View Full Version : Vet/ neurologist referral

30th January 2011, 12:39 AM
We have had some great questions about when to get mri and I know more vets need to know about sm but I'm not sure if it is different in us / uk

Ella could not see a neurologist w/o referral, but even though ella needed mri, can't people have a consult and neurologist tell them more?

I know the only way to diagnose is with an mri but he did some clinical examinations. Don't try this! He said she did something when he touched her neck. Obviously you don't want it to get to that point but wouldn't it be worth it for people to actually talk to a neurologist? It doesn't mean mri.

I am sure there needs to be symptoms but thinking back, I wish I asked before

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31st January 2011, 12:38 AM
I just went straight to DR. Marino, as soon as I even had a suspicion. :)
Talking about a quick move. I was like "referral my A*$### " :)
Im a shark when it comes to my girl. But I figure that with insurance, you'd need a referral? Anyways.. curious what the result of the MRI is going to be wednesday. It will be interesting to see what happened on CSF reducers over a 6 month course,
keeping in mind she had 80-90 percent syrinx formation and PSOM 6 months ago and is still managing pretty wonderfully without meds. ( I know it sounds insane)

31st January 2011, 12:44 AM
When I took Holly to the University of Florida, she did not need / have a referral. I'm not sure whether it works this way everywhere, but the private clinics here need a referral to see a specialist. The University does not -- I referred myself to her neurologist, orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist.

31st January 2011, 02:36 AM
I think most pet insurance plans probably require a referral, but if you are not using pet insurance the referral may not be necessary.