This is my 1st post here as I’m right at the start of possible diagnosis. I’ll list below a very brief chronology of how I came to be referred to a neurologist:
August 2011 - right foot drop and right weak hand (Dr N said to keep an eye on it as could be MS)
March 2012 - foot drop/tripping problems while walking on holiday (Dr G said to self-refer to podiatry)
April 2012 - urinary urgency (kept to myself as was embarrassed)
July 2012 - balance/falling problems while walking on holiday (Dr G said to practice washing windows standing on one leg!)
January 2013 - intention tremor in right foot while driving (Dr N referred me to Neurology)
Anyway, I didn’t get to see the lovely Dr N till May 2013, then the first referral went to the wrong hospital which then sent an appointment to the wrong address! So I finally had my first neuro appointment last Friday, nine months after my last new symptom. The neurologist was lovely, and when he did the neuro exam, my foot tremor showed up as well as something a bit strange about my hand, and he also thought there might have been optic nerve changes. Whilst not particularly good news, it was certainly vindicating after feeling like I’d been treated like an idiot by Dr G first sending me to podiatry and then telling me that I should practice standing on one leg washing windows!
At the end of the neuro appointment he made another follow up appointment for 4 month’s time and said he was going to get me in for a day at the hospital to have an MRI head and spine, lumbar puncture and optic nerve tests. I also had lots of blood. The haste to get me in for such a battery of tests really surprised me. I don’t know when I’ll be called in as it was only 4 days ago that I saw him, but I was expecting things to progress much slower than this. Am I lucky to be getting this response or should I be concerned? Can anyone tell me if this is usual?
My symptoms have been fairly mild and I’ve not been very worried about them, but would like a diagnosis.
My partner of 23 years died very suddenly and unexpectedly 4 weeks ago as a healthy 49 year old. This is occupying far more of my thoughts.