I visited the doctor for strange kinds of sensations in my head. I have been visiting many doctors for the same complaint from past 3 years. A major problem in Bangalore I felt is that there is no clarity which doctor to visit for these kinds of complaints. I visited general physicians, neurologists, psychiatists, ENT doctors and even non-allopathic doctors. But the problem remained the same. Even I went to the most popular neurologist of Ramaiah Medical College. But I didn't get a proper solution. I underwent a series of investigations including the costly ones like MRI, hearing tests and so many. But after all these tests, my phisician told that they are not able to diagnose and they referred tome Dr. Ravi in Family Hospital. They said that he is an expert in such kinds of cases. Really he has expert clinical skills. He conducted several tests in the OPD itself which were never done to me before. Finally they made a diagnosis of simple anxiety and gave some medications. He also explained to me in simple language why it is not Vertigo, brain or ear related problems which was diagnosed to me before. Surprisingly, my condition started improving within 1 week. Now after 3 visits, the problem is almost gone. The advantage of of Dr. Ravi is that he has knowledge of both neurology and psychiatry because of which he can test in both the directions. We need more doctors like him so that the lot of money spent in unnecessary investigations and visiting many doctors can be saved. I recommend him to everyone who is having problems in diagnosis of their symptoms, especially confused if to go to a Neurologist or a Psychiatrist.
Dr. Ravi Prakash replied
Dear Dorai. Thank you for your comments. Interesting to see that you have analyzed so many things about some of the problems with the healthcare system in Bangalore. I agree with you that in India patients with problems like yours face lot of difficulty in reaching a right doctor. In other developed Countries like US, patients usually go to the "General Practitioners" first who then observes the symptoms of the patient and refers them to neurologist/psychiatrist etc. I agree that you have suffered a lot in reaching a right diagnosis. On the other hand, I am glad that you have come out of your problems. As I told you in one of the sessions, anxiety can present in many different forms and sometimes it can be confused with neurological/cardiac symptoms. So the earlier doctors were not completely wrong in going for a detailed evaluation. However, I do agree that a psychiatric referral should have been included in the assessment. Anyways, I am happy that things worked out and you are going back to your work without any interruption. See you next visit.