my doctor drives me crazy...

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bunnybabe
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   Posted 11/10/2005 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
so, i just got back from the doctor.
i had a lactulose breath test done on 9/29/05... two weeks ago he said he had not gotten results from it, today he asked me how i was doing on the antibiotics, i was perplexed.  "you gave me zelnorm--for my diarrhea, and amitriptyline because i cried in your office, because i feel hopeless and that you are not listening to me..."  since, i have been to my pcp who took me off those and put me on zoloft and lomotil.  so now i am pooping about 3x a day (fantastic) but in an extreme amount of pain (boo) and nauseous--(when i crap i feel like i am delivering a lobster from my tush) and the nausea does not stop.
then he says, "i vaguely remember your breath test coming back positive for bacterial overgrowth..."
"well, then wouldn't antibiotics clear that up then?" i ask intelligently.
"yes, i will give you a call tuesday, so stop taking the lomotil, take imodium and the zoloft and i am concerned about you taking the digestive advantage...., ok so we will talk tuesday"
and i was ushered out... normally i am a very ballsy woman, but i did not ask all my questions!!!  for instance, why can't you just give me a perscription for the anti biotics?  i could start them now or on tuesday when you call me.  do i still have IBS?  does bacterial overgrowth cause exploding poops?-- then how come they have stopped since i have cut gluten out of my diet?  am i gluten sensitive and have a bacteria problem?  is this like a yeast infection of the small intestine?  will i poo like a normal person?  do you still think i am depressed?  do you think of me as a lesser patient because i am the only one in the waiting room under the age of 60, is that why are visits are so short--am i not worth listening to?
i think these are all valid questions...
i beg for the courage to be ballsy with my health!!!!
 
so yeah, thanks for listening...
good news though--i am moving this weekend to a new apartment!!! 
--bunny
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Sarita
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   Posted 11/10/2005 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   

LOL bunny, delivering a lobster from your arse, that is CLASSIC.  I love that image.  I mean, it definitely sounds unpleasant...but freakin' hilarious.  Okay, moving on...

Was it your GI that was being all crazy/stupid today?  "Vaguely remember" that you had some bacterial overgrowth?  It's called a chart, sir!  Get it out and read it...my goodness.  He probably didn't want to put you on antibiotics until he reviewed your chart more thoroughly and that, at least, is a good thing (even though he should have had it right there in front of him!).  At least your PCP sounds sane.  I always had doubts about this dude who put you on Zelnorm for diarrhea.  Have you thought about getting a referral to a new GI?  I just seriously doubt the competency of this dude.  Seems like you do too!  Of course all your questions are valid.  Next time tell him you need a minute or two to collect your thoughts and think of questions and don't let yourself leave until you're satisfied with his answers.  It's hard to do - I've been there too - but we have to demand thoroughness from our docs.

Moving to a new apartment?  Cuter?  Better?  Bigger?  Sunnier?  That's always stressful but fun.  Redecorating time!

 


7Lil
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   Posted 11/10/2005 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
What a nightmare doc you have, Bunny. I'm sorry. I usually get flustered too. I always feel like I'm being pushed out the door. And then you forget everything you wanted to ask. I have learned (haven't done it yet) to make a list of questions prior to your appointment. Bust out the list and start rambling off like a host/organizer of an auction. Demand to be heard! Seriously, you DO have a wacko doc. What kind of doc doesn't have accurate test results and then prescribes C medicine for D? Can you imagine if you took Zelnorm? It would have opened the flood gates and you would have had a permanent toilet bowl ring on the back of your arse.
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dbab
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   Posted 11/10/2005 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with the others about the doc. A good doc will ask you if you have any questions, and give you a chance to answer them. You will learn to be more assertive with your doctors when you have seen them many times. Its just something you get used to. I agree with Lil, make a list so when you go in you have the questions ready. Also don't be afraid to politely interupt if he brings up something out of the blue, "excuse me doctor, let me ask this before I forget."

Oh yeah, should I be checking the mail for my house warming invite? j/k... Congratulations... sometimes change is good!!!
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bunnybabe
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   Posted 11/11/2005 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
you ladies rock.

i have asked for a referral for a new GI and my PCP said, "but that group is the best, who else would i send you to?" then he told me not to take the drugs the GI perscribed and perscribed his own... hmmm, so he is the best, but you think he gave me the wrong drugs too?
since i am moving though, it makes more sence for me to get a new PCP, and then another GI. i am handling things better now, but frustrated that someone who went to school for this is so freakin dumb... i would never pull that crap in my work-and i work in entertainment!!! no threat of malpractice there!!!
when i did go to my PCP i had a list and that did work well, so i think that is the way to go.

you all would totally be invited to see my new apartment, it is very nice, big and expensive, but worth it. my commute will now be FREE (yup free, the college shuttle comes to the complex!!!) and will be about 20 mins (plus waiting at the bus stop) whereas now it is an hour on a good day. (bus, train, shuttle, walk) and we have so many windows!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! right now we are in a basement of a rich ladys house, so barely any sunlight, mold, floods everytime it rained, and crazy rich landlady who relied on me and tim for everything!!! so this new apartment will help the whole stress thing...
so you can all come over for chamomile tea/immodium cocktails whenever you are in the area!
--bunny
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Keriamon
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   Posted 11/11/2005 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Doesn't like Digestive Advantage? Strange, my G.I's N.P. recommended something like it (Culturelle), which she swore by, and said she didn't know anything personally about D.A., but they had some samples, did I want some?

If you go on antibiotics to get rid of the bad bacteria, by all means stay on the D.A. In fact, I have read that when you are on antibiotics, you should double or triple up on your normal amounts of probiotics. If he doesn't like that particular brand, that's okay, take the brand he does recommend. But don't go without anything at all, or you'll just wind up with no bacteria and that's not going to help your poo situation, and bad bacteria has a 50-50 chance with the good to take over again. I have read that C. difficile can be difficult to get rid of because bad bacteria can just keep coming back unless you really down the good stuff.

bunnybabe
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   Posted 11/11/2005 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks, he said it was because it contained manitol (sugar substitute).
i am on acidophilus, and plan on keeping with it--especially if i got to go on antibiotics.

my only problem with the DA is i HATE the taste of the chewables, i can't seem to find the capsules in stores, after the move i plan on calling the company to order some that way.

thanks everyone!!
--bunny
what would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?


7Lil
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   Posted 11/11/2005 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually kinda liked the taste of those chewables. Am I the only one?
Bunny, I bought a 90 day supply on Amazon.com that came in pills. It is cheaper to get through the internet.
Good luck!


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