Have to wait 6 months to see a neurologist???

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  1. teeville5

    teeville5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    Wow. My DD went to her doctor about a month ago because she was having difficulties with headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness, lightheaded, and a list of other things. They sent her for tons of blood work (which came back ok, but most of her levels were on the lowest end of normal) and referred her to a neurologist. He told us not to be surprised if it takes 3 months for her to have an appointment and prescribed her a migraine medicine to take until then. I finally got the call today from the neurologist and they scheduled her for their first available appointment which is May 16th. What! 6 months from now! They placed her on a cancellation list, too, just in case someone cancels so maybe she can get in sooner. She has had these headaches for months now and we took her to her doctor only because they had gotten worse and included all the other things. Her headaches are now 24/7, basically never-ending. The migraine pill helps take it down to a level where she can function and concentrate at school, but once they wear off she's back to square one. She can only take 1 a day and takes them at night because they make her a bit loopy at first and wear off by the time she gets home. Now I have to tell her that she has to deal until May 16. Good grief. Sorry, but I just had to rant a bit. It's not easy seeing your child in constant pain and knowing there isn't much you can do about it.
  2. turney31

    turney31 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2008
    palestine texas
    I am so sorry... I think I would burn the phones up with other Docs. Hugs and prayers for your DD.
  3. HeatherLynn

    HeatherLynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Kentucky, Cecilia
    I would even try other states that might be nearby. I hope she sees a doctor soon.
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    I'd be looking for other doctors! 6 months??? A lot can happen in 6 months time.
  5. Kelly G

    Kelly G It's like herding cats!

    I worked in a neurology office for several years....sadly, for non-emergencies, it was typically several months to get in as a new pt. Once you were established, it was no problem to get an appointment.

    The waits are typically longer for the better neurologists (IME).

    Good luck - I hope she gets some relief!
  6. artsy1

    artsy1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2011
    I have constant migraines, and I really feel bad for her.
    That being said, I think that due to her age, it my be a hormonal thing.
    Please..please...........please don't wait that long........It might be something else.
    just think if it is hormonal........maybe just going on a supplement might help........hormone replacement????????????
    I don't know...........poor baby...........my daughter is 18 and she has headaches like me too, but I haven't got her on the meds. yet.
    Trying to hold out as long as possible.
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Agreed. It took me two weeks to get an appointment with my new neurologist. In the six weeks since I have seen her three times and had tests - a brain MRI and an EEG done.
  8. ourlittleflock

    ourlittleflock Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2009
    North Carolina
    you need to find her a doc asap!!!! please don't wait six months.

    I hope it is just migraine because those can be dealt with, praying for your family
  9. hencackle

    hencackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    Is there a medical school or teaching hospital nearby? Your daughter may be able to get an appointment sooner through one of those facilities. I certainly understand how debilitating migraines can be, having suffered through them when I was perimenopausal. I'm so sorry your daughter is having a horrible time right now.
  10. stilldeb

    stilldeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2010
    NW Kentucky
    This is a child and I would call everybody within a 50 mile radius to see if they had anything sooner. Did they do any imaging studies in the meantime? CT or MRI? Any doc can do those, they don't have to wait for the neurologist and could show if there is something going on.

    deb g

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