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Old Yesterday, 08:44 AM
 
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I wouldn’t go to a DO unless it was for something routine like getting antibiotics
I knew people who went to DO school and it was because they couldn’t get into regular med school
Same for the ones who go to the Caribbean
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Old Yesterday, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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I have known several DOs. In my opinion, they listen more and are better at diagnosis than the average MD. DOs are much more willing to practice homeopathy. They will quickly discourage you from totally bogus potions that are dangerous to one's health.
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Old Yesterday, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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All of this information has been very enlightening, particularly to this 70-year-old woman who, until yesterday, had never even heard of a D.O. degree or an osteopathic doctor! I've got to admit, though, that the information has not alleviated my concerns about not going to an M.D. as my primary care physician. I've just had just rotten experiences with M.D.s over the years, and perhaps its time for a change -- at least on a trial basis. It's not as if there are laws preventing me from changing course at some time in the future, and this D.O. is part of a practice containing both M.D.s and D.O.s, so I'm guessing they work together pretty well and even see each other's patients from time to time.

I do want a doctor who doesn't just run a bunch of tests and base his diagnosis and treatment entirely on the numbers he gets back. I want a doctor who will listen to me and who is willing to think outside the box when it comes to determining what's best for me. I remember when my mom was 95 and developed horrendous sciatic nerve pain. She couldn't even stand up and was curled up in the fetal position with intense pain. We took her by ambulance to the E.R. The doctors checked her vitals, ran some blood work, told her there wasn't anything wrong, and sent her home. It was seriously as if they weren't even seeing a human being lying there in pain. I realize that not all medical conditions can be effectively treated, but I felt like these M.D.s simply weren't getting it at all! So, from this standpoint, I think maybe a D.O. might be just what I'm looking for.

On the other hand, I went to a sports medicine doctor once (I don't know whether he was an M.D. or a D.O.) who asked me if my spiritual health was good. I had severe neck pain and was desperate for relief. I figured my "spiritual well-being" was really none of his business, and I never saw him again.

I don't rely heavily on medications but I do have two prescriptions that I hope he won't be adverse to filling. One is for Prozac. I need it. It's not that I'd be adverse to trying other options, but at the end of the day, I do believe that I am someone who needs to be on anti-depressants. I've tried going off them before, and it's been bad! I also have a prescription for Ambien, but I don't take them every night. Most of the time, I will cut a 5mg in half and just take 2.5mg. I do this maybe twice or three times a week at the most. I've tried more natural remedies and they simply don't work. I also take Dulcolax stool softeners on a daily basis, because increasing my fiber, liquids and exercise didn't solve my problem. I just don't want to have to fight him for these two prescriptions because he feels that a "manipulation" or a homeopathic remedy will do the trick. That's my main concern with how I perceive (perhaps incorrectly) a D.O. doctor.

I hope I'm making sense in trying to explain my concerns. And thank you all for your input so far.
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Old Yesterday, 10:08 AM
 
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I wouldn’t go to a DO unless it was for something routine like getting antibiotics
I knew people who went to DO school and it was because they couldn’t get into regular med school
Same for the ones who go to the Caribbean
I've heard the same thing about DOs from MDs. I've also heard that a lot of DOs work in primary care but don't remember the reason for that. Still, some of them are probably pretty good and a lot of it must depend on the individual.
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Old Yesterday, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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OP: Depends on your needs and could be many D.O's won't do a lot of drugs, I don't know. I personally stay away from as many as I can and work alternatively and have done the A/D drug route and it was a sluggish thyroid for 10 yrs that MD's never fixed for me. A D.O. back years ago fixed my issue...he was one smart D.O./MD...he was a doctor. Your thyroid could need some help if you have depression issues.

Prozac back in the early 90's did nothing for me, left me flat. It was thyroid but took 10 yrs to get support. All the MD's live my the lab numbers...

Of course what you could do is call the D.O. office and ask for their assistant and ask IF the D.O. is open to prescribing drugs.
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Old Yesterday, 12:53 PM
 
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I just got an appointment with a new doctor whose specialty is Family Practice. I noticed the absence of an MD after his name and the presence of a DO instead. I did a little bit of googling on the subject, but would really like some input from people who have used doctors with a DO degree. Is this considered "alternative medicine"? Is it homeopathic in nature? Are these doctors really a good as doctors with a traditional MD? I've always liked the idea of going to a doctor who looks at me as a whole person and not just as a collection of body parts, so the idea of a DO is appealing in that regard. On the other hand, I'm a little bit suspicious of "Eastern Medicine," even though I can't really say why -- unfounded prejudices maybe. Anyway, all input would be very much appreciated.
I've had great experiences with a PA as my PCP. Can't tell whether by title/qualifications/job duties or personality, but she never makes me feel rushed or like any question or concern is ridiculous.
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Old Yesterday, 02:01 PM
 
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I've heard the same thing about DOs from MDs. I've also heard that a lot of DOs work in primary care but don't remember the reason for that. Still, some of them are probably pretty good and a lot of it must depend on the individual.
My parents are retired physicians (MDs) and my mom thinks that DOs generally make much better primary care doctors due to the training they get. Many people choose DO school precisely because it provides a better base for primary care. However, people can go to DO school and pick any specialty and do any residency they want. If a person is capable of matching and becoming board certified, then you can be assured that they are qualified in that specialty. Not just anyone can become board certified in orthopedics or neurosurgery, but you might find DOs in both of these fields due to particular fit with some of the aspects of osteopathic medicine (a lot more physical exam work as opposed to relying just on laboratory tests).
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Old Yesterday, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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If one can get a D.O. who does both medicine and body work, they won the lottery.
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Old Yesterday, 03:21 PM
 
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My PCP is a D.O. I've been his patient for over 30 years. He listens to me. I have seen him when the waiting room is full and he has never, ever rushed through my appointment. On some occasions, I have been in that waiting room but I don't mind, (I always take a book) because I know when it's my turn, I'll be accorded the same time.

I have never been prescribed some herbal medication. There have been times when I haven't been prescribed any medication and told exactly how long the discomfort should last before it resolved with the application of heat/ice.

He has removed growths; he has injected my foot with cortisone shots; he has referred me to the appropriate specialists when something untoward has presented - cardiology/gastroenterology/oncology/ophthalmology - and I have benefitted from their treatment as well.

I have a feeling that the OP will not be happy with a D.O. because there is a preconception of what they do and how they do it. I can only say that since mine got me to 83, I'm not anticipating a change now.

He once told me that he would like to be a taxidermist and I told him that he could be anything he wanted once I'm dead, but until then...
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Old Yesterday, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City
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I have a feeling that the OP will not be happy with a D.O. because there is a preconception of what they do and how they do it. I can only say that since mine got me to 83, I'm not anticipating a change now.
I may have some misconceptions, but I am actively working to overcome them. I am genuinely hoping this guy works out for me, because I'm getting sick and tired of doctors who don't. My last PCP was great, but he closed his practice and moved to California. Before him, I went from one doctor to another for several years.
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