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grumpygi
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   Posted 7/23/2010 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I've had it.  The GI doc office has screwed up three times now.  Time to move on, grass is greener somewhere else.  Hate having to start the story over but would rather start it with someone who is alive on the other end.  Dead beat docs suck!  Their office is an extension of their professional self and if they are too busy for me then I need to find someone else that I can build a trusting relationship with.  DONE I say!  Just rated the dude on ratemds.com cause I am so frustrated.   
Meds: Celebrex, Omeprazole, Liadla, Entocort EC 9mg/day, Vit D, Mulitvit, Omega 3's, Ambian, Neurontin.
 
 
 


sr5599
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   Posted 7/23/2010 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry for the hassles, grumpygi! I've switched GIs 3 times since all this started 8 years ago. The first doc just had a small office. I liked him (he had a wife and 5 daughters, so his bedside manner was great!) But, the nurses took 8 tries to draw blood, I could never get in to see him. They didn't relay messages, etc. So I left that office!

Then I had another GI - really into research and doing trials. He was a brilliant guy, great to listen to, but ... very full of ego. And his bedside manner was horrible! Once he told me I looked like I'd gotten into a fight with my cat and lost! Other time he said my hair looked like cr@p. The last straw was when I got tears in my eyes (not bawling or even crying, just teared up) when he was talking about me needing an ostomy. He told me that his 17 year old patient handled it all better than I did and ... so I said See Ya!

My GI now is great! Patient, kind, voted on of the top doctors in Portland, OR. I think the world of him ...

So maybe your new GI will be just perfect! That will so be worth the hassle! Good luck!
1 fistula with two tracts, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
Compounded budesonide 3mg/daily, Cimzia. Dx Osteoporosis 10/08 started Forteo 1/27/09
Failed every other drug and about to prepare for ostomy surgery... In the process of gathering info and meeting with ET nurses.


ivy6
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   Posted 7/23/2010 5:04 PM (GMT -7)   
" He told me that his 17 year old patient handled it all better than I did"

I'm gobsmacked!!!
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dunny2
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   Posted 7/23/2010 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm seriously thinking about doing the same thing. Same reasons as you. I hate to start again, but right now
I feel like I'm between a rock and a hard place. The worst part of all this is getting off my butt and getting things
moving. I'm just procrastinating, and that's not me. I guess I don't feel so good, and really this is the ideal time
to do it, but it's like, yeah, I'll do that tomorrow.....
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and lupus.
B12 Shots bi-weekly

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts...


emptynester2010
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   Posted 7/23/2010 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Best of luck finding a good one.   Let us know how is goes.  I followed your suggestion and tried ratemds.com and no one has posted about a gastroenterologist in my son's area of the world since 2008 and none of them got high marks. 

grumpygi
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   Posted 7/23/2010 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
emptynest:  well, mine wasn't listed either, but that is a trend I'm more than delighted to change.  The GI's nurse told me she would call me back Wednesday pm and figured I was being very patient through today.  It's the last straw, cause the bigger insult to me is that they turn around a bill me for the pleasure of being screwed over. 
 
There are a couple of other web sites:  heathgrades and angies list.  Angie's list charges a fee so I don't use them.  Heathgrades didn't have two of my doc's in there but last year I added them, figured we as patients are all in this together. Docs object to these web sites, which is really pretty funny.  They wouldn't object if they got great "grades"!   
Meds: Celebrex, Omeprazole, Liadla, Entocort EC 9mg/day, Vit D, Mulitvit, Omega 3's, Ambian, Neurontin.
 
 
 


grumpygi
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   Posted 7/23/2010 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
sr5559:  glad you finally found one that works for you.  Man, my mouth would have gotten me in big time trouble with someone telling my hair didn't measure up or to suck up the emotion of a very difficult diagnosis etc.  Firing him was the least you could do!  Would have been tempted to box his ears, scratch eyes out or tear my hair and knash my teeth!  It is hard when one doesn't feel well or is scared though.  One doc I saw was trying to get me to agree to something without explaining it and he was rushing around - probably a stressful day - but I told him he was freakin me out and he settled down.  Our relationship has progressed now, mostly I try to tell him things to see if I can get him to fall off of his stool.  Have come really close sometimes, it is after all a new sport.  If I have to see doc's who inflict pain and suffering then it should be a mutual experience! 


Meds: Celebrex, Omeprazole, Liadla, Entocort EC 9mg/day, Vit D, Mulitvit, Omega 3's, Ambian, Neurontin.
 
 
 

Post Edited (grumpygi) : 7/23/2010 6:48:29 PM (GMT-6)


grumpygi
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   Posted 7/23/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
dunny2:  personally, there is no time like the present.  I'm pretty patient if the doc is nervous around me and vice versa, will even forgive snafu's because everyone is human.  There has to be a line though that when there are too many issues there is a trend that speaks to the potential for huge future problems.  I feel that we are trusting these people with our lives, they sure bill as if our lives are in their hands and so my expectation is not so unrealistic.   
 
As for finding a good doc, usually start asking around in the community and see if you can find a common theme to checking web sites, asking people on this forum and other forums for information.  Soo good luck, hope you find someone you can connect with.  Barb 
Meds: Celebrex, Omeprazole, Liadla, Entocort EC 9mg/day, Vit D, Mulitvit, Omega 3's, Ambian, Neurontin.
 
 
 


GDen
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   Posted 7/23/2010 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
grumpygi said...
Man, my mouth would have gotten me in big time trouble with someone telling my hair didn't measure up or to suck up the emotion of a very difficult diagnosis etc. Firing him was the least you could do! Would have been tempted to box his ears

+1 on that. I just won't stand for it anymore. Bottom line, I'm the customer, you're the professional, and I expect to be treated appropriately. I've encountered several jerk doctors, nurses, pharmacists, etc. in the past, but back then I was nice. No more...

I've had my GI for about 3.5 years now and still think he's pretty great, and his nurse too. I've thought about switching to somebody closer, since he's almost halfway across the city, but I don't want to risk it, and it's not all that far. I have a fantastic eye doctor who's even farther. I recently checked my GI clinic's ratings on some health site and it was nothing but bad ratings, though only about five of them. I think satisfied customers are far less likely to submit ratings. I selected my current PCP based on pretty good ratings off another site, and I'm not too impressed with him -- I'd give him a C, and am thinking about switching.
Cimzia, Asacol


Subzeromambo
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   Posted 7/23/2010 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
sr559, I am in the same city. Who is the good doc?

Post Edited (Subzeromambo) : 7/23/2010 10:31:45 PM (GMT-6)


Tara28
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   Posted 7/23/2010 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
sr5599- I teared up, too, when they mentioned ostomy surgery, even though I had been told by my old gastro that it was in my future..

I have had an ostomy since last september and have mixed feelings about it. My stoma retracted and I still have to go to the washroom and all that comes out is mucous and blood (sorry tmi) BUT NO ONE ever told me this was a potential problem .. i wish I was more aware before hand.

I too have 2 fistulas, another suspected, tons of erythema nodosum and from crohn's colitis..

Take care :)
33 years old, dx with Crohn's in 1998. Currently on :
Clofazimine 100mg daily,
Rifampin 600mg daily, and Clarithromycin 2 tabs daily
and Cipralex 10mg/day for anxiety.
Hydroxyzine, percocet, Ativan as needed.
5g pharmaceutical grade Omega 3's, 1000IU's Vitamin D3 daily
2 Perianal fistulas, and 1 more suspected. Crohn's only at end of colon, cecum. Remi, Asacol, Salofalk, Imuran, Humira did nada. Built immunity to long-term Cipro use, which also induced panic attacks.


mtgman
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   Posted 7/23/2010 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
fire him! i've been pretty lucky over the years but i did "quit" one doc about 4 years ago bc he was too busy making money doing procedures and as a result you couldn't see him- only his PA...didn't fly with me and I was out of there after that 1st appt with his asst. Remember it's about you. your health and your care...good luck finding a good one! ask around- ask other docs for their opinions...
36 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 30 mg prednisone.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 3rd Remicade infusion 3 weeks ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for over a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.

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