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    bette_kaffitz posted:
    Hello to all,

    Nerve blocks at L-4 today. My pain doctor is an O.D. rather than an M.D. They have a slightly different approach with more emphasis on the musculoskeletal system. After the nerve blocks, he did his manipulative thing at my waist. Then he started working on my neck and shoulders. That dear man. Insurance does not pay him for the extra 15 minutes he spent on me, but he did it anyway. Maybe I'll wake up Friday with less numbness and tingling in my hands and fingers.

    Doctor C. also referred me to a chiropracter in nearby Alfred, NY. Dr. C. uses this practicioner himself. We shall see what we shall see.

    For those of you who don't know what a nerve block is, the doctor goes in and injects cortisone-like meds into the branches that leave the spinal cord. The whole thing is guided by a flouroscope. A nurse is monitoring your vitals all the while, so you have the doc, the X-Ray tech, and the nurse in the O.R. with you. Yes, it does hurt. On the other hand, when it works, I have 3 months of much less pain at my waist level and below.

    Thunderstorms last night and today have taken some of the heat and humidity away. Here in W NY, we are not used to 90 degree days in September. Hubby is cursing about the good hay he cut Wednesday, but won't be worth baling since it's been drenched. Speaking of drenching, our older son, a college groundskeeper, came home with the aftereffects of 3 different showers during his day. His uniform was already starting to smell moldy. Thank goodness he does his own wash!

    Hope you all have a good night and a great day tomorrow!

    missist responded:
    Hi Bette..

    An OD is an osteopathic dr right?
    I'm looking forward to my apt. the 19th cuz I opted to try that too. She will be my new primary.

    We haven't had the rain here yet but I was just outside and it looks like its changing out there, wind coming in and seems like we are cooling down.

    It must be great to have a dr that has more tricks than just drugs.
    bette_kaffitz replied to missist's response:

    An O.D. takes all the courses and training as an M.D. she/he can write scrips for meds, be a surgeon, and do all the other things that an M.D. does. I think the big difference is that they spend more time on musculature and bones than the other medical schools. Most O.D,'s are open minded about alternative medicine while solidly part of today's medical world.

    Don't ever confuse a Doctor of Chiropractics with an O.D. D.C.'s can work wonders when your back goes out or you have chronic muscle-driven migranes. But in most states, they cannot write you an Rx. They are not in any way medical doctors.

    O.D.'s can go on to specialize just like M.D.'s. They are accepted at the same advanced schools as continuing M.D.'s They work side-by-side with M.D.'s, but for us, with our aching bodies, they can be a godsend.

    My O.D. is a pain specialist who started out as an anesthesist and brings that specialized medicine to his practice. The poor man looks at spines and backsides most days, but he reserves Fridays to meet with new patients and talk with old timers like me and see how the medical side of things is going. He spends extra time with patients when needed. (He walked hubby to the diabetic nurse one day and sat in for the first 1/2 hr.) Because of this, I call him the ever-late Dr. C. Usually, I don't mind the wait, because I know that he's spending time with a patient who needs the extra time.

    I hope your visit with your O.D. is as positive as ours!

    missist replied to bette_kaffitz's response:
    hope so too.

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