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My Nuroligist says I am too old to have MS, my family doctor disagrees, who is right?

By Anonymous November 30, 2011 - 5:33pm
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I am 57 years old. My family doctor noticed that I have many symptoms of MS so she refered me to a nuroligist. He told me that I am too old to have MS even though I told him I have had some of the symptoms for over 20 years. In the past, the symptoms were not bad enough to keep me from working. Since I did not have health insurance and made too much to qualify for government health programs, I just lived with them. Over the past few years, the symptoms have gotten bad enough to interfere with my day to day activities. My family doctors thinks I should see another nuroligist; that I need more tests; the Nuroligist thinks I should just wait and see. Who's advice should I follow?

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I would follow the advice of your family doctor. She probably knows you better than the neurologist who might have spent 30 minutes to an hour with you.

Multiple sclerosis  is most commonly diagnosed between ages 20 and 40, but can be seen at any age.

Getting the opinion of a second neurologist is a good idea. With a firm diagnosis, you can get treatment, manage the symptoms and get the relief you deserve.


November 30, 2011 - 5:57pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you for your quick responce. I felt that I should follow my family doctor's advice, and finding out that MS can be seen at any age has re-inforced that. Thanks so much.

December 1, 2011 - 8:33am
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