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Unread 11-07-2012, 08:23 PM   #1
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Confused what to expect at first neurologist appointment?

I have a neurologist appointment in a few days and I'm pretty nervous. I recieved adouble concussion in April and am still suffering symptoms so we decided to go to a neuro to make sure there's nothing going on that we don't know about. Ive never had any scans or tests done so does anybody know what types of tests will happen if any? Please help im really nervous. Thanks for any responses
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Unread 11-07-2012, 08:58 PM   #2
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aliciaj,

Please, by all means, do not allow yourself to become "worked up" about this appt.
There is no need whatsoever to make yourself "nervous" about an upcoming appt. with neurologist.
He/she will most likely (in *most* of our collective NT experience/s here) spend even less time with you than your last GP appt. Yes.
Neurologist will likely only do very rudimentary, ultra-basic, gross neurological checks with you in the exam room; no 'big tests', no MRI, no CT, no EEG --- okay? It's really no big deal.

He/she may or may not write orders for further tests, but truly the neurologist appt is no big deal whatsoever.
Don't let your mind run away with you over this upcoming appointment.

If anything, like most of the rest of us here, you'll be ultra disappointed in the whole experience.
Good luck to you and keep us posted.

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Unread 11-08-2012, 12:16 AM   #3
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aliciaj,

Theta is steering you right. Most neuros will only do a minimal exam. There is not much a neuro can do for Post Concussion Syndrome than tell you to get quiet rest. Most neuros won't even do that. They just say, "It may take some more time."

What symptoms are your worst?

What are you doing to help with your recovery?

Try to not worry. Anxiety is not good for recovery.

My best to you.
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59 years old, retired due to disability, married 34 years, father of three, grandfather of four, Suffered a serious concussion at 10 years old (1965) stopped most driving after concussion at 46 years old (2001), Post Concussion Syndrome/Multiple Concussion/Impact Syndrome with PTSD, immediate/short term visual and auditory memory problems, slowed processing speed, visual/auditory processing difficulties, insomnia, absence seizures, OCD, 14 concussions since first concussion at 8 years old, Taking paroxetine for 14 years and gabapentin for 12 years. Added L-Tryptophan and stopped paroxetine after 3 months of tapering. I currently take 500 mgs of L-Tryptophan AM, 500 mgs noon, and 500 mgs PM.


As of Nov 15th, Due to high stress issues resulting in PTSD, docs put me on 3 meds. Clonazepam but only for 30 days ) .125 mgs twice daily (Doc presc. .25 mgs 2x daily but half a tablet is good) , citalopram (Celexa), an SSRI , and olanzapine (Zyprexa), an atypical anti-psychotic that usually causes weight gain before bed. I lost over 30 pounds since mid July. It just stopped the weight loss. Took me off the gabapentin. I am feeling better than I have in years.

This great feeling only lasted a month. Back to the same old PCS doldrums.

May 2014, I am off the olanzapine due to a 6 fold price increase. Back on 600 mgs of gabapentin before bed.

I am also taking L-Theanine to help with GABA regulation


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