I’ve been on the forum a couple of weeks and as some of you may have read, I’m awaiting a neuro referral for symptoms which have, in reality, been ongoing for quite sometime now and because of a recent infection, have left me utterly fatigued and unable to work.
I’ve been considering ‘going private’ as there is a consultant neurologist (with a specialism in MS amongst other things) who works out of a local private hospital to me. Although I understand the initial consultation will likely be around £200-£250, I am suspecting any further investigations (eg MRI/LP/bloods) will be very expensive.
Has anyone else gone down this route to speed things up? If so, what were the likely costs involved? Living in limbo is difficult enough without this affecting my ability to work right now.
I’ve been told by the local NHS Hospital I’ve been referred to that I could be looking at a 16 week wait to be seen… I really do appreciate that if this is MS or something else chronic there’s no benefit really in an early diagnosis (well other than start treatment if indicated) but I think it will make me feel more ‘valid’ if you see what I mean…
My contract of employment states that I should be proactive about my health if I am off sick so see this as one of the possible options available to me.
Any thoughts or can anyone share any other thoughts that might help.