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How Is A Movement Disorder Specialist Different From The Neurologist? Can They Also Prescribe Medicine?

How Is A Movement Disorder Specialist Different From The Neurologist? Can They Also Prescribe Medicine?

My mother's neurologist has NEVER impressed me. She has had PD for 10 years. She will be 94 in Aug. I have been with her on her dr visits and all the neurologist does is give her 3 words to remember, watch her walk, have her touch her finger to her nose, and sometimes draw the face of a clock and then ask what the three words were. He doesn't ask specific questions about how she is doing or what bothers her most, etc, and she offers no information unless i send her with instructions for certain… read more

posted July 15, 2016 (edited)
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member

I think the definition of a movement specialist is a neurologist who specializes in neurological diseases with movement disorder like PD. But as in everything else, choosing a personal doctor is not always clear cut. There are those doctors wether specialists or genaral practitioners who listens and talks to their patients more than they write or worse, those who do not even greet you or introduce themselves when they enter the room but go straight to the computer to read or to type in your personal data. This happened to me and I never went back. I think this specialist-neurologist knows his business because he diagnosed me as atypical parkinsons, which was confirmed by the next three neurologist i consulted. The last two were movement specialist. Here is hoping that you find a good personal doctor for your Mom. God Bless.

posted July 25, 2016 (edited)
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member

A MDS is a neorologist who specializes in movement disorders. Most neurologists just know the standard info about PD, but some MDS's are no better. I travel to see my neurologist all the way from DFW to San Antonio, just to get a good one.

posted July 15, 2016
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member

Finding a really good dr is seriously right up there with finding a good and honest mechanic! It isn't easy to find good dr. Keep looking! Do you have a P D .group who meets periodically? You could get names there ! My group has not been meeting d/t the Chinese virus but I imagine we'll be starting up again soon.

posted May 25, 2021
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member

I have a fantastic neurologist. All she does is movement disorders. She is rated among the best in her field. I live in Mississippi but have to New Orleans (only an hour away). She does research, teaches and sponsors events for PD patients and care givers. On Saturday my wife and I attended a symposium she coordinated. It was great.

posted April 30, 2018
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member

I have a great neurologist but he won't see you unless you are referred by another Dr my sister is displaying signs of ad both my mother and brother had this awful disease my sister's family Dr who was also my mother's Dr won't even listen to the thought that my sister may have a problem therefore I'm going to have to play the bad sister and insence he do a referral to my neurologist .i think this is awful don't Drs have any feelings at all sorry for rant just wish the Dr would take a interest instead of just thinking about how many pts he can see in one day

posted August 23, 2017

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