Patients Multiple sclerosis
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Posted on 10/25/20 2:04 AM
I had a serious bout of vertigo with a variety of accompanying symptoms in August. It took 3 weeks for the vertigo to get to a level I could tolerate and 6-1/2 weeks to go away. I am left with lingering symptoms that came on during the vertigo. I was given a brain MRI at 5 weeks in which showed “nothing”. I requested a referral to the Neurologist as my symptoms were not improving.
During my time researching my symptoms and much reflection of past experiences, I began to seriously question if I may have MS.
I waited 5 weeks to hear from Neurology only to find out they denied allowing me an appointment.
I didn’t even realize I could be denied being able to see a Dr. I’m still dealing with several symptoms on a daily basis. Has anyone ever been told they can’t see a Neurologist? What do I do next?
Beginning of the discussion - 10/26/20Has you ever been denied access to a neurologist? https://www.carenity.us/forum/multiple-sclerosis/living-with-multiple-sclerosis/looking-for-answers-2681
Posted on 10/26/20 6:52 PM
@Badgerland Hi Badgerland, thank you for opening this discussion and explaining what you've been going through. I'm sorry to hear you've been refused an appointment with a neurologist. Let me tag some other members who can maybe share some advice with you.
Hi everyone, how are you today? Have you ever been refused an appointment with a neurologist in your MS journey? Did they explain why? What did you do about it? What can or should Badgerland do to get their diagnosis?
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Feel free to share your experiences and advice here!
Posted on 10/26/20 7:05 PM
I don't have a neurologist at this time. I have refused to go to the neurologist here. She won't discuss my symptoms and I am looking for a new neurologist. I do have a problem as I don't have a car and there are only 2 in the area.
Does your insurance require prior approval? Was there a reason given for the cancellation? Sometimes the neurologist will require prior approval or a referral from your primary care even if your insurance does not require it.
Posted on 10/26/20 7:06 PM
Cannot imagine being denied access to see a neurologist!! Do you have a primary care physician - if so, speak with that doctor and have them make the appointment for you ASAP. Your symptoms are signficant and need attention. Was the denial due to that particular doctor being out of your insurance network? You may have to check with your insurance to see which neurologists are covered under your policy. Just a thought. Good luck.
Posted on 10/26/20 8:49 PM
I had a referral in network from my PCP. I was told (because my brain MRI was negative for findings I suspect) they could not offer me an appointment because they wouldn’t be able to give me any new tests or information beyond what I was already given.
I have been told today I was given a referral to ENT.
Posted on 10/26/20 9:51 PM
@Badgerland Did they also do an MRI on your spine - thorax, lumbar, cervical ? Perhaps tell them you want
to rule out or confirm MS......good luck!!
Posted on 10/27/20 12:10 AM
@Pelaton it was just a brain MRI as they were trying to diagnose my vertigo. I have tried to express my concern for my other (now only) symptoms, but the Dr just said I’m depressed and I just don’t realize I am.
Posted on 10/27/20 2:04 PM
At the beginning my sisters thought I was depressed due to so many unexplained aches, pains, issues!!! I have always been my own advocate but am also willing to explore everything so I went for some "talk therapy" and tried an SSRI for about 2 months. Turns out it was always the MS but, at least, I could check depression off my list. Now, I always say that having MS IS depressing but that doesn't mean that the individual is clinically depressed.