Neurologists provide treatment for a variety of conditions that affect the nervous system. These include things such as Parkinson’s disease, seizures, multiple sclerosis, migraines, severe or frequent headaches, and stroke. 

If you are experiencing symptoms of any of these conditions, then it is best to have a neurologist look into it. However, many people ask the question, “do I need a referral to see a neurologist?”

So how about it? Will you need to get a referral from your primary care doctor before you go to the neurologist? Or can you just go directly to the neurologist? Here’s the answer…

Do I need a Referral To See a Neurologist?

The answer to this is it depends on your insurance. If you don’t have insurance or don’t care if insurance pays for your visit then, no, you do not need a referral.

However, most of you probably have insurance and would very much like your insurance company to cover the cost of your visit to the neurologist. In this case whether you need a referral or not depends on your insurance company.

Most insurance companies will require you to get a referral. And, in that case, you’ll have to get one from your primary care doctor in order for insurance to pay for the visit.

However, if you have an insurance plan where a referral is not required to see a specialist, you can go ahead and make an appointment.

Why You May Need To See a Neurologist

Now, with that out of the way, why exactly would you be referred to the neurologist? The answer to that will vary depending on your situation.

But here are some reasons as to why you would be referred to a neurologist: 

You are having severe/frequent headaches

Most of the time, headaches are just a simple condition and can be easily treated with rest and over-the-counter medication. However, if your headache is severe and frequent, you may need to see a neurologist. 

This may be a sign that you have a nervous system disorder. 

You are experiencing seizures

Seizures cause uncontrolled body movements along with strange sensations. A neurologist can provide tests and imaging scans to diagnose the cause of your seizures. 

Dementia and memory loss

Memory problems are a big concern for neurologists. A neurologist can help in assessing the patient’s cognitive functioning through cognitive tests and more. 

Memory problems may be a sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. And, unfortunately, there is no cure for these conditions as of now. 

These are just some of the conditions that need the attention of a neurologist. But remember, to get health insurance coverage for your visit, you will likely need a referral from your primary care doctor.

About Neurologists

A neurologist is a medical doctor or specialist that provides treatment for medical conditions that affect the nervous system. They provide treatment for many types of medical conditions that affect the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. 

But their duties are not just limited to providing treatment to patients who experience symptoms in the nervous system. Neurologists are also responsible for assessing the patient’s symptoms, diagnose their condition.

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  1. Alice Carroll

    Thanks for pointing out that consulting with a neurologist should also be considered when dealing with memory problems. I plan to find a good neurology clinic soon because my grandmother is starting to have more memory lapses as of late. It would be best to get that sorted out before her memory continues to deteriorate.