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Doctor won't send me to neuro
« on: March 19, 2014, 12:30:53 PM »
So I went to the doctor the other day for a lingering cough and mentioned that I'm STILL having this facial pressure/tingling (ever since October).  He reviewed the ENTs findings (clear sinus CT scan) and said he thinks it's anxiety or stress.  He said that there's always a chance there could be SOMETHING else causing it, but no tests/machines are showing signs of anything which means it isn't serious...just a nuisance.

I asked if I should see a neuro for further evaluation.  He said absolutely not.  There are no signs of any neurological issues and going to one would just waste my time and money.  He said there's nothing wrong with me.

Nice to hear that there's nothing seriously wrong from his medical perspective, but kind of frustrating that there's no solution to the facial pressure symptoms.  In my doctor's words, "As you get older, things change.  This may just be YOU." 

Thoughts?
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Re: Doctor won't send me to neuro
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2014, 01:41:13 PM »
You need to learn to trust and put faith in your doctor's opinion. I understand this is difficult and something I struggle with as well.
You had a clear CT scan. Focus your mind on something else and see if the symptoms disappear.

It sounds silly, but I took up knitting/crochet to get my mind off of symptoms. It really helps! My mind focuses on the patterns and the motion of my hands and more often than not I find that my symptoms vanish just as quickly as they appeared.
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Re: Doctor won't send me to neuro
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2014, 06:17:35 PM »
Is it a doctor you've had for a long time? Does he seem like he knows you well? If so, I agree you should trust what he says.

Now, if it's a new doctor, or he doesn't answer questions or anything like that, I'd say got to someone else for another opinion, but it sounds like he's done enough tests to be confident.


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Re: Doctor won't send me to neuro
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2014, 09:08:03 PM »
I have the facial pressure/tingling. (In fact, I had it earlier today.)   It is indeed anxiety.
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Re: Doctor won't send me to neuro
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2014, 09:16:41 PM »
Facial pressure can be due to sinus issues, even though your CT scan was clear. If your doctor was
concerned, than he would have sent you for more tests.
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Re: Doctor won't send me to neuro
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2015, 11:30:24 AM »
It's been awhile since anyone posted to this thread, but I'm going to anyways.

I say trust your Dr. about as far as you can throw them.

Generally speaking, doctors are good intentioned, but that doesn't mean they can't hurt you too.

I would encourage everyone to ALWAYS research any medication a doctor wants to prescribe. Don't just assume they are all knowing and can't get it wrong or give you something that can have life-long consequences. In particular, pay attention to any pain medication and/or tranquilizer type medicines. These can, and in many cases will, cause terrible dependency issues later.

Lastly, if you feel you aren't getting the care you want/need - then get a second opinion. That's pretty standard and generally accepted by any doctor as a rational approach to your own care.
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Re: Doctor won't send me to neuro
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2015, 01:31:17 PM »
It's been awhile since anyone posted to this thread, but I'm going to anyways.

I say trust your Dr. about as far as you can throw them.

Generally speaking, doctors are good intentioned, but that doesn't mean they can't hurt you too.

I would encourage everyone to ALWAYS research any medication a doctor wants to prescribe. Don't just assume they are all knowing and can't get it wrong or give you something that can have life-long consequences. In particular, pay attention to any pain medication and/or tranquilizer type medicines. These can, and in many cases will, cause terrible dependency issues later.

Lastly, if you feel you aren't getting the care you want/need - then get a second opinion. That's pretty standard and generally accepted by any doctor as a rational approach to your own care.

Let's face it, there are good and not so good in everything including physicians but to make a blanket statement like "I say trust your Dr. about as far as you can throw them." promotes distrust, fear mongering and feeds the dragon. Certainly it's prudent to question medications depending on what they are but I see WAY too many people not take a medication because of reading the possible side effects. Even those that are afraid to take an antibiotic for an infection which is not only irrational but can be very detrimental.

One of the main symptoms of HA is mistrust of medical professionals, test results and fear of meds. To post something that basically encourages that is not prudent.

As far as a second opinion? Indeed, when it comes to a real diagnosis of a serious illness such as cancer or heart disease, it's wise to get a 2nd opinion. When I was diagnosed with Stage IV H&N cancer, I got a 2nd opinion from Johns Hopkins (the best H&N center in the country) and ended up getting treated there. That being said, to get a second opinion after being given the all clear for some of the illnesses posted about here (Cancers...MS...ALS... and the other rare illnesses etc.) is a waste of time, money and takes away resources from those that may actually need help.

If a doctor has done their due diligence in accessing a situation (which most all do), then you should learn to trust the doctor and the diagnosis. The key is to stop chasing a diagnosis and treat the real illness which is anxiety.

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Re: Doctor won't send me to neuro
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2015, 11:50:57 PM »
It's been awhile since anyone posted to this thread, but I'm going to anyways.

I say trust your Dr. about as far as you can throw them.

Generally speaking, doctors are good intentioned, but that doesn't mean they can't hurt you too.

I would encourage everyone to ALWAYS research any medication a doctor wants to prescribe. Don't just assume they are all knowing and can't get it wrong or give you something that can have life-long consequences. In particular, pay attention to any pain medication and/or tranquilizer type medicines. These can, and in many cases will, cause terrible dependency issues later.

Lastly, if you feel you aren't getting the care you want/need - then get a second opinion. That's pretty standard and generally accepted by any doctor as a rational approach to your own care.

You trust you mechanic to do your brakes on your car. If they do it wrong, bad things could happen, like a fatal car accident.
But you are iffy about a physician who has had a minimum of 25,000 hours of training?
Sure Doctors can be wrong, but 99% of the time they are not.
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Always take what I say with a grain of salt. Everything I say is meant for education or entertainment. It isn't a substitute for medical advice.
If in doubt or worried, go to your doc!

Remember that physicians have over 25,000 hours at a minimum (not including bachelors). Trust them!

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