Feb 12, 2019
For a person newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), a second opinion from a movement disorders specialist can be a valuable endeavor. It may help to confirm the diagnosis, discover a different condition leading to the symptoms the person is experiencing, or address any lingering unanswered questions from the person’s encounter with the first physician especially if there was any discomfort with the interaction. In this podcast, Dr. Carlos Singer, Director of the Division of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders and the Director of the Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida, describes the importance of getting a second opinion and his approach during the visit, which can be a good guide for what people should expect or ask when they see the second physician. He also talks about how different people come to terms with and accept their new diagnosis.