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Hemifacial Spasm/trigeminal Neuralgia? Are the majority of us middle to low income? Does our general practitioner refer us to a neurologist that is a specialist in hemifacial spasm and/or trigeminal neuralgia or do they just refer us to a neurologist that they know, or is it a random referral? Do we all stay with one neurologist, or do we get pro-active and search for a specialist on our own. What I am trying to make a point of is that it took me over eight plus years going to different neurologists that prescribe the same medicines that never work. When I finally decided that I was going to find a surgeon that was experienced in microvascular decompression and I went to my neurologist to get a referral, my neurologist had never heard of the specialist. I live in Spokane, WA and the specialist is in Seattle, WA. It really makes me angry that I suffered for eight years with HFS when there was a specialist on the other side of the state that was an expert on microvascular decompression. Do neurologists have that big of an ego that they can't say, "I can't cure your HFS, but I have heard of somebody that is very good."
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