What does my first visit to a neurologist include?

Your first visit to a neurologist can include imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRIs, questions about your medical history and a neurological examination.

Step 1: The neurologist will ask questions regarding your medical history and medications.

Step 2: A neurological examination will be performed, and the findings will be explained to you.

Step 3: Further testing will be advised if needed to be followed by a discussion about an appropriate treatment plan.

Previous Test Results

Your neurologist probably doesn't have access to your previous test results and laboratory work unless all of your doctors are networked through a common electronic records system. Consequently, during your first visit to a neurologist, please remember to carry with you previous test results such as X-rays, MRI scan reports or blood test results if available.

Questions To Discuss With Your Neurologist

We encourage you to be fully informed about your health, which is why when you visit your neurologist, think up a few questions that will help you better understand your medical condition. Below, find suggested questions to ask your neurologist:

  • What caused the disease or condition?
  • How serious is my disease or condition?
  • What side effects should I expect?
  • What symptoms should I watch for?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • Will my job or lifestyle be affected?

At Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, we are dedicated to providing individualized care for each of our patients. Our team of experienced neurologists is trained and skilled in all conditions of the nervous system and provides evaluations, diagnoses, and treatment plans for all types, regardless of how complex they may be. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our neurologists.

Disclaimer: We do not assume responsibility for the use of the provided information or its interpretation. Our efforts are towards providing current and reliable information; however these should not be considered, or used as a substitute for diagnosis or treatment.

Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/