What to Expect from a Visit to the Neurologist
There are some medical conditions where a specialist might have to get involved outside of your doctor’s regular care especially where conditions of the nervous system are of concern. These conditions would include those affecting the spinal cord, nerves, muscles, and even the brain.
If your regular medical provider has referred you to a neurologist, it can be a scary time until you go through the testing phase and get an actual diagnosis. In order to proceed to the appointment without much fear, there are some things you should know in preparation:
It can help your visit to get prepared before the actual appointment date. You should prepare a list of prescription medications you are taking and the dosages. If you are able to secure your medical record copies including x-rays and other tests results, bring them along or ensure your doctor has forwarded the correct information.
Reduce your nervous mistakes by creating a list of questions or concerns you’d like to discuss with the neurologist prior to the appointment so you won’t forget important information during the appointment. You may also want to write down your symptoms with details as to when and how they occur.
The neurologist will discuss first with you past medical history as well as current symptoms. The doctor will then perform a series of tests including your reflexes. You may be requested to perform a number of movements or tasks that vary based on your condition so your doctor can evaluate red flags or symptoms during the activities.
Since the visit with the neurologist may entail a lot of tests, questions, and answers, it is crucial to your medical care and diagnosis that you provide only honest answers and not what you think the doctor would want to hear. Otherwise, you could be misdiagnosed and end up with more serious health problems down the road.