Expectation of Consultant

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I would like an opinion of what should be mentioned in a consultation.

Recently, I was diagnoses with a very serious condition for which there is little medical treatment.

I have decided to obtain a second opinion regarding the diagnosis. In addition, I have decided to explore alternative therapies.

I have an out patient appointment shortly with the original consultant. I am wondering if I should mention that I am obtaining a second opinion, and my desire to seek alternative therapies; or should these factors not be mentioned?


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    I am assuming that you are in the UK.

    He should have no objection to you seeking a second opinion. Have you researched who is best in the field for your condition. He may be able to advise on that. I was told by one hospital that the UK centre of excellence for neurology is in Bristol. I did not pursue that as it would be an impossible journey from where I live.

    Very often if you search on consultants they do 'awaydays' at some out of the way locations One I was told about from Kings College has a private clinic at Maidstone and an NHS one in Sevenoaks,. Like me he will probably advise against most alternative therapies. In your case more so if it is a little understood condition.

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    Yes. Having second opinions are great. Try to say it in a nice way. I was wondering can you share your symptoms and condition?
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    Thanks to all for responding
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