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Preparing for Your Neurology Appointment - Exam Part 2
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MRI, CAT, or other tests

Depending on your symptoms and what the doctor observes (signs) or based on the doctor's hunch or suspicions, you may need additional tests such as EEG (brain waves), Nerve Conduction, EMG (tests limbs), MRI of brain or spine, or CAT scan of brain or spine. Each of these tests are fairly simple for most people. Some people can't lie flat; they will put a wedge under your legs to make you more comfortable. Allow at least 30 minutes pre-test and 45mins to 1 hour for the test. Each MRI runs 30mins to 1 hour (generally 45 mins) so you'll be there for a while.

The technicians cannot tell you results. So, don't ask. You'll only get a stone-walling answer, or you'll get the "we can't tell you" lecture.

Typically, results go to the doctor's office within a day or two. BUT almost always, patients must do a return appointment before hearing the results. Return appointments may be several weeks apart.

Don't expect a call from the office. They don't call patients to give test results--even if something is "seen". The only exception if if a test showed a critical, life-threatening condition -- for example, an aneurism. So if you've been suffering in pain from a herniated disk, expect to suffer a few more weeks until your follow-up appointment. This is SOP: Standard operating procedure -- the status quo.

If a problem is "seen", don't panic. Many people have changes shown on tests but not all changes are significant or require additional medical care. Some conditions are not severe enough. Some conditions are unclear or must develop further before an accurate diagnosis is made.

Lastly, don't expect too much from your neuro Dr. Be realistic. Know that the Dr's time is limited. Expect a fast-in/fast-out appointment; be prepared so you can use the limited time wisely.
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