MS Central Question of the Week: Visiting the Doctor

Patient Expert

When our MS is behaving itself and not being very active, it makes sense that we would not see our neurologist as often.   When MS is rearing it's ugly head, we probably find ourselves in the doctor's office often.

At the beginning of my MS career, not a month went by that I wasn't in the neurologist's office for one reason or another.   Between July 2005 and February 2006, I may have skipped November with no neuro appointment.   However, I was in the occupational therapist's office twice a week from September through December.

There were so many appointments - neuros, testing, MS nurse, steroids, occupational therapy, injection training, more steroids, newly-diagnosed group meetings - that I felt I lived at the medical facilities.

Until the MS activity started to taper off a bit, I was seeing the doctor every 3-4 months (unless new activity emerged again).   It seemed to be a big deal when I graduated to having neuro appointments every 6 months.   I have yet to go a full year without an appointment.

My question to our readers today is:

How often do you see your neurologist or neurological nurse practitioner?** Lisa Emrich is author of the blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA and founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers.**