Ask a Doctor and Get an Answer to Your Medical Question ASAP
Have you seen a neurologist?
Have you had a brain MRI?
Nerve conduction studies?
no i havent my nurse practitioner keeps thinking its a virus.. ive had no fever no vomiting no sore throat or swollen glands
this sounds crazy to me
i have a herniated disk for the past 4 yrs and have seen one for that but thats it
yes im serious just went today and again she said it could just be vertigo
what part of the spine has a herniated disc?
sounds like you do have vertigo
but vertigo is a symptom
and not a diagnosis
and i went to emergency and the doctor saw me for 3 min and sent me home after i had fallen
the question is WHY do you have it
so this is not from your disc
you need to demand to be evaluated by a neurologist
thats what im trying to find out. she said just an iritation of my inner ear. my ears dont hurt
if your NP has mentioned MS you need an MRI and other stuff as well
nor would they
i live in huntsville ontario and its a small town and medical care is not good
vertigo is usually an inner ear problem
and it does not involve pain
it wasnt the NP it was a family friends mom whos a doctor
I gather that it is not good
that's all well and good
im not sure where to go from here and im just stumped as i am always feeling these symptoms and i know and feel somethings wrong.
but you haven't been seen by the one kind of physician most likely to make your diagnosis
you haven't had any studies
yes thats correct.
and you are probably correct
so you need to figure out how, in the Canadian system, to get referred to a neurologist
and you will need to travel
do you have any ideas of what i should suggest to do> can i demand to see one?
but it's time to get answers
not sure how your system works
but SINCE MS has been mentioned
and I think that is a reasonable guess
is there anything that my symptoms show that it could be?
then you need an MRI and other studies to rule it out
your symptoms are all over the place, but most likely neurological
and MS can do just about anything
so its safe that i can demand to have an mri and see a neurologist?
they will also need to look at your heart though I think that less likely than a neurological disease
sorry for all the questions im just worried and sick and tired of these symptoms and feelings.
I don't know, but I would be raising utter hell to get there
stand by for a reference
i do have palpitations and my systollic is usually lower than normal
okay thank you\
so you do need your heart looked at by a specialist
i should ask for that as well?
MAYO CLINIC MS
I think you should mention palpitations as a symptom you experience
i dont want to offend my NP or her think im just making a big deal however i am fairly concerned about these symptoms
you need your thyroid checked as well
don't worry about offending her
ive done all this and they still havent done anything just continuing to say its a virus.
this is your health we are talking about
not for four years
yes thyroid is fine as well as no diabetes and no anemia
it's not a virus for four years
VERTIGO AND IT'S EVALUATION
the only thing she said to me today was that i did have some antibodies in my bloodwork from the epstein barr virus however i have had no symptoms at all from that except fatigue and she said that that was probably gone by now
that's a trash diagnosis.... they haven't looked for more likely causes
no i agree and i feel stuck and im afraid somethings wrong.
DIZZINESS EVALUATION MAYO CLINIC
she did the basic neurologial evaluations and said i seem fine. its bogus.
that's great, but you need a thorough evaluation
what I would do is print the references above
so i should go back and demand to see a neurologist along with wanting an mri done? do i demand a cat scan too?
read through them, they are easy to read and well written
and see what you think
then you can go back with specific questions and requests
and in that setting a request to be referred should make a lot of sense to your NP
i know i have alot of the symptoms relating to MS as well as fybromyalgia not sure what i have
I think you do this nicely at first
and then do whatever you need if you are not referred
I don't know how you complain about care in your system
okay that makes sense.
but I wouldn't hesitate if a good evaluation is not forthcoming
not much its ontario we dont pay for health care so you can imagine what that system is like
and, I undersand, private care is now allowed in Canada
and you might want to look into that as well
i did not know that
yes, I know what it is like, I work for the US Army right now
it's a completely socialized system
wow that must be hard as well
and it stinks UNLESS you are right at a major treatment facility
I am probably going back to civilian practice
but they are trying to push through a system much like yours
people have no idea what they are asking for
yes that is true. here there is nothing. takes forever and everyone thinks because you are young there is nothing wrong with you
welcome to the Army
no they really do not. its horrible the system we have. id rather pay and know im getting proper care then not pay and have noone care
do you have any final questions for me?
so i should do those things you said and try it from there?
print the references
take your time
are my symptoms concerning honestly? just need to know the severity
read them twice
okay i will
underline or highlight what you think is relevant
and then you will know what to ask for
and I think you need to ask to see a neurologist
based on what you have told me
and as to concerning
okay i will do that.
yes, they are concerning
but not for anything life threatening
okay thank you so kindly for your help
if it IS MS there are good treatments though some people have a rapidly progressive course
hope all goes well for you in future!
if you DO have it you do not have a rapidly progressive course
so that's a good thing
thank you for your good wishes
thats good. thank you
take care doc
if this has been helpful to you
please do leave positive feedback
and if you wish to chat in the future
simply start your question
for 911doc only
and I am on most days
yes i understand and i would want to continue chatting with you so i can continue to develop the course of my medical history\
my name is amy
nice to meet you Amy
well talk soon ill keep you updated john
after we close this question I will set up an auto contact reminder for a couple of weeks down the road just to check in
thanks so much