I totally understand! I am just in the process of maybe switching *back* to my last GI. He was my third and I really liked him, but it got to a point where I needed clinical trials and I switched to a doc involved in research. I really like him too, but now I am to a different point where I just needed a fresh set of eyes, so I went back. He's given me different types of things and it's helping, so I am glad I did. I just found out yesterday that his office is going to fax my blood results to the trial doc's office! Now I feel guilty. But, they work for us, I try to remember... I am loyal, but sometimes we need to put our own well-being first! So, even if your new doc says and does the same things, it's emotional back-up and we need that to feel like we are doing everything we can!
BTW, I cried when I first switched too! Move forward with your plan to see a second doctor whether you inform your current doctor or not. I had all my info documented, so that I didn't need to pull records...
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--stuck on methylprednisolone, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08
--single mom to 10-year-old girl