Osteopath - mull this over with me please

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   Posted 8/22/2010 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday Yo-Yo mentioned seeing an ND - a Naturopathic Doctor. I did a little reading about them. Sounds interesting, but I'm not allowed to see a ND under my health coverage - and besides, there are none local to me anyway.

That got me thinking about Osteopathic Doctors, O.D.s. Under my (now changing) state health insurance program, there are some osteopaths listed as allowable primary care physicians.

Do you think an osteopath (OD) might be a cross between a naturopath (ND) and a regular medical doctor (MD)? The osteo's have hospital privileges - which is a bonus for me.

One OD's profile I'm looking at says this:

Philosophy of Care Statement
I believe in taking a holistic approach to medicine using non-pharmacological treatments first. The patient's overall well-being is my first priority.

Family Practice

Clinical Interests
Professionally, I enjoy Family Practice with a specialty in Pediatrics and Sports Medicine, and an interest in Dermatology.

Accepting New Patients: Yes

Accepts Children: Yes

I've only ever seen two osteopaths. Neither had enough brains to fill a thimble. One made a painfully wrong diagnosis for me, the other wrongly diagnosed my father in end stage cancer. However, I'm thinking that of all the M.D.s I've seen, only three in my entire lifetime have impressed me as having enough brains to fill a thimble. I've been woefully neglected and misdiagnosed by MDs. My sampling rate on O.D's is too small for me to base a decision on.

So - have you any experience with Osteopaths?

I wanted to add - I'm highly interested in non-pharmacological treatments.

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   Posted 8/22/2010 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Chick, my PCP is a D.O. They recieve extra training in the musculoskeletal
system that makes up the muscles and bones of a person. I chose a D.O. over a
M.D. for this reason. A D.O. treats a patient looking at the whole picture, looking at
preventative care. . Osteopatathic medicine is practiced by a D.O. I really like my
doc ...she is always will to listen to my research and questions, very open minded.

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   Posted 8/22/2010 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
They are more a cross between an MD and a chiropractor, I believe.  This might help you to understand better.
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   Posted 8/22/2010 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
My GP is a DO.  He is not actually holistic.  Also he "cracked" my back once and my chiro was not happy that he had to put my ribs back in place. 
At least my doc does not believe in a patient being in pain which is more than I can say for the one that I tried last year.  I went back to my original when second guy said all my pain was from depression shakehead
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   Posted 8/22/2010 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Robin - perfect, that's just what I was wondering. I'm so glad you like yours.

Sherrine - That page was very useful. I'm not a chiro fan, personally (I know you're not either), but I get what you mean about the cross.

Thanks for your feedback, GSDgirl. It is ironic I had the opposite experience once with a chiro hurting me so badly that I saw an osteopath to put it all right again. (I forgot about that osteo - he did a good job for my injury)

Well, I REALLY like what I'm reading about this whole body approach. I want to be more than the sum of my parts. Thinking about it, even these two last ladies (docs) that I liked so much weren't as interested in my total picture as they were with what was acutely presenting itself. My quest to figure out all these connections to all my problems might be right up this D.O.s alley.

Also - I discovered a few more DOs in this network. One is a cardiac specialist / surgeon, another is a woman who is an ob/gyn. Then there are several more in family practice. Maybe I'll survive this ins. change after all. Maybe it happened to push me in a new direction? All these docs are a longer drive - but I guess that's okay. At least they're affiliated with a hospital I trust that is within 25 minutes from home, too.

Thank you all.
Why my username? It is real life nickname. I love chickens. Will have my flock of hens one day! :D .............. DX'd with Fibromyalgia, chronic hives, sensitivities and allergies, migraines with auras, tmj, and IBS. Not sure what else!
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