View Full Version : Why is a nuero improtant?

03-05-2009, 06:30 PM
Just got diagnosed with sleep apnea which explains the fatigue, chest pains, mood swings, and brain fogs. It still does not explain the muscle stiffness, joint pain, and low grade fevers. I have an appointment with neuro sometime next week but I was thinking of canceling due to being diagnosed with sleep apnea. But every time I read the threads everyone mentions seeing rheumy and neuro. What can neuro tell me that would make a difference?

Angel Oliver
03-05-2009, 06:35 PM

I think its best NOT to cancel. I am not too sure why....only way i can explain is....my asthma.I see my normal doctor for this when i am having an attack. But i also see the consultant at the chest clinic. Now the chest clinic doc is the one who is in charge of tests and what better meds i can have. So maybe...the neuro doc....he is more specialised maybe in the apnea....can help you more in a 'specialised way'. D you understand what i mean? I hope so :)


03-05-2009, 06:49 PM
One thing I want to say is you are alwyas wonderful and helpful and usually try to respond to almost every thread...absolutely Thank You! I understand about expertise in diagnosing a particular condition. I went to a sleep doctor not sure of his official title (probably fell asleep when he told me :) ) So I now just want to focus on the stiff muscles, joint pain, and low grade fevers. Can a neuro do that? I guess I'm getting tired of going to multiple specialist that may not lead to a clue in the diagnosis problem I just want to focus the time and energy on a solid answer. Geesh I always want the impossible...is that a woman thing LOL

P.S. have been limping for the last few days now as my knee can no longer tolerate my right side of my body...dah dah dum..more to the mystery :)

Angel Oliver
03-05-2009, 07:00 PM
Oh i feel that knee pain.....you just try and rest up now. I wish i had more knowledge for you but i dont, sorry. Oh please dont thank me.I thank you for posting, cause im going insane awake on my own :)I am sure any time now someone will post here and put you at ease soon. Ive never seen one.I am going for a MRI soon on the jaw n empty head lol :) Ive only seen a Rheumatologist for my ailments. I have tried for 5 years to see a sleep specialist.Its 2am now im so tired and took all the right meds.I am so glad they found out about the apnea.Now you can be treated and you know what.....i bet you find you feel so much better once you see this Neuro guy.Bet he's the one with the magic pills....just hang in there and know i right with you. :)


03-05-2009, 10:17 PM

I am going to echo Angel. Don't cancel and see the neuro. They may run numerous tests and find other things as well. After running some of them, I found out I have vegetation on my heart and leaky valves. I would just do it.

Keep us updated ok?

Take care,


03-06-2009, 06:10 AM
hi spanglishqueen,

i would also keep the appointment. Historically, i have always had just one dr. now I have a list of specialists that i have to keep on my frig, cause i can't keep up with them. I look at it as a team, that is there if i have a special need. I have seen a neurological opthomologist, because of concerns for damage to my eyes. I can understand the importance of a neurologist, to keep an eye on any damage the lupus is potentially doing to your neurological system.

So, my friend, just add another "ologist" to your list, and hope that you don't have to keep revisiting them.


03-06-2009, 08:08 AM
Much of the pain of Lupus can be caused by nerve involvement, so I would definitely see the Neuro. Also, you never know when you might find a really outstanding and thorough specialist. Although I'm still on a neverending search for a rheumo I don't want to choke to death after 5 minutes, my neurologist is awesome and helps me with as many things as he can. You might get lucky, so I'd definitely keep your appointment.


03-07-2009, 04:57 PM
It can't hurt to keep the appointment with the neuro. The knee pain I have I attribute to joint pain associated with lupus. But the weakness baffles me. I assume that must be lupus related too.