro doc for a benzo such as Ativan (lorazepam) or Xanax (alprazolam), or diazepam (Valium), to name a few. (I beg pardon if you already know all of the names for benzo's : -)
The Neurologist with a cold truly treated you like you were a wee (cute) bug that he just dismissed! HIS bad, for certain! I do hope you tell your new Neuro doc about your previous experience, as this may add more attention to you and your neurological situation! NO ONE should have to wait round for some neuro git ,like the last fellow, to find out IF they/you have M.S.! Wait a DHead that doc was! You really need to know if there are lesions on the (sp) myelin sheath. That is what M.S. does imo, it "goes after" (for lack of a better term) the myelin heath and creates havoc. KM could supply more info about that, I'm sure.
Best wishes with your new doc, and DO write down every single question you have on paper, so you can whip that out and recall everything you want to discuss or ask the new doc!
P.S. ask the new neuro doc IF you've lesions on your myelin sheath, the only answer would be ON AN MRI.
Your first doctor screwed up, not this one. The first doctor who wants the MRI needs to send a request with your medical records so he has something to work with. A doctor isn't going to do an expensive test for nothing. The neurologist needs to go through all your tests to know what has and has not been done, the request from doctor one is part of what is missing. Jumping from one doctor to another is not a very good idea. Insurance isn't going to like that. Give the Neuro a second chance and get those records.
Once you have all that, we can talk about questions. And be sure you take someone with you. Often results are better with another person there. He did confirm the neuropathy. The scan for MS is very different from that.
Please correct me if I'm wrong somebody. I was told that the only way to diagnose MS is with a spinal tap. If there is an easier way (MRI) and I went through that for shucks and giggles, I'm gonna have a fit! When I had the spinal tap, the lab tested 2 of the 3 components they needed to diagnose MS. They didn't test the 3rd and threw my sample away! The neurologist apologized and told me I would have to have another LP if I want a diagnosis. I laughed at him!
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