You may start by seeing your primary care doctor. He or she may refer you to a neurologist. You may want to take a family member or friend along, if possible, to help you remember information and for support.
What you can do
To prepare for your appointment, make a list of:
- Any symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for your appointment
- Key personal, family and social information, including any major stresses or recent life changes
- All medications, vitamins, herbs or other supplements you're taking, and the dosages
- Questions to ask your doctor to make the most of your time together
Some questions to ask your doctor include:
- What is likely causing my symptoms or condition?
- Are there other possible causes?
- What kinds of tests do I need?
- What treatment approach do you recommend?
- For how long will I need to be treated?
- What can I do to reduce the risk of my symptoms recurring?
- Should I see a specialist?
- If I need to take medications, what are the main side effects?
- Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can have?
- What websites do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions during your appointment.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor will likely ask you a number of questions. Be ready to answer them to reserve time to go over any points you want to spend more time on. Your doctor may ask:
- What are your symptoms?
- When did you first notice these symptoms?
- How have your symptoms changed over time?
- How do your symptoms impact your ability to function?
- What do you think may be causing your symptoms?
- Have you been diagnosed with any other medical conditions or mental health problems?
- Do you use alcohol or recreational drugs? How often?