In the past I've always favored osteopaths - but any more they are pretty much just MDs w/a DO after their name. Most seem to abandon manipulation once they get into practice. At least in our area. The best GP I ever had, and had him for years, was a DO. The dirty bird had the audacity to die on me! You have my sympathies having to "doctor shop" today. I was spoiled by him for years and I'm not the easiest patient for doctors to work with between having him so many years and having so much experience w/Mayo Clinic in MN between family and myself.
The only internist I ever saw, when doctor shopping after my DO GPs death, was one of the two worst doctors I ever encountered. I went to him for my Crohn's, this was back in the late 70's. He wanted to do a bone marrow. For Crohn's?? I asked him why. He told me it wasn't necessary for me to know, I was "just" the patient, it was sufficient that, he, the doctor wanted to do one. Needless to say we parted company on less than friendly terms.
I was fortunate to find a good GP again, an MD this time as it turned out. But SHE had the audacity to die on me! This was in the late 90's. There'd been a lot of changes in medicine in the intervening 20 years that I hadn't been exposed to!!! Doctor shopping was an even more "interesting" and difficult experience this time around. It was this doctor shopping go round when I needed a pulmonologist but still hadn't found a GP that I encountered the other of the two worst doctors I've ever encountered! He was a pulmonologist.
I was fortunate though. I did find a good family practitioner and we make a good team. Other than this began my experience w/specialists which up until then I pretty much had had no experience w/other than at Mayo. But he's made some darn good referrals!!! An outstanding Endocrinologist, an tremendous Ob/Gyn (both wasted as specialists they would make such GREAT family doctors!!). I make sure that my GP is provided w/results of EVERYTHING, every test, every procedure, etc. that the specialists order. I even usually have him write my specialists' script
renewals. I found my gastro on my own before I found him.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.
Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 6/12/2009 7:50:45 PM (GMT-6)