You may be referred to a doctor who specializes in disorders of the brain and nervous system (neurologist).
What you can do
- Write down your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason why you scheduled the appointment.
- Make a list of all your medications, vitamins and supplements.
- Write down your key medical information, including other conditions.
- Write down key personal information, including any recent changes or stressors in your life.
- Write down questions to ask your doctor.
- Ask a relative or friend to accompany you, to help you remember what the doctor says.
Questions to ask your doctor
- What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
- What kinds of tests do I need?
- What kind of treatments do I need?
- How soon do you expect my symptoms to improve with treatment?
- How fully do you expect I'll recover?
- How long will recovery take?
- Am I at risk of long-term complications?
In addition to the questions that you've prepared to ask your doctor, don't hesitate to ask other questions during your appointment.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may make time to go over points you want to spend more time on. You may be asked:
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- What are your symptoms, and what parts of your body are affected?
- When did you first begin experiencing symptoms? Did they start suddenly or gradually?
- Do your symptoms seem to be spreading or getting worse?
- If you are experiencing weakness, does it affect one or both sides of your body?
- Have you had problems with bladder or bowel control?
- Have you had any problems with vision, breathing, chewing or swallowing?
- Have you recently had an infectious illness?
- Have you recently spent time in a forested area or traveled abroad?
- Have you recently had any medical procedures, including vaccinations?
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