Thursday, May 3, 2012

Be Straight With Your Doctor

An excerpt from a recent post at HealthCentral:

Earlier this month, I wrote about the stress and anxiety I have been experiencing lately.  It's hard to believe that it was almost three weeks ago I wrote that post.  I blinked and here we are at the end of April.

Before my appointment with the nurse practitioner at the neurology clinic, I filled out the symptom checklist (found on page 3 of the returning MS patient forms).  The checklist is very helpful.  Along the left side of the page are symptoms such as loss of vision, vertigo, weakness (arms/hands - left/right), trouble walking/falling, memory loss/cognitive problems, bowel problems, etc.  For each symptom, you are asked to indicate on a scale of 0 to 5 the severity of each symptom (0=absent, 1=mild, 3=moderate, 5=severe).

For the symptom “depression/anxiety,” I went for the maximum and indicated a “5.”  When my nurse came into the room and quickly glanced at the checklist, she was able to zero in on my current, most disabling symptom.  No beating around the bush.  We got down to business and talked about the state of my mental health.

Read this post in its entirety:

Anxiety and Multiple Sclerosis: Seek Help!

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