First CT Scan

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First CT Scan

Post  Olee on Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:10 am

After months of increased intensity with my migraines, my doctor finally said he cannot manage my situation any longer. He has referred me to a neurologist, or one of my liking. I have had a couple of months of agony, sudden stabbing pains that leave me dizzy and nauseous and have lasted for days until I take a steroid. Of course I've had the usual migraines that either are there when I wake up or start mid day. He also ordered a CT scan, which I have never had in the entire history of this condition for close to 20 years. I was being treated by a neurologist once before in another city, but found that my personal physician was more effective. I hate changing doctors and going through the questions and adapting to a new personality. I'm also wondering what's going to show up on the CT scan.
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Re: First CT Scan

Post  tortoisegirl on Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:17 am

The scan is a good idea upon onset of headaches or any symptoms change. Typically nothing will show up. Some more severe patients have brain lesions show up on theirs. The main reason to get one is to rule out the scary stuff like tumors. Similarly, blood work, and sometimes a spinal tap is in order (although I'd only push for the spinal tap if you get a change in pain from lying down vs. standing). I also have done better with my primary doctor treating me. What I'm doing now is I go to various specialists (including a neuro), and have my primary manage my care and prescribe all my meds (such as ones the specialists recommend). Most neuros are poor at actually managing your care, but may have some new treatment and diagnosis ideas. I always enjoy getting new opinions. Best wishes.

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