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   Posted 12/6/2007 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone heard anything good or bad about the ohio state university medical center? I have an appointment there in January but wanted some information about them if possible. I am equally distant from the Cleveland clinic as well. Any thoughts there?
Symptoms Of Crohn's June of '06 (21 years old 285lbs). Colonoscopy in Jan '07 no sign of Crohn's.
Surgery for a Fistula in April '07, diagnosed suggestive Crohn's in May '07. August '07 small bowel follow
through, diagnosed with Crohn's (23 years old 165lbs). On HUMIRA, Prednisone


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   Posted 12/6/2007 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Any university affiliated medical center that has a gastroenterology fellowship training program, which I assume Ohio State would, is usually a pretty good resource and up to date on latest treatments, as well as likely to be involved in some clinical trials and research. I have also heard that Cleveland Clinic is one of the top three or four IBD centers in the country as well. Doubt you can go wrong either way.

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   Posted 12/6/2007 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't heard much about OSU, but I have heard wonderful things about Cleveland Clinic. If I hadn't gotten into the Penn State study, that would have been my next stop. I'm about 3 hours south east of Cleveland, but would have driven there for decent healthcare. As it is, I drive 4 hours each way, once a month to be in the Penn State trial with Dr. Jill Smith.

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   Posted 12/6/2007 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
My friend went to Cleveland clinic when she was extremely ill with severe complications from multiple Crohn's surgeries. She and her husband drove several hours. She was very disappointed....she found the doctor that she saw to be extremely rude, and his advice made things worse. I have no idea if that was an isolated incident, as I have also heard that Cleveland Clinic has a great reputaion. Good luck with whatever you choose.
48 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's Sept-Oct. 2007

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   Posted 12/6/2007 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I cannot say enough good things about OSU.  They have been wonderful to me.  Myfirst visit was in Aug of 2005,  I was desperate for answers as I had been told for a year and a half I had IBS.  My Dr at OSU told me in the first 10 min he saw me he was confident I had Crohn's disease. He did lots of tests, and I can call him when I need him and he is great about getting back to me promptly.   Then in 2006 I went to Cleveland Clinic basically because my ins would pay for a 2nd opinion and I wanted to be sure, someone had told me they were the best and I was really in denial.  They confirmed the Crohn's but let me tell you the Dr was an A**!  His bedside manner sucked! The Fellow Doc that was with him ask me a question and he told her to "shut her mouth".  He was rude and when we asked questions he would cut us off.  My sister (a RN) asked a question and he (the Dr) said," I ask the questions here and IF I have time to answer yours I will when I am done".  She blew a gasket and let him have it, then he was nice to us. She basically told him to "get over himself",  It was both the worst and most bazarre Dr app I have ever had. 
Just my experiences. 

Dx: 10/04 Crohn's, GERD, IBS,Osteporosis, Depression, Hypokelemia, "Crohn's" Arthritis, Migranes,
Meds: Asacol, Protonix, Lexapro, Celebrex,Potassium, Remecaide,Entocort, B12 injections wkly, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus 

Post Edited (irish63) : 12/6/2007 8:43:43 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/7/2007 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   

irish63 -

What is the doctor's name at OSU?   I live in Columbus and have yet to find a decent gastro.

Just curious....thanks!

DX: mild to moderate Crohn's for 34 years
Additional benefits: chronic anemia, B12 deficient, peripheral neuropathy, facial mylagsia, joint pain, underactive thyriod
Current meds: Colozal, Nexium, Entocort, Flagyl, steriod cream, monthly B12 injections, Neurontin, Synthroid, Effexor ER, pain meds as needed

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   Posted 12/8/2007 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Dr James Caldwell.  I really like him ALOT, I have met other people that also see other docs in that group and have only heard good things about all of them! 

Good luck to you!

Dx: 10/04 Crohn's, GERD, IBS,Osteporosis, Depression, Hypokelemia, "Crohn's" Arthritis, Migranes,
Meds: Asacol, Protonix, Lexapro, Celebrex,Potassium, Remecaide,Entocort, B12 injections wkly, Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus 

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   Posted 12/12/2007 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I have only heard great things about Cleveland Clinic! My best friends brother had his resection there and he speaks Very highly of it. I was scheduled to go there for a second opinion, but my insurance decided they wouldn't cover it. Good luck!
Fibromyalgia DX March 2003
Crohn's DX Jan 2006 (Symptoms since 96-Misdiagnosed as "female" problems-Major flare during pregnancy in 05 which lead to DX)
1st resection July 2007
Currently on Remicade/8 weeks

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