When you have multiple sclerosis, you need to have a great neurologist. This is not an area where you can compromise.
Whenever I’m speaking with people who are newly diagnosed, one of the first questions I ask is whether they like their neurologist…”Is this a doctor you trust? Someone you can communicate with easily and openly? Someone you like as a person?”
If they answer no to any of those things, I tell them to find a new neurologist. Immediately.
Your neurologist is your partner in fighting MS and someone with whom you must feel comfortable at the most uncomfortable of times.
I was fortunate to meet my neurologist, Dr. Thomas Chippendale of The Neurology Center in San Diego, the week after my primary care physician told me that I had multiple sclerosis.
My first visit to his office included a spinal tap, a.k.a. lumbar puncture. My dad drove me to the appointment with my then-9-month-old son Jake, and they waited for me as I went in Continue reading