Re: any advice preparing for first neuro appt w ms specialist
I think that first of all, you just proved that you can put your questions into perspective. You need to write them all down! Just like you just did to us...
Vitamin deficiencies is something he can talk to you about...
Explaining the MRI is something you can ask him to do...it will help if you take the MRI films and report with you if you have them (try to have them).
The issue you experienced with chest pain is probably NOT a symptom, but more of an anxiety symptom....its not an MS thing- but I would tell him about it, because it may justify exactly how anxious you are.
Take a list of any meds you are currently taking and how often you take them.
Take a list of the most current symptoms you are having and be able to tell him how long they have been going on..
Do not expect him to read anything you take with you, but use it so that you dont forget anything.
If you can take someone with you to help you remember both what you want to say and what he says- that would be helpful.
Go into this as if you were interviewing him. Be calm- and be considerate. He doesnt know how badly you have been treated in the past. Dont let you past experiences dictate how this goes....but also keep in mind- NEUROSURGEONS CUT. If they cant cut, they suggest injections! They are all about elminiating pain. Neurologists are all about diagnosing diseases and treating symptoms.....if this one says something to you that you dont understand, STOP HIM and ask for clarification. You should NOT walk out with any unanswered questions.....you can even start by saying that you have some questions and you would like to know if you can get them answered. He may want to examine you first, but make sure he gives you ten minutes just to talk....its important that you leave feeling like you got your answers.
Notoriously, MS specialists dont have great bed side manner....but they are usually brilliant doctors. You just have to steer the conversation to the questions you have....so, start by writing them down and getting your thoughts in order.
Best of luck to you. Ill send you positive thoughts! Let us know how it goes.
RRMS- dx 05