Going to the Neurologist: Things to Know

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Sarah Blake LaRose is a freelance writer and a professor of Biblical Hebrew at Anderson University School of Theology in Anderson, Indiana. She is one of three blind academic scholars who received the Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation of the Blind in 2016 in recognition of innovative work in the field of access to biblical language texts and tools for people who are blind.

A good working relationship with a neurologist is vital to getting seizures under control. Here are a few tips to help you get the most from your visit and relationship.

1. Even if you feel intimidated, act as if you are confident about what you want to ask. Do not allow any professional to make you feel silly for asking questions.

2. Share your medical history openly. You never know what may be important for the doctor to know about, even if it seems trivial to you.

3. Be open to what the neurologist encourages trying. When symptoms are hard to clarify, sometimes finding out what doesn’t work is as important as finding out what does.

4. Keep a record of your response to medications, including changes in your symptoms and side effects.

5. Don’t be afraid to seek a second or even third opinion.

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