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   Posted 6/6/2009 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
My GI is out of this world he is the absolute  cream!! Im so lucky  Bev x
Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma
 No maintance drugs as such on B12 shots,iron syrup,loperimide, 20mg EScitalopram 4 anxiety.

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   Posted 6/6/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I think my GI does the best he knows how to. I know I frustrate him (because he tells me). He can't believe I still have symtoms even with my medication and my blood tests. I guess on a scale of 1-10 I would rate him a 6 because I do think he tries and cares.

36/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Imuran 50 mg daily,Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron and Vit. C 500mg daily

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   Posted 6/6/2009 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
A++++ He's the best. I call him my hero.
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 6/6/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
My GI is the greatest , He diagnosted me 15 years ago , and been learning with me as we go along. Always there when you need him, and his staff is great to. cmn
 diagnosed in 1994, resections in 1994,2004,2009. Got the best G.I. ever.

AB crohnie
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   Posted 6/6/2009 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't have the greatest faith in my GI. At one of my appointments right before my surgery, he ended up going completely off-topic and discussing a salmon recipe! I had to work hard to get him to discuss the surgery with me (banging on my diary and saying "that's nice but what about me"). I find that if I don't walk in with a list of questions and force him to concentrate on me, he will not take the time for my concerns.

My GP, on the other hand, is fantastic!!! He takes the time to make me comfortable with any decisions we make. He is very up to date and caring. So I end up going to him with problems and keeping my GI out of it if possible.
Diagnosed on my birthday in April. Happy birthday to me!!
Currently on Imuran and Pantoloc and various vitamins
Surgery in October for resection, feel great now
Tried Pentasa and Prednisone

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   Posted 6/6/2009 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
When I was newly diagnosed I got frustrated with him, but I sat him down and aired my concerns, and he really LISTENED! Ever since then, (about 2 1/2 years ago) he has been wonderful. He takes my symptoms seriously, and is great at answering questions. I would be much more anxious if I didn't have him as my doc, that's for sure!
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 6/7/2009 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I would rate mine as about an 8. He is good, spends quality time answering questions etc. But I knock him down a few not because of him, but my insurance is slow in getting some of the newer tests available out there, tests he would like to have done on me. But I do like him alot.
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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.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

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   Posted 6/7/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had two, the first one was a great person but not the best of docs he was always super nice. but sometimes he did not hear what I was saying.
Now I have a new one and we are just starting to work together but so far he is amazing.
24 year old female
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in December 2008..
Medication - Asacol, Remicade, Entocort, Cipralex and Cerazette.
My wonderful dogs :) ~ ~

Ne Ne
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 6/7/2009 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
My GI is OK I'd give him 8 1/2 . I have one pain and he don't want to say what it could be. And at times he looks at me like I'm making it up.

Dawn turn yeah
49 Female
Dx June 07 Crohn's take asacol 2x3 a day ,lotrel for HBP , omeprezole for stomach , potassium , calcium & Vit D , lomotil for lose stools , tramadol for pain , started humira in Feb 08 on 1 shot a week, vit-B 12 shots , crestor,off crestor,now pravastatin, pristiq, abilify,
Dx Bipolar May 08

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   Posted 6/7/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I would give my GI about a 7. I have only seen him a handful of times & several of them have been for less than 5 minutes after waiting 3 weeks to get in to see him and sitting in his waiting room for 1-1.5 hours. He does alright with his knowledge of this DD.
My internal medicine doctor (he handles all of my care) is a 12. He is very knowledgeable about this disease and has gone out of his way to try and help develop the proper treatments for me. I can call his office and tell them I am having a problem and will usually be seen the same day. He told me that I am one of about 6-8 patients that can do that. (Not sure if that is good or bad) Another reason that he is so well versed in this disease is that his son suffers from it. He has had his son to specialists all over the country, including the Mayo Clinic.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in July 2005. 2 Bowel Resections in 2008.
Currently taking Pentasa 1000 mg 4X/Day, 6MP 100 mg/day, multivitamin, Lopressor 100 mg/day (Blood Pressure), Remicade IV every 6 weeks, Omeprazole CR 40 mg/day, Percocet for pain, Lomotil, & Phenigren PRN

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   Posted 6/8/2009 4:56 AM (GMT -7)   
My first doctor that diagnosed me was a weinie, he said you got Crohns , live life. That was it no medication or treatments.
My GI now is Great, his only negative is that he never heard of LDN and won't let me try it.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Folic Acid, Multivitamin, Dbl. Calcium, Probiotics, Protonix, Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.

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   Posted 6/8/2009 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I have two GIs.  The one currently treating me I give about a 7 for attentiveness, a 10 for knowledge (that's why I'm seeing her) and a 6 for bedside manner.
My original GI I give a 10 for attentiveness an 8 for knowledge and a 10 for bedside manner.  See my dilemma.
I needed the knowledge more now but when things are all calm and wonderful I will go back to my original GI.
28 years with Crohns in the term ileum.  Feb 07 Resection.  No meds currently..but there will be some I'm sure. Taking acidophilus.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 6/8/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
My G.I. gets rating of 2. He is nice and good looking. He is a student and has to consult with the head doctor. The head doctor gets a rating of 0. He has never seen me as a patient, but tells the student doctor what to do(which is nothing). I'm still waiting for the answer if I have go through surgery(been waiting since October). The hospital gets a -0 because the G.I. doctors only operates on Tuesdays which results leaving the clinic 2 hours after closing and having appointments 5 months since the last one. 

Don't judge a book by its movie.
In the past I have taken Asacol, 6mp, Prednisone(3x),  Remicade, Flagyl, Cipro, Phenergan, Colazal(think there was others).                       
I am on Metoprolol 50 mg for high blood pressure and heart beating too fast. On Citalopram 40 mg for my anxiety and depression. Started taking fish oil capsule 1200 mg for my high cholesterol. On Calcium 600 mg+ D 400 i.u.  pills. On Remicade 1,045 mg 
Diagnosed at age 14 in 2001, first started sick getting at age 13, Sept 2000. I am now 22

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   Posted 6/9/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
My GI has Crohn's disease himself, so he understands.  He's good at what he does but my rheumy is my favorite dr. of all...she really seems to take the time to ask questions and see what is going on and what I think about where my treatment should go.   

Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 6/9/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
My current GI is alright.... I'd say a 7. He's basically an expert in the field, but he lacks some of the compassion and bedside manner needed to be a great doctor. I have to make sure and go in with a list of questions and make sure he answers them thoroughly. The problem is, he is WAY too busy. He is only in the office a couple days a week, the other days he's doing rounds at the hospital. So, needless to say, this makes it particularly difficult if I try to contact him. I may not hear from him at all! But I trust him, I know he's trying, he just has the type of personality that's led more the by the left brain. The doc I had before him was a navy doc, and he destroyed the bad reputation that most military doctors get. He was awesome! He gave me one-on-one care and made me feel that I was the only patient in the world. I was going through hospital stays, drains, and surgery, and he was there every step of the way. He even called me at home to check in with me! Who does that anymore?? Also, he extended my disability at that time even though it went against the grain. I miss him!
Currently taking: Humira 40mg/every other week, Zoloft 50 mg/day, vitamins and supplements
Have taken: Cyclosporine, Pentasa/Asacol, Aciphex, Imuran, Sulfasalizine, Cipro & Flagyl, Prednisone, various pain med's, Xanax
Surgeries: Appendectomy 2001, Ileocecotomy 2007

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   Posted 6/9/2009 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so diasppointed with my current GI it's not even funny. He is impossible to see, one of only two covered by my health care network and very very old. Doctors seem to be the only profession where people want to work until they die...and we have to suffer for it. I was very ill with abscesses and fistulas and he insisted I try Remicade again (despite past allergic rxn) because he didn't "trust" Cimzia because it's newer. It took him 2 months to get me started on the Cimzia once he finally decided to let me have it because he put the order in but forgot to execute it.
Recently, he carried my FMLA paperwork around with him for weeks without filling it out and previous to that, he lost it. I think it's time for him to retire... I'd love it if they would get another GI for me to see. I'm not sure what to do.

I guess I'd give him a 3...with my cat getting a close 2.5.

Laurenne, 24 Graduate from University of California, Davis. BA-Anthropology
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002
On: 6MP, 20mg Prednisone, Zoloft, Lialda and Imodium
Tried: LDN- Did nothing good, Remicade- allergic, Humira- no reaction

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   Posted 6/9/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
10, hands down. Having the hospital I go to is one reason I am afraid to move. I really like the staff in my GI's office in particular...
They always listen to my concerns, do the necessary paperwork to get things done, and he even wrote my father a letter to try and explain the need for support.
I really feel so fortunate to have them...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics prescribed by my GI.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 289
   Posted 6/9/2009 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
10 ,very caring and supportive:)
We have the same humor,which helps,also we have that doctor/nurse thing sometimes turn

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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 82
   Posted 6/9/2009 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI is not the nicest.  Last time I saw him he told me I gained too much weight while I was on prednisone (15 lbs) and asked me why I don't have a boyfriend at the age of 22.  I feel like I have a nagging grandma for a GI...
22 years old, Female.
Diagnosed with Crohn's Ileocolitis November 2008.
Currently taking Humira.

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 38
   Posted 6/9/2009 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   

I had to change my GI's this past year because my old GI wasn't listening to me and not trying to treat ALL of my symptoms.  (ironically I had to have surgery in between changing docs.  You don't know how much I wanted to go into my old docs office and say "SEE I TOLD YOU THERE WAS SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME!!!) devil

I changed to a new GI and he is absolutely amazing! tongue He is very personalable and very knowledgable at the same time.  He is always willing to explain things (more than once if necessary) I am sooooo glad that I changed.

27 years old- Crohn's 5 years - 2 Small Bowel Ressections/Appendectomy - Cimzia (NEW!?) - Omeprazole for stomach- prednisone - worried about future flares and surgeries - looking for support and advice

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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 192
   Posted 6/9/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I really like my GI. He really listens to me, takes his time explaining things (including throwing statistics and all sort of info at me that I like to evaluate my decisions), he seems like he knows what he is doing and he is a nice guy. Plus, he is very easy to get in touch with - he returns all of my calls and responds to my emails. Two thumbs up!
Dx with Crohn's Colitis; Meds: Pred and Imuran; female in late 20s.

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Date Joined Nov 2003
Total Posts : 66
   Posted 6/9/2009 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll have to say that my GI doc-Dr. Ted Bayless is phenomenal and one of the top in the country, literally!!!! He has written text books on IBD and med students use his materials in their classrooms. He's also the head director of the IBD center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. He also has over 50 years of experience. My first appointment with him lasted 2 hours-he wrote down my entire medical history. We talked for an hour and 45 minutes. I haven't gotten that kind of attention from any other doc. If you live in the Baltimore, DC, Delaware, southern PA, northern VA area, I highly recommended Dr. Bayless. I believe he is taking new patients...especially those needing a second opinion. Check out the link below.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams. . .
Diagnosed at age 26 with small bowel Crohn's disease; also have enteropathic arthritis, fibromyalgia/myofascial pain syndrome, gallstones and gallbladder removal, kidney stones,erythema nodosum, eye inflammation, hiatal hernia, GERD, lactose intolerant, migraines, Vitamin B-12 deficiency
Waiting on probable Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis from Johns Hopkins-abnormal MRI containing 9 lesions, experiencing headaches, blurred vision-possible Optic Neuritis, dizziness, numbness/tingling, vibration sensation while resting, muscle weakness, Vitamin D deficiency
Medications: Pentasa, Nexium, Salsalate, Lactose pill, Tramadol

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