This is my first post - as there is a wealth of experience on this forum I’m hoping you will be able to help me.
I went to see my GP in February due to a range of symptoms I was experiencing as I wasn’t sure if it was due to being menopausal (48 years old), my rheumatoid arthritis or tablets I was taking for the RA. The GP suspected that it could be MS and referred me to see a neurologist which I did at the end of October.
My symptoms are; dificulty swallowing (for which I’ve had a barium swallow and no obstruction was found), dizziness/motion sickness, double vision/unable to focus,starting sentences and forgetting what I was going to say or words for certain things, tinnitus, constant cold/wet feeling in my left foot, spells of deafness/muffled hearing in right ear, various tingling sensations in hand and face.
My consultation with the neurologist lasted for an absolute maximum of 4 minutes. He didn’t even turn on his computer and merely scanned through the list of symptoms (I had written down on the advice of my GP in case I forgot to mention something). He asked if I’d had any scans to which I replied that I’d had an MRI scan which the GP had said was clear and from then on he couldn’t get me out of the room quick enough.His diagnosis was that I was having vestibular migraines. His advice was to drink more water and get more fresh air (I am a farmer’s wife and have my own horse that I manage to take out riding most days - quite a big portion of my daily routine is spent outdoors… (The MRI was done without contrast and only on my head, not my spinal cord).
So, my question is (and well done if you’ve managed to read through all of that!) - would you think that it’s worth getting a second opinion? Would it be worth having an MRI with contrast on both my head and spinal cord. I’m not sure if I would be able to have a lumbar puncture as I take/have taken warfarin for 23 years due to a genetic blood disorder.
Thank you for taking the time to read my waffling! Any thoughts and advice greatfully received.