Published November 14, 2016 by helentastic67



Part 1

I’m seeing a Neuro (as in Neurologist or Surgeon) tomorrow at a Stroke Clinic at the Alfred Hospital.

I haven’t been to a specialist for maybe 5 years, since having been given the ‘all-clear’.

But I’m thinking how to cover the things he might need to hear to get some ‘Action’!

Might start with a stocktake of the last 7 days and how many of those days were migraine free:

Let’s see              Monday – Migraine

Tuesday – Hangover from said migraine

Wednesday – Hung-over still

Thursday – Slept until 2pm!


And that was while a chainsaw was going on next door and when that stopped they went on to the wood chipper!

Had I prepared to leave the house I would have fed that operator into the wood chipper!

Friday – OK, I think

Saturday – bit of a niggle behind my eye.

Sunday – again!

So total migraine free days – 1

Part 2

Well, that all turned out to be a bit of a bust! Keeping in mind consistency is the key.

Public clinic’s (Specialist ones run within the hospitals) you need to request to have the same specialist each time. I even go to the point of calling the day before to confirm I get to see the same guy who has always seen me.

And despite all my efforts, which include a mention to reception on the way in, I end up in a small consulting room with someone who looks younger than me!

I know, I know! I’m not saying only see a Neurologist if they are old and grey! But I don’t know, I think I want them to be older than I am.

Oh yeah. And there always seems to be a student in the room. Because I always feel compelled to explain all the things that have been discussed. Ie. What Botox is good for, not just faces…..having had Botox in my arm twice and my calf twice also.




11 comments on “Neuro

  • One of the irritating, and sometimes infuriating, problems with having to see a different doctor is trying to repeat a lifetime of your experiences to a new doctor who might have 5 minutes to spare for you.

    My experiences, with a few exceptions, with doctors from the middle east and India have made it so that the minute they insinuate it’s all in my head, I’m out of there. I have no use for any doctor who trivializes women by labeling us as hypochondriacs or histrionic. I went so far as to tell one of them that if it was all in my head, I’d be seeing a doctor more than once a year and only when I couldn’t handle the problem myself.

    I have indeed typed with a migraine, when my right eye wanted to pop out of the socket and the entire right side of my head was trying to blow like a volcano, when I was so dizzy I had to hold onto the walls to keep from falling, and when I couldn’t stand the tiniest bit of light. I’ve spent more than a few hours in bed with a cold, wet washcloth over my eyes and an ice pack on the side of my head. I know what you mean about the hangover, too.

    What has helped to reduce the migraines considerably are wearing glasses with a 25% grey tint, always wearing a baseball cap anytime I go outside, and living in a house that has very low lighting and NO fluorescent lights.

    I have one neurologist for the headaches and another one for the Tourette’s. It does make sense, but it still surprised me to find specialists for that specialty.

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  • A comment that popped out of my ADD mouth to yet another young dentist, years ago, “What happened? Did all the old dentists die?” So I truly get it.

    I also get the frustration of repeat-repeat-repeating my history over the past 30 years (with NO appreciable change to dx, meds, or symptoms, btw (especially to new doctors who don’t take the time to READ ‘sup with me).

    As they say in the theatre, “Courage Camillie!” – don’t play nice unless their behavior warrants it. Don’t grant respect – make them earn it.

    A good friend of mine struggling with a ton of problems (like MS, inoperable brain tumor, Type II Diabetes with neuropathy, and more) once SCREAMED at one of his core doctors, “Stop being such a ‘frigging’ asshole!” Believe it or not, it turned the relationship around in his case! Whatever it takes, right?

    My heart goes with you.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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  • Amen–it’s too incredible that anyone would volunteer for a hangover. My migs were daily for a long time. I’m thankful for the astute internist I had, and for rizatriptan, AKA Maxalt. But it doesn’t vanquish all of them. They come only infrequently now, and that’s a blessing.

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