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What Awaits on Your First Neurology Visit?

Ramin Ansari MD
Medically reviewed by Ramin Ansari
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Ramin Ansari MD
Medically reviewed by Ramin Ansari

You need to understand and know how your first reception will take place. Always stay calm and prepare to talk to the doctor. You have to be open and tell them about all your symptoms. At the first visit, your doctor will get to know your condition and prescribe treatment.

Communicating with a neurologist will help you understand the problem faster. You will undergo a neurological and physical examination. This data will help to clarify your condition and prescribe treatment.

Preparing for Your First Neurologist Visit 

You should take a responsible approach to making an appointment with a neurologist Lone Star Neurology. To save your time and the doctor’s, make an action plan and visit the clinic with it. Here are some tips: 

  • Write down the medications you have been taking, past illnesses, and symptoms that are bothering you now.
  • Make a list of questions for the doctor.
  • Bring a document, if you have one, that certifies your illness.
  • For a comfortable visit, bring a loved one for support.
  • Take care of a notebook or notebook in which you will write down the doctor’s recommendations.

    First Step: Referrals and Appointments 

You should understand that you must have a referral from your doctor before visiting a neurologist. Any certificate or document certifying the disease is necessary for a neurologist appointment. When you receive a particular document, you should make an appointment yourself or call the clinic.

Take care of your appointment, and do not forget to bring everything you need so that the doctor can see you quickly. Understanding your diagnosis will help you to undergo an examination and prescribe treatment faster. An important question is, “Do you need a referral to see a neurologist?”. Depending on the insurance plan, the appointment may vary. It would help to take care of all the necessary documents before the appointment.

    Compile Your Medical History

You should take a responsible approach to the visit to a neurologist and take care of everything you need. You should have an appropriate medical history document for the ambulance. Here are some steps before visiting a neurologist:

  • Your full name, date of birth, and contact information should be provided.
  • You should tell the doctor about your illnesses.
  • Be sure to tell me about any allergies.
  • You should talk about your lifestyle and negative habits.
  • Give the contact information of the doctors you interact with.

    Preparing Your Question List 

It would help if you thought about what to tell your neurologist. Here are the main issues you should be aware of:

  • The symptoms that are currently bothering you.
  • You should inform and ask about diagnoses.
  • You should know about the methods and ways of treatment.
  • Ask how the treatment will take place.
  • Ask about possible consequences and complications.
  • Discuss the following methods of communication.

Upon Arrival at Lone Star Neurology

You should contact Lone Star Neurology and talk to the administrator. After registration, you must complete the necessary documentation for the doctor and your next appointment. It would help if you also understood “What does a neurologist do on your first visit?”. 

Usually, the first visit has communication and diagnostic aspects. The neurologist will check the documents you have filled out and review your medical history. If necessary, an examination will take place to prescribe further treatment.

    Welcoming Environment

You should understand that it is here that you will find comfort in communication and quality care. We always take care of our patients and choose the best treatment method. Excellent administrators will help you understand and fill out the documentation. Our doctors will listen to you carefully and conduct examinations if necessary. You will find the best and highest quality treatments thanks to the latest technologies. 

    Preliminary Check-ups and Paperwork 

It is essential to understand that before your first visit to a neurologist, you should familiarize yourself with the documentation. At the reception, you will be greeted by an administrator who will tell you what to do. You should fill out documents about your data in Lone Star Neurology. Write down your illnesses and their history. They will help you take your blood pressure and temperature. After this procedure, you can meet with a neurologist and continue communicating with him.

Meeting Your Neurologist


You need to understand what do a neurologist does and how they can help you. The doctor will listen to your complaints and symptoms at the first appointment. It would help if you told him about your illnesses and condition. The neurologist will check your coordination, reflexes, muscles, and whether everything is in order. If necessary, you will be referred for an MRI scan so that treatment can be prescribed.

    Discussing Symptoms and Concerns

You need to understand that the doctor wants to help you and do everything at the best level. You should be frank with the neurologist and answer all their questions. Discuss your symptoms and what will help you to deal with them. Also, pay attention to the treatment methods and clarify all possible risks for yourself. Openness and communication with a neurologist will help you overcome the disease quickly and efficiently.

    Open Communication and Empathy

It is here that you will feel calm and relaxed. Our administration will do everything possible for your comfort. Quick answers to questions and assistance are guaranteed. You can quickly fill out all the documents and make an appointment. Our neurologists are true professionals and have extensive experience. Each patient is unique and important to us. A pleasant reception, symptom analysis, and quality treatment are guaranteed.

Neurological Examination 

A neurological examination of a patient is aimed at a complete check of the human nervous system. It is here that you will understand how efficiently and quickly doctors cope with their work and help you. Here are some factors of “What do neurologist do?”:

  • Discuss the disease and symptoms.
  • Examination of cognitive functions.
  • Checking your sense of smell, vision, hearing, and reaction.
  • Examine your muscles and your coordination.
  • Checking your temperature and your physical sensations.
  • A test of your reflexes.

    Components of the Neurological Exam 

You should understand what is included in a doctor’s complete examination of a patient. The neurologist needs to understand your medical history and symptoms. Checking your reactions, pain, and coordination will help the doctor. The neurologist needs to know why you are concerned about the disease and how best to treat it. The necessary data about the motor, sensory system, and mental status will help to prescribe the proper treatment.

    What the Neurologist Looks for 

During the examination, it is important for the neurologist to understand your condition and check the nervous system. The doctor looks for all signs of neurological dysfunction to prescribe treatment. Checking your condition, motor skills, and muscle tone are essential in treatment.

Further Diagnostic Tests  

It should be understood that after a visit to the doctor, you may be prescribed additional tests. They will give you an accurate answer and better understand your condition. Here are the main diagnostic tests:

  • You may be prescribed an MRI of the brain or spine.
  • Sometimes, electrodiagnostic tests are performed. They show an assessment of the brain and nervous system.
  • Blood tests are necessary to identify diseases and their symptoms.
  • In some cases, a spinal tap is performed to check for signs of infection.
  • Testing is performed to assess cognitive and psychological function.

    Common Neurological Diagnostic Tests

It is essential to understand that to fully check the patient’s condition, some tests should be performed. Each of them is important for the doctor because of its results. MRI explains what is happening to the brain and spinal cord. Computed tomography helps to find out about the condition of the brain for the presence of tumors and hemorrhages. A puncture helps determine if there are signs of inflammation and infection. Blood tests are necessary to detect various diseases.

    Ensuring Comfort and Accuracy during Diagnostic Procedures 

You should feel relaxed and comfortable in our clinic. You will have all the information about the doctor’s appointment from the administrators. Diagnostic tests are performed in complete comfort for the patient. You can always ask for help and support from the staff. We have only high-quality and new equipment that gives only correct and precise results.

Discussing the Treatment Plan 


You will be prescribed a treatment plan when you have asked all the questions for neurologist has about your concerns and undergone an examination. The main factor in a quality treatment plan is complete openness and communication with the doctor. Here is an individualized approach to the treatment plan:

  • Reviewing the results of the examination.
  • Choose a treatment plan based on the possible ones.
  • Discussion and acceptance of all risks.
  • Creating a treatment plan exclusively for you.
  • Constant communication with a neurologist during treatment.

    Understanding Your Neurological Condition

It is important for us that each patient is clearly aware of their diagnosis and illness. Doctors do their best to ensure you receive reliable tests and start treatment on time. Discussion of the condition and test results are essential for further treatment. The neurologist will talk to you about all possible risks and treatment methods.

    Developing a Personalized Treatment Plan

We value each patient so that we will develop a treatment method for you. We draw up a treatment plan based on your diagnosis and test results. Here are the factors that go into this plan:

  • Assessment of your condition and symptoms.
  • Understanding the outcome you want.
  • Choosing a treatment method.
  • Understanding your comfortable lifestyle in conjunction with treatment.
  • Ongoing supervision and monitoring during treatment.

After the Visit: Follow-ups and Communication

We need to keep in touch with the patient throughout the treatment. Our doctors always keep in touch to ensure the result is excellent for the patient.

  • Regular check-ups and appointments from time to time are mandatory. 
  • You should keep your doctor’s contact information so that you can call them whenever necessary.
  • During treatment, you may change your plan depending on your symptoms.
  • You should familiarize yourself with your illness in detail so you can be guided in any case.

    Scheduling Follow-up Appointments

You should understand that scheduling appointments with your doctor is mandatory. It would help if you discussed how often you will have appointments. Discuss with your doctor the time of your appointments that is convenient for you. Always leave a reminder for yourself on your phone or notebook. It would help if you understood that you achieved the desired treatment results with each appointment.

    Communication between Visits

You should understand that the treatment process is essential for a good result. It would help if you always kept in touch with your doctor during your visits. You can use your phone or notebook as a reminder. You should also realize that any symptoms during treatment are essential. Call the office or your neurologist if you notice any changes.


Why visiting a neurologist is important?

Everyone should take care of their psychological state, so it is worth visiting a neurologist from time to time. Examination and diagnostics will help you understand whether everything is fine in your body. Constant control and monitoring of your condition will help you live a whole life and be calm.

How to set up a doctor’s appointment for the first time?

You should choose a doctor and call the clinic. You should prepare all the information about yourself and your illnesses and symptoms. Tell them about your visit, why you are making an appointment, and make an appointment for a follow-up appointment.

How long does a neurology appointment take?

The duration of an appointment with a neurologist depends on the visit and the complexity of the problem. Usually, the first appointment is always longer as we familiarize ourselves with the problem. Depending on your condition, the time may vary, and each subsequent appointment is shorter.

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Edward Medina
Edward Medina
15:34 30 Jun 22
Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
Daneisha Johnson
Daneisha Johnson
22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been more
Jean Cooper
Jean Cooper
16:54 29 Apr 22
I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well more
Linda M
Linda M
19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
Leslie Durham
Leslie Durham
15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your more
Ron Buckholz
Ron Buckholz
23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
Steve Nabavi
Steve Nabavi
16:28 16 Mar 22
It was a nice visit. Happy staff doing all they can do to comfort the patients in a very calming environment. You ask... me they are earned a big gold star on the fridge. My only complaint they didn't give me any more
Katie Lewis
Katie Lewis
16:10 10 Feb 22
Had very positive appointments with Jodie and Dr. Sheth for my migraine care. Jodie was so fast with the injections and... has so much valuable info. I started to feel light headed during checkout and the staff was SO helpful—giving me a chair, water, and taking me into a private room until I felt better. Highly recommend this practice for migraine patients, they know what they’re doing!!read more
Joshua Martinez
Joshua Martinez
16:02 10 Dec 21
I was scheduled to be checked and just want to say that the staff was fantastic. They were kind and helpful. I was... asked many questions related to what was going on and not once did I feel as though I was being brushed off. The front desk staff was especially great in assisting me. I'm scheduled to go back for a mri and am glad that I'll be going more
Isabel Ivy
Isabel Ivy
21:42 03 Nov 21
I had such a good experience with Lone Star Neurology, Brent my MRI Tech was so awesome and made sure I was very... comfortable during the appointment. He gave me ear plugs, a pillow, leg support and blanket, easiest MRI ever lol 🤣 My 72 hour EEG nurse Amanda was also so awesome. She made sure I was take care of over the 3 days and took her time with the electrodes to make sure it was comfortable for me! Paige was also a huge help in answering all my questions when it came to my test results, and letting me know her honest opinions about how I should go forth with my more
Leslie Luce
Leslie Luce
17:37 20 Oct 21
The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to more
robert Parker
robert Parker
16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 more
MaryAnn Hornbaker
MaryAnn Hornbaker
00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his more
Roger Arguello
Roger Arguello
03:05 29 Jan 21
Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best more
Margaret Rowland
Margaret Rowland
01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my more
Susan Miller
Susan Miller
03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
Windalyn C
Windalyn C
01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
Katie Kordel
00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding more
Ellie Natsis
Ellie Natsis
15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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