CH diagnosis

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Posted by Bensue ( on June 16, 2000 at 15:31:01:

In Reply to: They do, but often stop when you go beyond symptoms into self-diag... posted by Andrew Mytys on June 16, 2000 at 14:10:46:

Well, I visited a very thorough neuro a few years ago. He had my records from visits to a former partner who had relocated. In the records was a note to give me a shot of Imitrex in the office.
But he would not do this until I had MRI, carotid artery scan, echogram, chest x-ray, blood tests,etc. Weeks went by; meanwhile I had to
visit the emergency room. I had never had the Imitrex. But I asked to try it. I got it, it worked. I told my neuro about this. Still he would not
prescribe it until I had suffered weeks of agony.
I wish I had known to ask for oxygen.
He had started me on Verapamil, but I thought that was for my BP so I didn't worry much about taking it - he did not tell me it was good for CH
Some doctors are great, some are very cautious, some are very stubborn - just as in other professions there is a host of different personalities and approaches.
I try to respect the doctor's years of school and superior medical knowledge. But this one I quit after I got my prescriptions. He was more nterested in observing my carotid artery scan so he could learn to do it himself. I was in a cold sweat that an attack would occur during that test or the MRI. I don't think there was any need to
prolong my agony and I told him I would not last another week while waiting for test results. I stood over him and demanded he write me a prescription for Imitrex or something.
I appreciate his thoroughness, but in my opinion CH is an emergency!!!If you know there is an abortive your give it until the other kicks in at least.

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