I steer clear of DOs because they often (in my experience) tend to attribute health problems to diet, exercise, and psychiatric issues and tend to feel medications are overprescribed. Getting pain treatment is near impossible, in my experience. Also, convincing a DO that you are really ill can be difficult. My grandmother died of advanced liver disease under tx by a DO who recommended that because of non-healing sores due to vascular issues, she bathe in bleach, which burned her esophagus, inflamed her liver and cause portal hypertension which ruptured esophageal varices in her throat and she drowned in her own blood. All of this was perfectly preventable, especially if her ailments were taken seriously and treated with typical medicines.
My MD says DOs dont get the same training, not as good, as MDs, which is why you find so many DOs in lower end jobs. If I were a healthy person, a DO might be a great doc for me, but being really sick, they have been nothing but people who take my money and provide no real solutions, testing, or treatment. Sometimes a whole body approach can just add more confusion, or make it difficult for the DO to actually deeply focus on a particular issue that needs focus.
For all the DOs I've been to, and I've seen alot in the free clinics and in higher end places, none have seen my extensive vitiligo and hyperpigmentation as anything more than a form of a birthmark, failing to be aware of research that indicates its an autoimmne condition that is oftenan indicator of serious autoimmune problems, not to mention me meeting the criteria for polyglandular dysfunction, which I clearly meet very visibly. Some have recommended milk thistle for my liver,which makes me ill, or other herbals.
Most annoying though and the main reason I don't go to them is that they almost always feel that health is a matter of mind over body and that most health problems are all really psychiatric in nature and not really health problems. And then they refer you out to DOs. If you see primarily MDs, they may appreciate you sticking with an MD. You can always ask, as I did.
Hope you are doing okay, Rosie.
Ills--Sjogrens-Lupus cond., AI polygland. dysfunction 2, hyper/hypopigment, scoliosis,kyphosis,stenosis, deg.,O.A.,spine surgeries, salivary/lymphectomies, NASH, COPD, RLS, UT/GI bleeds, hystero, brain/nerve damage,TB
Meds--INH,Plaquenil, Evoxac, Metformin, Synthroid, HCTZ, HRT and Lidocaine patchs, Voltaren gel, Klonopin, Vicodin, Restasis, Albuterol, steroids