“What are your symptoms?”
“Um… where do I even begin?!? I feel like I’m on a boat all the time. I get migraines… and by migraines I mean headaches. Sometimes I get dizzy, like a spinning feeling. I also feel numbness or tingling sometimes. Oh yeah! I used to be really sensitive to light, but that seems better. My ears ring sometimes, too. I know there is more. Hold on, let me think…”
Has this happened to anyone else at the doctor’s office? I remember when I was seeking out a vestibular migraine diagnosis, I started telling my neurologist about having head pain and random spells of spinning. At previous appointments, we had mostly talked about MdDS. He said, “Oh so you don’t feel like you’re on a boat anymore? Sounds like you are getting better.”
I was actually having constant MdDS symptoms. I had just failed to mention them that day because they weren’t my main concern at the appointment. I realized I was having so many symptoms that it was hard for me to remember to mention them all, and it was hard for the neurologist to keep track! That’s when I decided to make a checklist!
I have gone to a few different specialists since then, and I started working with a different neurologist in April. It’s been super helpful to have or share my checklist of symptoms for each appointment. I print out a new copy and check the boxes before each appointment.
Here is why:
- I don’t forget to mention any symptoms or triggers
- I can look back over time (usually months) and see which symptoms have stopped, improved, or started up again
- I can give a copy to the doctor to keep in their files
- I can track benefits of any treatments I’m trying from appointment to appointment
I’ve been feeling really good lately, so I finally got around to sprucing up my symptom checklists into shareable print-ables!
Here are the links:
If you use them, let me know how it goes!
I’m working on some exciting updates about my personal journey to share soon. 🙂
Wishing you wellness and stillness!