Do I need a referral from my doctor to get an appointment to see a neurologist?

Question by tjmj33f_47501: Do I need a referral from my doctor to get an appointment to see a neurologist?
I am currently seeing my doctor for a number of things including neuropathy, diabetes and 2 herniated discs in my lower back. He has told me several times that he can not treat me for long term chronic pain yet has only referred me to a pain specialist who only does injections on my back and doesn’t help with the pain for the neuropathy. I have explained to him numerous times that the injections aren’t helping with the leg and feet throbbing pain due to the neuropathy. He still refuses to refer me to a neurologist and keeps telling me to go to the pain specialist. What can I do? Can I actually get into see a neurologist without a referral from my doctor? Somebody please help.

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Answer by sadealz
yes, you need a referal in most cases to see a specialist.

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