Appointment with my new pcp

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hippimom2
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   Posted 3/7/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my yearly physical with my new pcp and it went really well.  It gave me a chance to really talk to my new pcp and I found out that I really like him a lot.  My rheumy gave me this pcp's name and I had seen him a few months ago for some severe diahrrea I was having and I didn't really have much of a chance to talk to him at that appointment.
 
He really took a lot of time with my during my physical and was very thorough and I felt very comfortable talking to him.  We talked about all the GI problems I was having and he referred me to a GI specialist (I go nest Wed).  He said any of these issues have to be taken seriously with my connective tissue disease.  I was also able to talk to him about my occasional waves of severe anxiety and he was very willing to give me some Xanax as long as I used it only when needed, so it is a relief just to know I have it if I need it.  He also gave me a referral to a nutritionist since I am so overweight.
 
It's a relief to have a PCP that I like after the one I just loved left last year.  I'm a little stressed about seeing the GI doc because I'm worried they will want to do a colonoscopy and I've heard those are pretty unpleasant.
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PattyLatty
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   Posted 3/7/2008 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hippi,

Your new pcp sounds great and I know how relieved you must be to know that you like him.

When I had my last (and only, so far) colonoscopy 7 years ago I didn't feel a thing. I took my girlfriend to the hospital when she had hers and she was also sedated. The drug we were given also has the benefit of erasing your memory for the time period in which the procedure is performed. So if you do have to have one, be sure to talk to the GI doc about how he does his. I know how anxious you are to get some relief from all the GI problems that you have and I hope they have nothing to do with your connective tissue disease.

I hope you've been having some good days. Since we've both been taking a sabatical from the forum I've really missed reading your posts. Be sure to let me know how your appointment with the GI doc goes.

Miss ya,

Pat
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redrose77
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   Posted 3/7/2008 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I had one of those a year ago, and the only really unpleasant part was the stuff I had to drink to clear everything out and the special diet. I do not recall anything from the procedure itself. I am pretty sure you will be sedated since unsedated people would likely not cooperate during the procedure.
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jhmom
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   Posted 3/7/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hippi, I am glad to hear you like your new PCP, that is a very important relationship to have.

A colonoscopy is not bad at all, I am 36 and I've had 2 because of all the problems I've had since 2002. The worst part is the prep, you will have to do a liquid diet for a day, after a light breakfast and the starting drinking the stuff in the evening and it doesn't taste that great, however there are pills available now, it's just up to your doctor. The last GI I saw didn't like the pills he said they didn't clean you out as well. They will sedate you (or at least they should) you may want to ask the GI about it, because I wouldn't let them do it without being sedated nono . They hook up an IV and monitors then bam you are out then you wake up.

Good luck, you will be in my prayers.
Stacie

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joinery
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   Posted 3/7/2008 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi hippi, I like mine also I'd had for years though I can tell him anything and he listening to me. Not some other drs. that I've had. I also had a colonoscopy done a couple yrs. ago. jhmom is right it is't that bad except the prep. but I did have the pills, they sedated me. Just make sure have somebody to drive you home. I'm sure your doc. will go over everything with you. Best wishes.
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AlwaysRosie
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   Posted 3/7/2008 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Great Hippie!!!

What a relief to have doc you can talk to and who actually listens!!!

I'm planning to line up a new PCP in the same facility as my new rheumy and gastro (both at the Cleveland Clinic). I saw my new Gastro on Monday as a matter of fact. She wants a c-oscopy too . . 4/1 for me. . . ewwww!! Really its not bad at all. That prep is the hardest part. I have pills and the drink. . . but the doc said it is half the drink they used use. Fasting for the full day before with clear liquids.

I'm sorry you are having poo problems too. What PAIN!!!! I got scolded for not having gone to the ER. My new gastro wants me to head to the ER with my next GI flare to get an ultra-sound and blood work. I told her it is too painful to pile in the car . . .but she insisted. Soooooooo.


I hope you aren't about to add another issue to your already huge list Hippie ((((((((((( Hippie )))))))))). How is your son feeling these days??

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canuckgirl
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   Posted 3/7/2008 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hippi,
 
I had a colonoscopy last month and was scared to death. I get there they give me this pill to stick under my tongue valium or something. I SLEPT through the entire procedure they woke me up when it was finishing. The worst part is drinking all the crud the day before tastes sooooo gross. I wouldn't worry though my mom had one yesterday and same thing no biggie.
 
Angela
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hippimom2
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   Posted 3/9/2008 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the reassurance about the possible colonoscopy. I got kind of down about all of this the other day. It just seems like once you get an AI disease things start to snowball and you keep picking up other things along the way. I am really hoping that my Gi issues are caused by my meds. I really don't have a terrible amount of pain from it, I just almost always have diahrea. It's kind of funny because my hubby came home from an appointment with his doc and she wants him to have a colonoscopy because he has a lot of stomach and bowel issues. I told him we could go in together except we would need someone to drive us home.

It just gets kind of overwhelming. I'm supposed to see the GI doc wednesday, I'm supposed to schedule a momogram and I'm supposed to see a nutritionist - blah! I know I need to do all of these things for my health though.
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okie
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   Posted 3/9/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi hippi, I'm so glad you like your new doctor that makes all the difference in the world. I'm with the others on this that the colonoscopy is not a huge deal except for the drinking the stuff to clean you out first and that tasted like 3 gallons of salt walter! YUcko!
I know everything gets so overwhealming after while. You know we are supposed to have colonoscopies and mamograms and these things done every so often as we get older. Not that I mean you are old or anything lol. I'm the old one here. It just seems like if you puit the normal things together with all the appts for A/I. it's like we spend all of our time any in the doctors office, labs, at a hospital. or on the phone with appts and insurance company's .
I think that's a great idea that you both have your colonscopy done at the same time lol. That way you both can drink the yuckt stuff for dinner the night before. Maybe by candle light???
Hang in there sweet. Let us know how it goes Wenesday
love ya
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   Posted 3/10/2008 1:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hippie . . .

NO! Don't do the c'oscopy together!! Unless you are willing to have hubby upstairs and you downstairs for the prep day!! You need a bathroom all the yourself! With no stairway to engage. You'll be in and out of the bathroom with great urgency. On the evening of your prep day . . . you'll need to ask your family to please leave the convenient bathroom EMPTY for you. I really prefer having the house to myself for this lovely time. As we've all said, the prep is the hard part. LOL

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