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    Question about neuro exam
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    leahcar07 posted:
    Ok. I am not dx with anything (I didn't see a Neurology forum however) I have had random neurological symptoms for more than 15 years. In April I got up one morning and instead of getting up like normal my body veered to the right, I then went on to experience vertigo like symptoms for some time. It got better for a few weeks and then came back. I couldn't walk strait to save my life. LOL especially first thing in the morning. My PCP sent me to ENT, then a cardiologist, and now to the Neurologist. I had my apt on Monday. *side not, I have had other symptoms as well such as weakness in arms and legs and numbness in hands and left leg. I have had tingling and a tremor (which I have had once in the past only on the other hand) my legs feel like Jello and the muscles feel so tired.*

    OK my question is. Is it typical for a neurologist after completing the exam to not say one way or another how I did? what was normal, what was not?? Because this doctor didn't say a word. This is bugging me now. I mean because I know some of the things weren't normal. But he didn't elaborate or explain. Like for example my reflexes. I am not sure how all the others were, but when it came to my left leg it was VERY hyper reflexive....It scared me HA! he bopped my knee and my knee shot up like a high kick! That "can't" be normal ... right? Also I could not walk on my heels at all. Those were the only two things that I know of. I don't understand the results of anything else.

    He did order an MRI and a EMG so maybe that should tell me something. But he did say that the balance problems and dizziness was just vertigo, which confused me. *sigh*

    UGH! I am so frustrated!!!
     
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    hackwriter responded:
    HI leahcar07,

    It's no wonder you're confused! But what you've just experienced is pretty much what happens when we are first tested by a neurologist. Vertigo simply means that the dizziness you have is the room-spinning kind, it doesn't say much about the cause. The doc hasn't told you much because he can't yet, he has to see the results of the testing he's ordered and then possibly order some more. Multiple sclerosis might not be the cause of your symptoms, it could be a hundred other things. It might take a long time to find out what's going on. I hope it isn't MS, but if it is, please know that you have an online community here where you can vent and ask questions all you like. I wish you the very best with your testing and hope you find some relief soon. Please do update us when you find out more.

    Kim
     
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    Stephanie Butler, RN responded:
    Hello Leah,

    Thank you for reaching out! I copied your question and my response to our new WebMD community platform. You can see it here: https://messageboards.webmd.com/health-conditions/f/multiple-sclerosis/155/question-about-the-neuro-exam


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