I just wanted to tell you guys about my first doctor's visit today. I was VERY pleased with my doctor, she was wonderful! She is so kind, considerate and really took her time with me. I feel that we're going to make a great team in getting to the bottom of this. She listened carefully and took notes when I gave her my far too long list of symptoms. She did the usual testing of vitals and such, my BP was a bit high so we'll be keeping an eye on that. It was 150/98. She gave me a battery of neurological tests, she had me doing all sorts of things. I failed some of them miserably. One that I failed was called the Romberg Test and another was the test like they give people pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving. Good thing I wasn't pulled over because although I don't drink, I failed that one with flying colors! I had to try to walk heel to toe along a line, I couldn't do one step without falling off.
She said that I have a seriously loss of proprioception, to the point that she told me that she wanted me to get a cane/walking stick. Failing those tests was scary and felt so odd that I honestly could not do these things. My body betrayed me and I have to admit that I was pretty stunned about it even though I know I have been having problems. Three or four years ago I was able to do yoga quite well and my balance was pretty darn good. She also said that I am obviously having some neurological issues and she ordered a MRI on my brain. It says on the from MRI Brain W WO Contrast. Does that mean they are going to do both with and without contrast? I know it's silly, but I'm super nervous about that contrast stuff. Does it hurt? Do many people have a reaction to it? It's freaking me out.
On top of that, she did a urinalysis and ordered a ton of blood work. They took 4 big vials and 2-3 little small ones. I've never had that much blood drawn before, I did okay though.
She also refered me to a neurologist. I will set up an appointment with him and for the MRI in the morning. I was very happy that I choose this doctor but I am feeling pretty scared and rather upset about having to walk with a cane. I know that much worse things could happen to a person, of course, so I am also trying to stay positive while I wait to find out what really is going on. She said that she was leaning towards of couple of things but would not discuss it until she got some tests back so as not to worry me. I thought that was nice, not to speculate.
Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well today.
Thanks for listening!