Who drives the farthest to see your GI?????????

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josef Dieckman
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   Posted 10/10/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
My family and I just moved from the I-5 corridor to BFE. Even the "big town" 17 miles away does have a GI.
I was told the closest GI is going to be 120 miles away.....back from where I once came..........can you believe this crap? Anyhow, just wondering about you all and how far you are willing to drive to feel better.
I need the 'cade bad.........been flaring for 6 months or more and am miserable.........
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   Posted 10/10/2008 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I drive to Indianapolis to my GI an hour and a half away. Not too bad- there is one in town..just not a good one. When I did Remi, i had to drive there to get it. I'm going to go on Tysabri soon and hopefully will be able to use the new transfusion center here in town.

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   Posted 10/10/2008 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
160 miles one way
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   Posted 10/10/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
about 45 minutes to an hour depending on the city traffic, we live in a small town 1/2 hour from the city.

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   Posted 10/10/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I see one locally, but every two months or so I have to go down to the city to see the higher-ranked specialists. That's about 300 km away: a 4 hr train trip or a five hour drive. A twelve+ hour round trip, once you factor in train connections.
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   Posted 10/10/2008 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you in Northern Cal?  Oregon or Washington?
Hubby grew up in Redding and I grew up an hour East of San Fran in the farming land.  I always appreciated I-5 because it was a direct route to almost anywhere and two hours' driving in any direction took you somewhere completely geographically different.  We lived in WA state for 2yrs, along the Columbia River, and we were about two hours away from the Portland airport.  After that, I've always preferred to live w/in less than an hour from a major airport, but we still need to live rural (horses).
I currently drive about 40mi to my GI at Emory, but it takes me 90min to drive and park because of traffic and lights along the majority of the route.  No other routes I can take.  ...without getting lost, anyways...  Lost and me, are not friends.
I have a 'care package' I keep in the car for EVERY drive, be it a short drive in familiar territory, or a long one in unfamiliar territory.  Change of clothes head/toe.  Towels, one large for covering my lap and several small-medium sized hand towels for clean up.  Plastic bags.  Plastic bucket with lid, lined with plastic bag for on-the-road-must-go moments.  Toilet paper.  Wet wipes.  Bottle of water.
I would not attempt a 120mi car drive without my care-package in the back seat and in easy access.  Tinted windows are nice, too.
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Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
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2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returning after resuming 6MP.

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   Posted 10/10/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to drive an hour but after being hospitalized locally and not having a GI with privileges to treat me, I changed to a doctor in my city.

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   Posted 10/10/2008 6:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Ten minutes...
I feel guilty now.
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 10/10/2008 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
im 10mins i feel bad now too thou my previous GI was based in wellington but he wrk where i live too,
dx 17 aug 2007
21 yrs old
13 dec 2007 resection/temp illeostomy 14 feb 2008 temp illeostomy reversed 
150mg azamun
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   Posted 10/10/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
a little over 200 round trip

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   Posted 10/10/2008 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
General Colon Bowel said...
My family and I just moved from the I-5 corridor to BFE. Even the "big town" 17 miles away does have a GI.

We only drive about 35 miles, but I just had to say you have a great name! I died laughing!
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   Posted 10/11/2008 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
we drove 3 days and 1800 miles once, each way. other than that depending on which one, 25 min... to 1.5 hours.


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   Posted 10/11/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
When I have to see my current GI I drive 9 1/2 hours one way. Thankfully he does a lot over the phone and I've only had to go see him 2 times. It looks like I might be making another trip soon.

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josef Dieckman
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   Posted 10/12/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
wow...........I thought I had it rough...........9 1/2 hours one way? That's like me going to san francisco........

well, I may have a small blockage now too........guess I better get on the phone and start making arrangements. Im still mad that nothing is closer

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   Posted 10/12/2008 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
i can't believe how far away some of you are from your doctors :(

i'm incredibly spoiled with a 2.5 block walk from work - otherwise about 30mins metroing from home.
25 yrs - female : diagnosed with Crohn's 11/29/07

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   Posted 10/13/2008 5:32 AM (GMT -7)   

used to drive 363 miles RT (South St. Petersburg to northern gainesvile. fl)  The gastro there was great and he was the only one in my area testingthe Tysabri so I just used him the whole time.

when the test came to an end I found one closer...he is 92 miles round trip.  My office is 80 miles RT and he just past my office so I try to schedule visits on the same days I go into the office.

The tough part will be if I have to have surgery (very likely)...then I will be in a hospital that is an hour drive from my home and my wife will be stuck with the long drive.

dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
tried Naltrexone Jan. 19, 2007 Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
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   Posted 10/13/2008 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
We drive 3 hours one way, so about 200 miles, roughly, 400 roundtrip.
My GI used to be 5 miles down the road.  But, then I outgrew the care and was transferred to a larger city.  Though I DREAD having to make appointments 3 hours away, I also am VERY appreciative of the new "level" of care I'm getting.  I have access to studies now that my old GI would of never even known about for years and it's a teaching hospital with a different perspective on things.  Through my experiences, I find teaching hospitals to be really up and on things....and to me, that is WORTH the 3 hour trip!
Kaycie - Age: 26
Crohn's - Dx Nov 05
Failed Remicade, moving onto a Clinical Trial called ABT-874 - Tentative start date - 10/2/08 - 10/16/08  - Infusion, every 4 weeks.
IVF #1 (In-Vitro Fertilization) - Failed
IVF #2 - IVIg, Heparin, Baby Aspirin - TWIN GIRLS!!!
Reagan Dawn - 8/2/07 - Lived 1 hour 27 minutes due to Cloaca, NOT affiliated with my Crohn's
Addison Maria - 8/2/07 - 13 months old

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   Posted 10/13/2008 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   


I drive over 400 miles roundtrip in the rocky mountains. Trying to think how many mountain passes are involved....4??? Definitely need a 4 wheel drive in the winter!!! Yea!!! It was 12 degrees this morning and already snowed yesterday!!

Imuran 125mg, remicade every 6 weeks, folic acid,

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   Posted 10/13/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
It's roughly 35 miles from my house, but only 15 minutes from work. So I typically come into work, go for my appt. then come back and work the rest of the day. Now when I was on Remicade the infusions were only 15 minutes from home.

Kaycie -- you are the first person other than myself who left a gi because you "out grew" their care. My former gi (who I loved) said I was beyond his knowledge.........scary to think I trusted this person with my care. If he wasn't an IBD specialist, then why the heck didn't he refer me to someone else before that.


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   Posted 10/13/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I drive ~200 miles one way to Chicago to see my GI.  I do have a local GI too, but like some others have posted, I needed different/better care than he could offer me.  (He likes to treat everyone with Imuran rather than Humira or Remicade, etc.)  He recognized that though and referred me to someone in Chicago.

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Resection in June 2006
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   Posted 10/13/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I drive 5 minutes. I feel so guilty now!

Pentasa- 1000mg/2x 1/08; Percocet
Remicade 1st infusion 7/24/08
Ultram ER 200mg; Prilosec 40mg; Xanax-ANXIETY; Cymbalta 60mg
Entocort 9mg
Ferrous Sulfate 325mg/daily for anemia
Azathioprine 150mg
Currently on a Low-residue diet as of 11/26

I'm so tired, when will this get better?

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   Posted 10/13/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   
lamb61 - Well, yes, I "outgrew" the care. They didn't really tell me that until I sought a 2nd opinion because I was not comfortable with their plan of action at the time. That led to exhausting Remicade and now to the clinical. Had I been with the GI I'm with now BEFORE, we may of caught this flare earlier and prevented a lot of things. As my old NP told me.. "We have too many cooks in the kitchen." I LOVE my old GI and my old NP! They still take care of me if I get admitted to the local hospital....so I haven't completely drifted from their care. They are just NOW having conferences on Humira at my old GI's practice...though on of his colleagues was very familiar with Tsaybri... yet, I'm going after the clinical based on how I responded to Remicade.

Anyway! Glad I'm not alone! ;)
Kaycie - Age: 26
Crohn's - Dx Nov 05
Failed Remicade, moving onto a Clinical Trial called ABT-874 - Tentative start date - 10/2/08 - 10/16/08  - Infusion, every 4 weeks.
IVF #1 (In-Vitro Fertilization) - Failed
IVF #2 - IVIg, Heparin, Baby Aspirin - TWIN GIRLS!!!
Reagan Dawn - 8/2/07 - Lived 1 hour 27 minutes due to Cloaca, NOT affiliated with my Crohn's
Addison Maria - 8/2/07 - 13 months old

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