Wednesday, January 12, 2011 wil_p, Community Member, asks

Q: Seeing a neurologist for the first time tmrw

My doctor has reffered me to a neurologist with suspected MS, i would like to know what they will ask and what info i need to give them. My only symptoms are Numb/ tingling toes for the last 8 weeks, a bit of fatigue and i need wake to go to the toilet a lot while sleeping. Does this even sound like possible MS? A bit worried here to be honest.
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Lisa Emrich, Health Guide
1/12/11 5:03pm

Hi wil_p,


It is scary facing the suspicion of MS.  But it is very good that your doctor has referred you to a neurologist right from the start.  Have you had any testing done yet?  MRI's?  If so, take the radiologist report with you if you have it.


The neurologist will ask you a lot of questions.  Answer truthfully.  Don't discount something and hold it back because you don't think that it relates to what your current symptoms are.  Oh, be sure to clearly explain your symptoms - when did they start, how long do they last, have they come and gone?


The neurologist will conclude a thorough neuro exam.  Test your reflexes, coordination, strength of muscles, ability to feel sensations, watch you walk (regularly, heel-toe, on tip-toes, on heels), test your balance, etc.


The neurologist will likely order MRI scans of your brain and spine (at least the cervical spine) to be done with and without an injected contrast agent.  The radiologist will look for changes in the brain and along the spine.  Look for lesions.  Other tests may be ordered as well.


Here is a post which helps explain a bit about the diagnosis process.  If possible, take someone with you to the appointment.  A second set of ears is invaluable.  Also, if this person is someone who knows you well or lives with you, they might be able to offer up information about what they've observed that you hadn't thought of.  But having more ears is very good.


I hope that helps to give you a brief idea of what might happen tomorrow.  Please come let us know how it goes.

wil_p, Community Member
1/13/11 9:50am



Thanks for the help, just come back from the neurologist and she was a bit vague, saying that my responses are ok but she says i probably have mild MS and has ordered an mri and a lumbar puncture. She actually askedme if i really wanted to do the tests assuming that not knowing is better than knowing,strange.

Anyway on to the next stage.

Judith, Community Member
4/15/11 10:05am

Greetings.......i saw a neurologist with very similar physical troubles, was referred to a neurologist, had an that MRI showed lesions in my brain so i was diagnosed with MS. 

I have MS for 23 advice........listen to your body cause what you wrote sounds like MS

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