Just because he has a medical degree...

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not creative
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   Posted 2/8/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
...Doesn't mean he didn't graduate at the bottom of his class.

So, when I went to the hospital for the painful lumps that turns out to be three abscesses, I also found out how not good the GI I've been seeing is. This just pisses me off- last time I saw him I pointed out one of the abscesses and told him that it was tender and he didn't even seem worried. He acted like it was something that was supposed to be there. I have been having massive drainage for about a year now and he basically told me I would have to just live with it because there's nothing that could be done. Turns out, I had three abscesses that were draining!! Now that they've been surgically drained, my rectal drainage is lessened and getting better everyday. I thought I was going to have to live with wearing a maxi pad every day for forever because he said there was nothing he could do.

The other thing that pisses me off, is the people at the hospital (who are going to be my new GIs) told me that the Lialda my old GI has been so insistent that I take for the last two years isn't even indicated for fistulizing Crohn's (which is what I have) and they thought it was odd he was making me take that because it's unlikely to be doing anything.

I;m just so mad that I've had to suffer for the past year with this mess because my doctor wasn't helping me.
Laurenne, 24 Graduate from University of California, Davis. BA-Anthropology
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002
On: Started LDN about a month ago, Zoloft, Lialda and Imodium

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   Posted 2/8/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
It makes complete sense if the friendly Lialda people were sending him to the carribean for medical 'conferences'.
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 25mg Methotrexate. 8mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.

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   Posted 2/8/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry that happened I had that moment on Friday with the endocrinologist...glad to know I am not the only one

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Post Edited (MMMNAVY) : 2/8/2009 1:47:46 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/8/2009 2:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel you, I have the same problem, dealing with my GI and convening him that I 'm in pain and not responding to any Med's Until I have got this Abscesses thing a week and a half which ended me hospitalize for over a week. He is not doing any thing at all. I 'm still waiting for the surgery final date and then I will fire him and find another GI. It seems we are not only dealin gwith Crohn's issues, we are deaing with GI's who don't know what they should do.

Good luck and hope things will get better.
Age: 28
Diagnosed with CD JAN, 08.
Meds: Prednisone(40mg), Pentasa (4mg), Hydrocodone, prilosec, Fish oil, Multivitamins untill(01/27)
Surgeries: Right now I'm at the Hospital (Hotel) waiting for my Abscesses to be drained then I will have a Laparoscopic Resection Surgery. I’m very excited.
New med's at the hospital: Flagyl (1500mg/Day), levaquin(500mg/Day),Hydrocortisone(300mg/Day) ,Lovenox(40mg/Day) for clotting, regular insulin, dilaudid as needed (1 mg/4 Hr's)
TPN with lipids at night.
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   Posted 2/8/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
(((Not creative))) sorry you had to suffer with a butthead doctor for so long. Hopefully these new GI's get you figured out and feeling better soon.

Gail *Nanners*
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 2/8/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL Rider Fan...my GI just recently tried to get me to start taking Lialda because he thought I'd like it better since it was just ONE pill/day as opposed to the 9/day I take of Colazal. But He never said Lialda was going to make me start feeling any better than the Colazal so when I found out my insurance doesn't cover Lialda, I called him to say I wasn't going to take this new drug. Then I got a picture of him playing golf in some tropical retreat. :)

I'm glad drug companies exist because I do, to an extent, believe in modern/western medicine, particularly with diseases like ours. But I have family members who are doctors/NP's and I've always been sickened over the years at how much free stuff (including trips, fancy dinners, etc) these companies give them JUST so they'll agree to give samples of their new drugs to unsuspecting patients.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32.
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole, Ferrous Sulfate, Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: mouth ulcers, joint pain, swelling ankles, extreme fatigue
Previous/occasional Rx's: 20mg Prednisone taper, Flagyl, Levaquin
No surgeries to date

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   Posted 2/8/2009 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry you had to experience this!! I can so relate. I have two scars from incisions that weren't needed and a messed up fistula that keeps abscessing -- all courtesy of a general surgeon who thought he knew something. And he does -- something about NOTHING!! The blessing is that I now know to question all decisions that have to do with my health and be careful to pick doctors who have experience in CD. I have learned that fistulizing CD is a real specialty. This is why I rant on this forum about only seeing doctors experienced in CD, espcially seeing colo-rectal surgeons with CD expereince. Now that I know a thing or two, I can better tell if a doctor has CD experience just by asking a few quesitons. Once in the ER the head ER doc asked "what is a seton?". That is a quote(!) No way that man was touching me!! So take heart, with this experience behind you it is unlikely to happen again!! It truly is that phrase "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" -- and gives you a real attitude!!

I am so happy to hear you are doing better!!! I'm praying you will have a smooth and swift recovery!

Oh, and report your experience with that incompetant doctor to his practice, to the medical board, and to whatever hospital/facility he has priviledges with (they usually have a patient advocate) so maybe he won't do the same thing to other innocent patients who come in needing help and put their health in his hands.
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.

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