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FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/30/2008 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I just got a letter in the mail telling me it was time for my 6 month appointment.  But it said that since my last appointment my doctor decided to pursue another opportunity at a VA hospital and is no longer practicing with the group I use.  Additionally, I will need to get a new referral before seeing another doctor in their practice.
 
I have had SUCH good luck w/ my GI.  This makes me so sad.  I wish he had personally wrote letters to his patients saying he was leaving BEFORE he left.  I've only dealt with one other doctor in his practice and it was over the phone.  He was very nice and very helpful so I guess I will ask to switch to him.
 
*sigh*
 
Or I could try to find a new one closer to my work and school.  But if I stay in this group I won't have to move my records.  This makes me so sad!
 
And I was just thinking about having to apply for accomodations for the bar and all the paperwork I'd have to have him do...
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


indigosunrise
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 497
   Posted 9/30/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I wish you both the best of luck with finding a new GI! That is so hard! My first GI wouldn't give me the time of day as far as the possibility of Crohn's went and my second GI has been a blessing--I would be so sad if I lost him and his PA!

Take care and hang in there!

Zanne
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   Posted 9/30/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh No! I started out with a wonderful GI who I loved, he's still my primary, but his focus shifted to primary care and I ended up getting farmed out for all my GI stuff to someone who I really didn't like. It took me a long time to get my head around finding someone else simply because I really didn't want to go to the work of changing, but I did finally about 18 months ago, and it was the best thing. Can you ask your former doctor for recommendations? I see someone at a teaching hospital once a year, and that is who recommended my current GI. I also met him when I was in the hospital once so I had some idea of what he was like. You can call the office and see if you can set up an appointment for an interview before you have all your records transfered, but you may have to pay out of pocket for it.

I know its not your choice to change doctors, but I hope that you can find one that works well for you and agrees with your treatment plans. I like to be part of the solution, not just told what to do, and that was my main reason for changing doctors. I wanted a doctor who worked WITH me. But everyone is different, and different at different stages in their life. When I was first DX, I wanted to be told what to do. I was just too overwhelmed to really think about it, but now I really want to take an active role, so I need a different approach. Its important that your doctor be able to meet your needs. I hope you can find that. And keep in mind that if the first one doesn't work, you can always switch again.
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


pb4
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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20576
   Posted 9/30/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh that sucks, that happend to me with GI #2...I'm good with GI #4 though, so long as he sticks around...here in Canada it's famous for good docs to leave and go abroad.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Texan with Crohn's
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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 362
   Posted 10/1/2008 3:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I ran mine back to Canada! Nope, not joking. During my last phone argument with him (happened on regular basis) he informed me he was going back to Canada. I thought perhaps he was just trying to dump me because I don't really put up with specialists who treat me like a number and not a person... until I got the letter in the mail. I have seen two new GIs since and decided I don't wanna see GIs unless absolutely necessary. This DD hides on me. One scan will show CD and the next three will not. All blood work will come back normal, thus making a new GI not want to make the CD diagnosis. This is frustrating, to say the least.

Good luck and make sure you get copies of all your medical records from the old GI's office.

FitzyK23
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Date Joined May 2005
Total Posts : 4219
   Posted 10/1/2008 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
That is exactly what I am afraid of. Doc in Mass said I was fine. Doc in new state said most likely crohns. His colleague said definitely crohns. So I am going to see if I can just switch to that colleague.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


karendee
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 1642
   Posted 10/1/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
so sorry....I am shocked a letter was not sent when he left. I got one for a Ear nose and throat Dr I saw on ocasion when he retired.

It is almost like a divorce when a Doc leaves you....
Karen

 ...

Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica

Diagnosed w/ General Anxiety Disorder in 2005- Effexor and Clonazepam 

 


gachrons
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 10/1/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I'am sure you will get a new one that you like but I sure know how you feel I lost my GP in the spring and it was depressing for awhile but I made the call and now have a new one. Dr's here leave all the time and it is hard to restart a relationship .lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


beartooth
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 517
   Posted 10/1/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
So sorry to hear that you've lost your GI doc. I've done a lot of moving since my dx, so I've got a lot of experience trying to find new doctors, and it is not easy. On the flip side, the GI doc I've got now is the best doctor I've ever had, so sometimes change is good. I hope you find a good one soon!
Brandon
 
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort enema, Prednisone (12.5mg and tapering down)

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