Can anyone give:
- Recommendations for private, London-based consultants
- Information about what to expect from an initial consultation
- An indication about how much an initial consultation would cost
- Any other helpful advice for a relative newbie
Some background info: I’ve had recurrent, spontaneous episodes of incapacitating dizziness and vomiting for over 2 years. Initially the episodes were brief (< 24 hours) and occasional (about 6 months apart). However they’ve become much more frequent (every month or 2) and linger on/off for longer (a week or so), but are generally less violent/severe.
I saw an ENT consultant 18 months ago and a neurologist a year ago, who have both passed me back to my GP without providing any advice other than agreeing with her initial diagnosis of Vestibular Migraine. I’ve been prescribed Buccastem, Maxalt Melt and Serc. The ENT consultant suggested that Cawthorne-Cooksey exercises might help (but didn’t seem to expect much). I’ve made lifestyle changes (regular sleep, staying hydrated, minimal caffeine and limited alcohol), but the episodes have become more frequent.
I’ve been on the waiting list for the neuro-otology clinic at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital (UCLH) for the last 2 months, but they cannot give any indication as to when I might get an appointment. So I’m considering finding a private specialist.
I saw recommendations for Dr Bamiou and Prof Bronstein on a recent post (list of doctors in London UK). As they’re both based at UCLH, it would probably make sense to one of them, or Dr Agrup (but I can’t find any private listing for her).