I agree with pb4, too. My GI knew NOTHING helpful about
Probiotics. "Sure, you can take them if you want." Ok...any suggestions as to what kind? "No...any will do." Ok.......
Also, when my ankles were swollen so bad I couldn't walk for 2 weeks, my GI had "no idea" why that would be happening. His nurse was worried about
it being from a blood clot so my GI told me to take Asprin for 3 days, saying it wouldn't bother my Crohn's. So I did some research and learned about
Crohn's Arthritis and mentioned it to my GI. He said, "Oh yeah, well the swelling ankles could be that." I requested to see a Rheumatologist who immediately diagnosed my swelling ankles as Crohn's Arthritis. Shouldn't my GI have known about
It's little things like that which make me wonder if I need a new GI. But doctors don't know it ALL. A new GI isn't going to know all about
Crohn's. Crohn's specialists don't know all about
it. With an illness like this, doctors help us with knowledge but we can't rely on them for EVERYTHING. We have to do our own research to learn about
our own bodies and our own illness.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32
(misdiagnosed with IBS in 2002)
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole, Ferrous Sulfate, Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: swelling ankles, extreme fatigue, mouth ulcers, joint pain
Previous/occasional Rx's: Prednisone, Flagyl, Levaquin, Xifaxan, Carafate
4/7/09: Gall bladder removal laproscopic surgery (gall stones)