A Second Opinion

Last week, following the wonderful mini-vacation and science conference that we enjoyed, I had a follow-up appointment with the MS specialist.  This follow-up comes on the heels of having seen an  neuro-opthomologist (which frankly was kind of a waste of time) and a neurosurgeon (the pineal cyst is not big enough to require surgery or be a source of concern), and following several blood tests (with tests for NMO and sticky-blood syndrome, along with the usual MS blood panel, all of which tested negative).

During this appointment, Dr. H. seemed to me to be a little off her game, or maybe I was expecting more from her than was fair.  Continue reading

How many specialists does it take to …

… make a diagnosis?   (My title here was a weak attempt at humor, making a play on the “How many PhD’s does it take to change a lightbulb” joke.  Yeah, I know, don’t quit my day job to become a comedian just yet).

In the past 2 weeks, I will have or will soon be seeing no less than 4 specialists related to the field of neurology, in addition to my “primary” neurologist.  Continue reading

Data, diagnosis, and the Scientific Method

My previous emails have been an attempt to provide a 15-year background and quickly catch up to the present-day.  I’m almost there!  When I last posted, I was discussing my Copaxone treatment, and mentioned that one reason that I had fallen “off the wagon” for a couple of days was because of an unusually stressful week that got me home late each evening and really just too tired to deal with the hassle and pain.

Well, there was another reason for temporarily stepping off the wagon… Continue reading