Doctors do not work together in patients care

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   Posted 5/4/2009 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
My wife has crohns disease has anyone else found that their doctors do not interact to support in depressed side effects of the disease. If things are obvious I do not understand why doctors dont suggest patients to get assistance with their difficulties

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   Posted 5/4/2009 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, it always looks good if the patient is the one who asks about or asks for help w/depression. Any doctor worth his/her salt understands that chronic illness often causes some depression.

HIPAA has intimated some doctors/staff from consulting w/other doctors that patient is seeing. Since I have a good family doctor and want him in the loop on EVERYTHING, every procedure, test, etc. I have done that has been ordered by one of my specialists I inform or sign a ROI that the results be provided to my family doctor.
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   Posted 5/4/2009 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I can't speak to depression, but I've noticed that doctors do not interact with each other about anything outside of their specialty. My GI is a god, but my PCP is clueless. Maybe because I joined her practice after the Dx. I used to assume that they would all get lab reports and know what was going on, but they don't at all. I can't count on my GI for the specific CD things, but have to be my own advocate about everything else. I feel like I'm constantly reminding my other docs of CD my meds and the side effects.
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.

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   Posted 5/4/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
My GI's Nurse Practitioner knew about Crohn's Arthritis and easily explained to me why my ankles occasionally swell when I'm going into a flare. He even sited another patient of theirs who was diagnosed with Crohn's BASED on the fact he had swollen ankles! But my GI had no thoughts on why my ankles would be swelling during a flare and these 2 men work in the same office! Craziness.
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