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  1. #21
    How hard is it to go out of town?

    Do you actually need a ?paper/electronic referral? In the US, some insurance companies require a referral, but many to do not. And in the US, when you call a specialist clinic they sometimes will ask you who referred you to them.... but you can say anyone and it doesn't matter. They don't check, or honestly really care.

    If an actual formal referral is not strictly required for you, I would call a few neurology clinics and be open about your situation. Say you are paralyzed and in a wheelchair, and have new weakness in your arm and was seen in the ER and was told to see a neurologist soon for appropriate testing. Tell them you are having difficulty getting around because your new weakness. Give them the name of your primary care or the name of the doc from the ED if they ask who referred you. And just ask to be put on a cancellation list and call every day to see if there is an opening. Ask if you can speak with the nurse to help assess if you could/should be seen sooner.

    Because this isn't really something you can treat in the ER. They don't do the appropriate tests there, or have the appropriate expertise, so might as well at least get an appointment on the books now.

    Sometimes it is easier to get in with a physiatrist more quickly, unless you just don't have many of these doctors in your community.

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    Senior Member lynnifer's Avatar
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    There's one physiatrist here in Windsor. I'm a bit better today - still weak and numb but pins and needles.
    Make America Sane Again. lol

    T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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    Don't fool around with this. Get an appointment as soon as you can. I know the health care system in Canada is different from the US but do your best to be seen while you have the symptoms. That way they can more accurately diagnose what is going on.
    ckf

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    I just did the act and whinced in great pain. I now know what caused this - I have a top load washer - grabbing wet clothes out of there. I've been washing a lot of sheets lately because my bowel and bladder are currently giving me trouble again. Thick heavy flannel because I always believed it was better for my skin and I'm always cold.

    At least I know where it happened now. I see an infectious disease doc this aft ... perhaps she will help but she wasn't too keen last time. Specialists are like, 'Go see your family doc." Gave up my car and in a power chair - no bus service out there so that will be challenging.
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    Wet laundry really is a pain! I usually get in too much of a hurry with it, just to get the washing over with. Not good for neck and arms and back, that's for sure.
    MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions

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    The pain has gone down, until last night when it took 3hrs to get into bed because the arm is weak and numb. Aleve and heat helps.

    My own GP is gone all June and I couldn't get in ... I do have a lead on a new female doctor, but the downside is she would have a big learning curve with my history. She is a new graduate (so was mine 25yrs ago lol). Same school. Another idea is to call my GP and get a phone referral to a local physiatrist I've never seen before. My friend Sue recommends her. The new doc was reccomended by an internist I saw back in February.

    I may visit the chiropractor - he did help within 2 visits for a shoulder injury years ago. Pins and needles along with numbness ... I think immobilization helps which is frustrating.
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    T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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    I'd go for the physiatrist first.
    MS with cervical and thoracic cord lesions

  8. #28
    Please see the physiatrist. A new primary care doctor may be good for other reasons, but not to help with this.

    It is not appropriate to see a chiropractor.

    Can you call the Physiatry office and say the ER referred you? Give the ER Doctor name? Alternatively, yes just call your PCP and ask for a referral. Like that idea.

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    A physiatrist is your best bet at this stage. They are much more experienced with this type of injury and can set you up with the proper rehab.

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