My doctor was reffering me to a nerologist, however, when I got to the appointment I found out I was actually going to be seeing a Physician assistant certified (PA-C). Is there a difference? Is one better than the other?
Nancy Harris Bonk37
December 31, 2018
There is a difference, neurologists have more training in neurology I believe, than a PA. Having said that, there are PA's who are certified in headache medicine (different than being certified in neurology) that are very knowledgeable about migraine disease.
There is a HUGE difference in yr.s of education & training! A little over 2 yrs schooling & 1yr residency vs. 4 yrs schooling and 3-7 yrs residency, (after college) A PA works under the “supervision” of a doctor, which in reality means, you don’t necessarily ever see the Dr. The PA practices under the doctor’s license. I see a PA for minor stuff like sinus infections, flu, etc. I personally prefer pain management specialists over neurologists but I have never seen a headache specialist per say. I may do so. Regardless, it is always a good idea to be sure they rule out any other conditions as a cause of your headaches. From what I read, in some states a PA cannot order diagnostics (tests, imaging). Good Luck with whomever you see.