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On November 16, 2010 I found out that California does not have Chiropractic care for some HMO's. I just left Missouri in September of 2010 where they had just begin providing Chiropractic care for Medicare and Medicaid Patients.
Those who need muscular skeletal help the most should be the first ones to receive it. My friend referred me to a wonderful Chiropractor Dr. Spurgin 1-760-327-9402 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-760-327-9402 end_of_the_skype_highlighting here in Palm Springs, Ca. and they have said they will sign my petition and help me to spread the word about the need for Chiropractic care here in the Desert that will be covered by three other very important HMO's.
I hope that whoever writes any new legislation, policies or bills for the Arthritis Foundation for 2011 will consider this need for medical treatment for Arthritis patients so that they can have the best mobility possible with the affliction of arthritis or spinal skelital or muscular problems.
On another note, just three months ago, I learned that some medical students and medical universities were considering changing the lettering behind some medical doctors names ie: (Dr. McDonald, DO MD,) is how it is now and how I believe it should stay.
Because for someone who needs Chiropractic care but cannot get it they may can find a DO who will accept their insurance and DO's are licensed to give adjustments.
The Orthopedic students and universities were considering removing the letters DO off of their names should consider how that would effect their business because I know that would cause them to lose business and clients.
Some doctors require certain patients to go to specialists if they fill that a primary care family doctor is not capable of treating certain patients with certain diseases ie: (cancer, fibromyalgia , or neuropathy) so they will refer those patients to Internists as I recently discovered when I tried to find a primary care physician in Lebanon, MO.
When I couldn't find an internist less than 3 hours away I knew the next best doctor would be a DO and so I did find a great DO.
In lue of those experiences I really hope that they do not ever take the DO off the Medical lettering of the physicians names. Because some people will only chose a DO because they are generally more capable of treating patients with rare diseases, giving Gynecological exams and able to give an Chiropractic examination as well!
After further investigation on the matters mentioned in this post I decided to bring up the issue of prescription supplement treatment for arthritis, and the other natural pain and anti inflammatory medicines that are not covered by most prescription plans.
Research revealed that Pain and Inflammation are known precursors for heart disease. And that inflammation is a precursor for cancer. And that inflammation (head/neck) is a known cause of Alzheimer disease. Making the need to address these issues more important not only for me, but for our National Football League and many other sport athletes.
In early 2001, my pain management doctors in St. Petersburg, Florida prescribed me four different supplements because they said that "I was prone to arthritis" and now ever since then I have been taking those Prescription supplement medicines every day but at my own expense which is only one problem when standard treatments for pain and inflammation are covered by most insurance policies. In mid 2010 we discovered that I am allergic to Codeine causing me to search for other pain management treatments further increasing the need for change in this area. In 2009 they found a nerve root tumor on my lower spine creating yet more pain after a horrible fall in Winter of 2008.
The other problem is that in the event that I were hospitalized as I was in 2001 I would not have any way to get my anti arthritis medicines (Glucosamine chondroitin, MSN, Collagen, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Calcium that were prescribed to me by a medical doctor) or my anti pain medicines: (Boswellia), or my anti inflammatory medicines: (ginger, bromelain, turmeric, blackstrap molasses, Salmon Oil) or last but most significantly, my anti arthritis medicines; Glucosamine chondroitin, MSM, Collagen, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Calcium.
Also, In the same year I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure and after a five day hospital stay my doctor every so wisely began teaching me about detoxification and a healthy diet lifestyle that I am so grateful that I integrated into my life now.
And in 2005, My Gastroenterologist found that I have suffered with severe Esophagitis explaining why my stomach would burn when I took the prescription pain and prescription anti inflammatory medicines that are used as a standard for treatment of arthritis.
Thus, I had to go all natural ( Boswellia, Ginger, Turmeric, Bromelain, Salmon Oil, Blackstrap molasses ) to treat the severe inflammation that I have from my head to my toes (literally) after all the skeletal structure trauma that I have survived.
My hopes are that the Arthritis Foundation’s 2010 Public Policy Committee will consider the need for Arthritis Patients to have access to Chiropractic care, and to have access to pain management, anti inflammatory and anti arthritis medicines that they need.
I am still what most consider "young" and maybe that is why mobility challenges are very intimidating to me. But I guess that is true in the world of sports injuries too. It is so hard to live with debilitation and crippling arthritis to the point that it challenges self care. The solution for me is not to give up my independence but to reverse the disease through therapy and treatment. Thank you for allowing me to share!