Have you recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis? Have you been living with multiple sclerosis for a while? You are probably researching, asking, inquiring and wanting to find the most reliable and up-to-date information and treatment options. Are you wondering if the diagnosis you received is correct? Is the treatment plan recommended to you the best? Maybe it’s time to replace your medication? Or perhaps you should consider joining a relevant clinical trial? At this point, you may be thinking and considering whether you should get a second opinion on the diagnosis itself or the various treatment options available to you.
A second opinion refers to contacting another specialist to express his or her professional evaluation based on your medical documents, imaging tests, neurological examination and more. Often, the main reason for not seeking a second opinion is the feeling of embarrassment or awkwardness towards the attending physician. You don’t want to offend or hurt someone’s feelings. However, when you need to make an important decision regarding the diagnosis, beginning of a new treatment, or continuation of particular medical care, the additional opinion may be beneficial. It can help in making a different decision or reinforcing the decision that has been made. Moreover, discussing the issue with someone new allows another perspective. It enables you to ask questions, to understand the situation in-depth, and to regain a sense of control over the disease management process.