Good GI doctor in Michigan (I live near Ann Arbor)

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Crohns & MS
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   Posted 6/1/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I just can't seem to find a good Gastro doctor.  I started out at Henry Ford in Detroit but my doctor kept trying to put me on Remicade (couldn't do that because of my MS).  I called his office one day to get a refill only to find out he was no longer there (I was never notified).  So I started seeing someone else in his office and he was no help.  He only treated me if I had issues - was not trying to help prevent anything.  I got pregnant and went off my Imuran only to find out later I didn't need to go off Imuran.  I believe that is why I am having my issues now - I was not being treated for almost 2 years.  Now I go to University of Michigan but I don't feel my doctor fully understands my issues espcially because of having MS too. 
I think I was just so spoiled with an awesome Neurologist for my MS that I am looking for that kind of Gastro doctor.
Looking for a Gastro in Michigan.
Thank you,

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   Posted 6/1/2009 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Katie, I can't help you w/a good gastro doc, but did want to say hi. I'm in MI too, up near Saginaw, but I go down to U of M every three months for another issue. We should meet for lunch sometime. I'm usually at U of M from 1 to 3 PM when I go down.

I so know what you mean about being "spoiled" when you finally run across that "great" doctor - and then all others are such a disappointment. *sigh*
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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   Posted 6/1/2009 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Can your neurologist recommend someone? I went to U of M for a second opinion when I was really sick and wasn't at all happy... I was having severe diarrhea for over a month, and the doc (Zimmermann) only tested my stool for C. difficile, but put me through a second CT abdominal scan, when I just had one a couple of months before. It turned out I had salmonella. My local doc didn't think of testing for it at first either. It took me six weeks of misery before I was diagnosed for something that can be found with a simple stool test! I noticed that there are a lot of GI docs in Ann Arbor. You can check with Crohn's foundation. Maybe someone not directly working in the hospital, but in the community would be better. My son attends U of M. Go Blue! Good luck and let me know how it works out!
50 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 4 500mg pills per day, Metamucil and colace for constipation

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   Posted 6/1/2009 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Katie
I have had great results with Dr. Gunaratnum at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.  It's been a few years since I have had to see him but he was the only Dr. of seven that had seen me to accurately diagnose pancreatitus for me.  Just thought I would give my two cents.  Good luck.

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   Posted 6/1/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Katie. I'm also from Michigan. I've heard really good things about Dr. Ann Silverman, a Henry Ford doctor. Her office is in Novi. I also know of Dr. Manny Krasman, a gastroenterologist at St. Joe's in Ann Arbor. I think he has two sons with Crohn's, so he has a professional and personal interest in treating CD. I hope you find an awesome GI.
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Ileocolectomy 4/08. Back on Pentasa as maintenance.

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   Posted 6/2/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I am in Grand Rapids and my daughter has Crohns. She sees Dr. Conrad but that is at the Devos Childrens Hospital of Spectrum hospital. Sorry I can't help either.
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