I have an appt with a neurologist on December 7th. I initially scheduled the appointment to discuss my migraines, which have gotten worse over the last year. However, I know she specializes in MS, which is a benefit because I am concerned about some symptoms that would seem to be MS like. I need to make sure when I go into this appointment I am well prepared, with all the information I can give her for an accurate picture of my health. I have contacted other doctors and had them forward medical records, including MRI's and emergency room visits.
What else do i need to get together? Is there some sort of template or something I can use to help me accurately track my symptoms? I think I have a good handle on it, then when I read something else, I realize there was something, another symptom, I forgot. Or something that has bothered me that I had just chalked up to getting older. Or maybe I'm just going crazy!
When I go in can I say to the dr, "Hey, I'm concerned about my migraines, but I'm also concerned about these other issues that make me worry about MS". Or does that come off as crazy and hypochondriac-ish?
A journal of your symptoms- duration, type, etc- is helpful and will help you to remember what to say to your neuro. Organizing your thoughts can often be difficult.
Do not "go negative" but allow your doctor to evaluate you from a positive angle. If you are already "negative" and doubting yourself, you can actually add to the stress you are under which can worsen your symptoms or cause symptoms to present.
Stay positive and work with your neuro as a team member in your quest for answers and solutions.
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I also want to add that a MS Specialist, or any speciailist for that matter, will know what to ask you. They have their own template for what is called a history and physical.
When I had my first MS appointment, questions about my balance, tolerance to heat, things I never would have even thought of, were mentioned. My answers pointed them in the right direction.
They will know what to ask, but you also need to know how to answer; keeping a journal of what bothers you, how long it lasts, what brings it on (if you can pinpoint it) if anything helps (Tylenol, motrin, exercise) will help you to formulate better answers.....but dont overstress about being prepared. The questions will be asked...