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   Posted 5/29/2008 4:04 AM (GMT -7)   
How do you tell a doctor you have been with for almost 10 years that your going for a second opinion?? 
Do you not tell him and just go???   The only problem is I found another doctor I want to go to but he's
with a different hospital so they will need to get all my labs and tests and that I'm sure.  Do I let them
get all that??   I'm guessing I'll have to get it all.     
I'm just so loyal to my GI that this is a really hard step for me to take and I don't want to hurt feelings, etc...
And what if the 2nd opinion tells me what I'm getting now and I don't want to start going to him??  Will
the first doctor treat me differently and be funky with me from now on???  
I'm nervous but excited in hopes 2nd doctor can help me and give me answers.   Its just really hard for me
right now and I cried last night and I did prayed about it!!!!    

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   Posted 5/29/2008 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I totally understand! I am just in the process of maybe switching *back* to my last GI. He was my third and I really liked him, but it got to a point where I needed clinical trials and I switched to a doc involved in research. I really like him too, but now I am to a different point where I just needed a fresh set of eyes, so I went back. He's given me different types of things and it's helping, so I am glad I did. I just found out yesterday that his office is going to fax my blood results to the trial doc's office! Now I feel guilty. But, they work for us, I try to remember... I am loyal, but sometimes we need to put our own well-being first! So, even if your new doc says and does the same things, it's emotional back-up and we need that to feel like we are doing everything we can!

BTW, I cried when I first switched too! Move forward with your plan to see a second doctor whether you inform your current doctor or not. I had all my info documented, so that I didn't need to pull records...
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--stuck on methylprednisolone, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08
--single mom to 10-year-old girl

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   Posted 5/29/2008 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
If you are going to have to have records from your current GI to provide to this new GI you want to see the best thing to do is to tell your current GI you'd like to get a second opinion just to have a fresh outlook on what's been going on w/you. A second opinion does NOT mean that you are switching doctors. That's a decision to be made later - after you've had a chance to evaluate this second doctor and how well you get on w/him, etc.

Especially if the two doctors are in the same immediate area and belong to the same local medical association the odds are your current doctor is going to eventually find out you've gone to see the second doctor so its best to avoid "ruffled feathers/hurt feelings" to be right up front w/your current doctor.

Even if you have all your records w/o having to involve your current doctor the second doctor is going to see the "ordering doctor's" name on many of the reports, etc. so you might as well be up front w/both of them.
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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