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Joan M
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   Posted 7/8/2006 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I live by myself and have no living relatives.  I do have some friends but hate to lay all this on them.  Unfortunately have a number of medical problems, asthma, GERD, IBS, arthritis, hbp, etc. 
 
Am in a bit of a dilemna now because I live in a relatively small city and my choice of doctors is limited.  MY GI doctor is a very nice person but does not spend any time with me.  Right now I am suffering a lot with the sore throat part of gerd = reflux disease and also have a bleeding ulcer.
 
Find myself scared and lonely because I have no trust in doctors.  Many of them seem to live to make money and patients come last. They also back each other up and cover each other's back sides.  This is not an opinion but a matter of fact.
 
I also have chronic vegetative depression and I'm kind of used to it.  This reflux thing is very painful and nobody has bothered to explain it to me.  I did read a couple of books in the library.
 
Please try to respond to me if you can.  Thank you

Rianna
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   Posted 7/8/2006 5:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Is there anyway you could drive a little further to find a new GI Doctor? I feel like a good Doctor who spends the time you need with them is worth the cost of gas and the longer commute. Do you have a hospital near where you live? They may be able to give you some recommendations on Doctors who specialize in your medical areas and be able to find some support groups. There are some great support groups in hospitals for people with different medical problems. I know it is hard to be alone..I am alone as well..no family except for my 88 year old Father in Florida. I live in Ohio.

Are you in any counseling for depression and taking any medications for it? There are many good Doctors out there, and you deserve the best of care, even if it involves driving to another city.

els
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   Posted 7/9/2006 3:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Joan,  I agree with Rianna about seeking out a physician possiably out of town.  I also live in a small community with few physicians.  I have to commute to my doctors quite often.  I know when your sick and feel crappy that depression is ten times worse.  Are you seeing someone for that or do you take medications for it?  It is important to try to keep up on your mental health as well when your physicial health starts to go down.  We are always here for you...


 


Joan M
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 1972
   Posted 7/9/2006 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both so much. Yes, I see a psychiatrist who is also from New York City and I take zoloft 100 mg.

My GI guy spends no time with me. I consider asthma to be very serious even though my problem is only moderate. Recently found out that the stuff for reflux can contribute to the likelihood of my coming down with "community pneumonia". Thanks anyway but I could live without that one.

Am calling a doctor's office tomorrow to see where he has privileges. I will use it as an excuse to get another doctor as everybody knows everybody here type-of-thing and I don't want to be labeled as a BAD PATIENT and ruffle their golden (28 karat) feathers.

Thanks for your interest. I do have wheels and will travel but I need to get a ride to the hospital for my endoscopy and colonoscophy because you need a sedative. I can use our Senior Projects bus and get there and back for $10. round trip. THE PROBLEM IS GETTING A GOOD DOCTOR.

Post Edited (Joan Mack) : 7/9/2006 5:35:10 PM (GMT-6)

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