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"I can't speak highly enough of the neurosurgeons at Royal Hobart Hospital that treated me but can't say the same for the neurologist ..."

About: Royal Hobart Hospital

(as the patient),

I'd been suffering headaches for 2 years, finally got diagnosed with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension in September 2012. My neurologist at the Royal Hobart Hospital that has been treating me with different medications, regular lumbar punctures and also having correspondence with my ophthalmologist and GP who I felt kept treating me like I was faking my illness and seemed to be very dismissive about anything I had to say even though the test results said something different. After speaking with my ophthalmologist and realising I was loosing too much vision, too quickly they finally decided to refer me on to a Neurosurgeon for a VP Shunt. Within 10 minutes of my first consultation with the surgeons they looked at MRI's that were over a year old and through all correspondence with my ophthalmologist they realised I had have Chiari Malformation type 1 (another brain disease that is easily picked up via MRI and listening to my symptoms). Then the question which nobody will answer for me is "Why the heck didn't my neurologist pick up on this a year ago when he went through all my scans etc." I got very lucky the day I went for another MRI to make sure it hadn't developed into type 2 and see which surgery I needed to have first the VP Shunt or the Decompression surgery. I can't speak highly enough of the neurosurgeons that treated me but as for the neurologist I'd love to know how many other people he has ignored and glanced over made them feel small and insignificant like he done to me.

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