I had my first neurology appointment yesterday with a very nice doctor who answered all my questions and gave me a thorough examination as well as taking a detailed history. As my dad has recently been diagnosed with MS after years of various symptoms, this is something that they were very interested in. I’d had a head and neck MRI prior to the appointment and this was all normal, although the doctor wants me to have another MRI going further down just to be sure. From the examination things weren’t ok, but I appreciate that doctors need more than this to go on. My symptoms include fatigue, double vision, weakness and more recently poor co-ordination and balance.
Anyway, the doc spoke about white cells attacking the coating around and also said that they MS is something that isn’t diagnosed unless someone has had more than one episode, as some people will only ever have one. They want to do a lumbar puncture to check for white cells as they said there are treatments if this proves to be the case that can help. I can also wait and see if anything else happens and be referred back then. This all makes sense to me and the doctor explaining it all very well.
I’m just not sure what to do, whether to have the lumbar puncture or just to wait and see if anything else happens over time. I’d appreciate any thoughts from anyone.
Thank you in advance.