Had my first GI appointment

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babybloo
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   Posted 10/16/2007 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I had my appointment with the GI doc.  He didn't do much of anything except listen to my heart and lungs, asked about symptoms and where it hurt.  Set me up for Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, and xray of the small intestine.  Also wants to do a pelvic CT scan to check the status of the fistula which I said we need to hold off on because he may see what he needs during the other tests, I hope.  I know my insurance isn't going to cover all of these things so I have to cut back on some things.  He says he does suspect inflammatory but doesn't know which type and wants to cover all bases.
 
Just wanted to update you.
Theresa
dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Duration: 10yrs. Dx'ed 2006.  Asthma, hypertension, hypothyroid
 
Meds: Methotrexate 25mg wkly, Arava 20mg, Rituxan infusion, Folic Acid, Fish Oils, Advil, Advair 250/50, Diovan HCT 160mg/25mg QD, Women's One a Day, tylenol PRN.
 
 


Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 10/16/2007 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the update.
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
 
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
 
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor


babybloo
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   Posted 10/17/2007 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I set up for the Endoscopy and Colonoscopy with biopsy but asked them to hold off on the Pelvic CT and small bowel follow through... you think this is a bad choice? Fiancially it would be better for me to do things one step at a time....
dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Duration: 10yrs. Dx'ed 2006.  Asthma, hypertension, hypothyroid
 
Meds: Methotrexate 25mg wkly, Arava 20mg, Rituxan infusion, Folic Acid, Fish Oils, Advil, Advair 250/50, Diovan HCT 160mg/25mg QD, Women's One a Day, tylenol PRN.
 
 


gachrons
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   Posted 10/18/2007 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi It would certainly get those two test done and out of the way. As far as your decision on choices a person has to make there own . So how long do you have to wait to get things done? Keep in touch lol gail

babybloo
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   Posted 10/18/2007 2:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the Endo/colonoscopy set up for the 25th of October. Think I will be getting the Sm. Bowel follow through Nov. 30th. My infusions make it difficult for me to schedule because they don't want them at the time of the Rituxan or I just can't fit it in any other time. It is a pain. If they don't see anything in regards to the fistula then I will set up for the Pelvic CT at that time.

From what he said he won't because he cannot see the tract but I just can't figure out how to do all of these and he said they cannot be done at the same time.
dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Duration: 10yrs. Dx'ed 2006.  Asthma, hypertension, hypothyroid
 
Meds: Methotrexate 25mg wkly, Arava 20mg, Rituxan infusion, Folic Acid, Fish Oils, Advil, Advair 250/50, Diovan HCT 160mg/25mg QD, Women's One a Day, tylenol PRN.
 
 

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