Mar 24, 2009
The doctor was a complete jackass. He basically ignored all the symptoms I've had that don't fit anything other than MS. He gave a cursory 10-minute exam (if that!) and didn't do half the things I keep reading are part of a thorough neurological exam. When he tested my reflexes, one leg jumped and the other didn't. Which apparently didn't concern him in the slightest.
He didn't ask me to do anything with my eyes closed, he didn't ask me to walk backward, he didn't test to see if I could distinguish hot and cold or sharp and dull. He asked me to remember three words, but he never asked me later what they were.
He said something would have shown up on the brain MRI after all this time. The only way it might not is if I had symptoms indicative of a spinal lesion, like vertigo. I said, "Do I have to have vertigo right at this moment in your office? Because it is on the timeline I brought in. I've had vertigo and dizzyness."
He said the percentage of people with negative MRIs and MS was tiny. I said, "But the MS Society says 20% of people with MS have negative brain MRIs. That's one out of five people - that's not a small percentage." To which he replied, "The MS Society lies."
I spent longer paying the bill than he spent examining me or listening to me put together.
So I have an appointment with a rheumatologist on Friday. I've already seen a rheumatologist, and while I thought he was a quack who was only interested in getting me to come back and give him another copay, he did order tests. Lots of them. X-rays of every bone in my body and vials upon vials upon more vials of blood.
I'm so frustrated right now.