I haven't written a blog lately but not due to illness thank goodness. In previous blogs,I talked about finding the right doctor. Whether it's your first MS visit, whether you or your doctor relocate, or if an incident occurs which makes you want a second opinion or for other reasons you just need a change in provider, don't hesitate. Act.
Doctors and patients don't always "gel". That said, if this happens, don't despair. After waiting for an appt with a new specialist for five months, I saw a new neurologist today. The hardest thing about changing doctors is obtaining copies of all your MRIs and medical records. Now that I have finally obtained them back to 2003, I will use the MRI storage app this website recommends. As for notes, reports and labs, there is a fee to obtain these records. In my case, the hospital wanted 200 dollars. Instead find a laser printer and print records from your individual patient site or portals if you have access. One hour of printing and no 200 dollars fee.
Yes, new doctors appointments may be repetive and long, but sometimes bring new ideas and expertise. I can honestly say, I am happy I took the time and made the effort. Symptoms I have experienced for the past eight months finally addressed and hopefully will be alleviated. Time will tell.
I'll take this time to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. I'm getting a scooter for Christmas. Not my first choice. Will keep you posted on how to adjust to one and make the best of it. Remember the glass is always half full.
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