what kind of questions should I ask the GI

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   Posted 10/4/2008 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Well the first thing is I found a new GI after not having one for awhile. the last GI I had didn't really listen to me, and gave vague (sp) answers at best when he did. I developed a resentment and lack of trust in the system, I stuck it out for the year after a resection.


I don't know if it was the medicines fault or just the results of the surgery, but I had really bad D for months. I managed it with Imodium before meals. I found that when the medicine wasn't in me I didn't need the Imodium and my BM were almost normal after a short time. and that is where I have been for several years.


I want to make this a positive experience this time, and want to know what you would ask?

I shed tears when I found this place...I have felt so alone for so long...Its good to know there are caring ppl out there who can understand where I'm coming from.

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   Posted 10/4/2008 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi just ask him if what your doing to manage your CD is alright for you perhaps get vitties checked and of course your B-12. How long after resection are we supposed to wait before we need a scope done .I don't know the answer to that one. Hope you like your new Dr. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail

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   Posted 10/4/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to Healing Well, cinpro! Many others have expressed the same sentiment as you did in your signature. Thank you for writing it for all to see. Our membership is full of knowledgable and caring people, all experiencing Crohn's in varying degrees.

First, write down a brief outline of your experiences since the resection. Especially recount your experimentation that led you to believe that the medication was making you have diarrhea. [Could that medication have been either Pentasa or Asacol or Colazal? They can make some worse.] Make a list of symptoms you have had since your resection.

You might be curious how often this GI does colonoscopies? You could ask his recommendations for maintaining good GI health.

I'm sure others will be along with more/better suggestions than mine. I seem to have brain fog at the moment. LOL
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   Posted 10/4/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
it was defintaly Asacol 400mg, that much I remember it was something like 4 pills like evey 4 hours, I think. I'm doing the brain fog thing too.
I shed tears when I found this place...I have felt so alone for so long...Its good to know there are caring ppl out there who can understand where I'm coming from.

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   Posted 10/5/2008 5:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I generally will ask about proper diet and exercise, which medications would be most appropriate with my degree of severity of the disease as well as activity level of the disease at the moment, what kind of supplements to take, what to avoid in all categories(food, physical activity, etc.), and of course I would demand enough of his/her time to try and figure out why it is that you feel better off your medication and how to get you to a point where you won't need the immodium while on at least a good maintenance medication. Even if you feel better now I would worry about the potential long term negative effects like an obstruction due to constant, but perhaps less noticeable, irritation.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, bentyl as needed, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.

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   Posted 10/5/2008 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
The new GI also needs a good summary of your disease history -- onset of symptoms, severity, BMs per day, medications taken and yuor response, surgeries, results and dates of past scopes, etc. This is a very individuakl disease. A good GI does not treat Crohns disease, he treats each individual patient with Crohns disease. And to to that he needs and most possible information abuot your case.
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