You have all been so supportive and helpful, I hope I am not taking advantage, but my husband and I have another question. We have only had one appointment with a neurologist. Although he told us at that first visit he thought my husband had PD, gave us books and info on PD, and a prescription for Azilect, still he ran a whole bunch of tests, I guess to make sure he wasn't missing something. Bloodwork for everything from HIV to lupus, RA, Hepatitis, Lymes and Wilson's disease, also and MRI and MRA, the Dat Scan.
He also ordered a Carotid Doppler and an EEG. We have done all the testing except the EEG and Carotid Doppler which is scheduled for April 22. But now since the Dat Scan came out abnormal,we are wondering why he still has him scheduled for an EEG and Carotid Doppler. They are done at his office and I don't want to even think he ordered these because of the money he makes. I want to think he is just being thorough--or maybe he hasn't had the time to look over my husband's file and realize what's going on. Our follow up with him is not until the end of May. But we are thinking about calling his office to find out if these tests are still necessary. I do know that my husband's MRI came back showing some scattered nonspecific subcortical hyperintense foci that the radiologist wrote under impressions could be: small vessel ischemic change (or demyelination, vasculitis or gliosis). But when I questioned the Dr. on the MRI he said that the spots on the MRI meant nothing (if I understood him right) In my researching that made sense because it seems very common to have some of these UBO's (unidentified bright objects-- I saw some Radiologists refer to them as such) in healthy people with no symptoms. So I don't think he would need the doppler becaues of those results, but of course I'm not the Doc.
And so, I just wanted to ask you all -- is there any reason at all to do an EEG or a Carotid Doppler, when we now have the abnormal results from the Dat Scan? Is PD still a diagnosis of exclusion? Did any of you have those tests during the diagnostic process. I think I have read that an EEG can show changes related to dementia or cognitive problems. Do any of your Neuros do EEG's on you looking for cognitive issues?
Just want to understand before I call the office and question the reasoning behind these two more tests since we now have the Dat Scan results.
Thank you for your help