Met with the surgeon... what a joke!

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Curly9878
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   Posted 5/13/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
So I have a stricture that i need removed...  
 
Anyway, I have been miserable for 3 weeks while I waited for this appt to get here...    I thought today was the light at the end of this tunnel...
 
Anywho...   The surgeon was like "what brings you here today"   He didnt take any time to review any of my info, he didnt have my xrays or any history on me...    

He was asking me questions on the stricture, like where exactly it is located and the size and stuff....   Finally, I said "THAT IS WHAT I PAY DOCTORS FOR"   (to look at tests and review things)
 
anyway, I am pissed...   because this visit was useless, he did say that IF surgery was the only option then he would send me to Grand Rapids (Michigan) or to Cleveland Clinic....
 
So now, I am waiting....   again......   I called my Crohns Dr and he is supposed to call me back tomorrow....    
 
I am trying not to be a jerk to them but geeze!   LEts get the show on the road...
28 Yrs
Michigan
Newly diagnosed with Crohns


aoccc
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   Posted 5/13/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
bet u get a nice bill for that BS session lol
SCD since 01, remission since 01, occasional random junk food breaks :)
No meds ever.


gachrons
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   Posted 5/13/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sometimes it sure is hard to get some help but hope you get things going better soon.. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail
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LMills
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   Posted 5/13/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
That is just absurd...they could have at least taken the time to read your chart. I feel like we, as patients, have a right to refuse payment for visits like that. That isn't even a real appointment..
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


Wolfie40
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   Posted 5/13/2009 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I would not let that Surgeon opreate on me. What a joke!
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Folic Acid, Multivitamin, Dbl. Calcium, Probiotics, Protonix, Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.


pinkymoo
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   Posted 5/13/2009 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
its criminal isnt it..
l have just found out i have CD and i have to wait till next week to see the Doc and find out what i need to to etc you feel like your life is out of your hands some days but i am trying to stay calm and not too stress.
And with my colonoscopy doc appointment last week i found him to be heartless, especially when i sat down and he said yourve got CD you should be sicker cant see you now have to see another specialist.. im like *** can you at least tell me something i should be doin... he said just eat what i want etc cant help..
so i am compasionate with what your going through and i tell ya if i am not happy with this CD doc i will letting him know
Good luck mate

Irishmom4
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   Posted 5/13/2009 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Something similar happened to me. I was in the hospital ER with a total obstruction. They called a couple surgeons but none would come in for a consult because it was Thanksgiving weekend. After a 7 day stay and then test after test they sent me to a surgeon.  I assumed so that I could schedule the surgery. But it was more like an interview than meeting with a doctor. He just wanted me to know that if I  needed a surgeon he was the man to do it.  I was baffled.  Finally when I had had enough and actually had the surgery I went to Cleveland Clinic.
 
Good luck!!
Dx'd with Crohns 1984 and polycystic kidney diease in 1996
I was in remission for 16 years, Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, folic acid, and Enalapril, Have been flaring on and off since August.
 
I love my life and everyday I pray that my body cooporates and allows me to do what I have planned.


Curly9878
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   Posted 5/13/2009 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everybody.... I think I will pay them like $5 a month until I pay them off... Slow play it.... Thoughts?
28 Yrs
Michigan
Newly diagnosed with Crohns


CrohnieToo
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   Posted 5/13/2009 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd go to the Cleveland Clinic website and schedule an appointment w/a CC colorectal surgeon. You will get in quicker and get a better, more experienced surgeon. No doubt in my mind about that at all.

Altho I ended up not needing surgery, I had an appointment w/in 10 days of my requesting an appointment via their website.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.


Barbz
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   Posted 5/13/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
2 years ago when i went to see a surgeon he told me that i did not need surgery. I left the office crying because i had 2 obstructions. That was a Tuesday on Friday i recieved a call from him personally telling me how sorry he was that he did not look at any of my test results ahead of time and that after looking at them and talking to a doctor at Barnes hospital that they decided i needed surgery right away that it could not wait. I did not go to him for the surgery i went over to Barnes and the surgeon over there done a great job. I know how you feel it is frustrating. Good luck and dont give up. There are good doctors out there and there are bad ones. Good Luck and God Bless you. Barb

pillpopper
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   Posted 5/13/2009 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Agree with Barbz...
There are good and bad ones.
Luckily I have a good G.P and a good G.I.
I combine their strengths and weaknesses.
During an obstruction,a Dr. has to be good
or I'm throwing things.
diagnosed 1981
remission until 2006
Remacade,resection
B-12,Pentasa,Loperamide,
Entocort, 6mp,Hydrochlorothiazide
Remission since surgery
and 8-week Remacade.
d since 1981(enjoy the look
on Dr's faces)


karendee
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   Posted 5/14/2009 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
that is terrible! I hate it when I get the interview! I saw a new GI and he read up on me before I came to him. It was nice. He did not review my scope though and he said he would.

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

 

 


Curly9878
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   Posted 5/14/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I got a call from the idiots today.... I was kind of mean... I really need to straigten up if they are gonna cut me open
28 Yrs
Michigan
Newly diagnosed with Crohns


gumby44
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   Posted 5/14/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Curly,
I'm in Northern MI, what about you? Try to check this guy's qualifications, and experience with strictures, and get another opionion if you aren't sure if surgery is needed. I'm sorry you are going through this. It's hard enought to absorb a new diagnosis of Crohn's, and then to add surgery on top of it is really hard!
50 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 4 500mg pills per day, Metamucil and colace for constipation


gumby44
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   Posted 5/14/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Curly,
I'm in Northern MI, what about you? Try to check this guy's qualifications, and experience with strictures, and get another opionion if you aren't sure if surgery is needed. I'm sorry you are going through this. It's hard enough to absorb a new diagnosis of Crohn's, and then to add surgery on top of it is really hard!
50 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 4 500mg pills per day, Metamucil and colace for constipation


Curly9878
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   Posted 5/17/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Gumby, I am in West Michigan, West of Grand Rapids.... on the big lake.
28 Yrs
Michigan
Newly diagnosed with Crohns


tiaeight
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   Posted 5/17/2009 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Then he probably turned around and billed you some outrageous fee! The first gastro doctor that I saw here in the Quad Cities, told me the only way that I would get better was to have my colon removed. Are you kidding me? That was three years ago and my new doctor has since put me on Humira. He, does not want to operate...Amazing what we pay for and the service we receive.
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