If there are multiple visible lesions (I'm getting a brain MRI and a C-spine one) will they still order a lumbar puncture?
As it stands I've had three separate symptoms common to MS'ers so I'm not really going to be too surprised with a diagnosis- I'm mostly just sick of waiting and having doctor after doctor waffling around definitive answers. I'd rather know for sure and be able to discuss treatments and regimens with my neurologist.
Sorry for the barrage of questions I've got a lot on my mind, I suppose...
i have a copy of my mri on CD. i paid for it. i can't remember how much it was so it can't have been a big deal.
take control of your own health.
pursue optimal self care, with or without a diagnosis.
about all you an do is "show up on time, dress comfy, and take out all my piercings"
but once there you can ask questions and demand service. i don't see any reason why you couldn't have a copy. you may have to pay for it though.
i assume they should be able to tell you how long it will take to see results after you see them. i know it is hard but try not to worry. that never helps.
while you are waiting, there are things you can do. diet is always good. i also think the more you know the better you are. you mentioned "order a lumbar puncture". if you go in and ask smart questions about this they should listen (if not find another doc). knowledge is power (but don't show up the poor neuro with your knowledge).
Wishing you the best. Diana
In Toronto, generally tests and scans are sent to the doctor within ten days. It may take longer to get in for an appointment with a neurologist, however.
You have a right to view your hospital medical file. But you will have to pay for a CD or print of the MRI.
I suggest you call your neurologist and ask them how soon you can get in, and how long it takes them to receive the MRI. The receptionist will know better than anyone.
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