I'm firing my GI

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   Posted 7/11/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
So, after about 6 weeks of calling, 1 ER visit, and 1 visit to his office, I have decided to fire my doc.  I called leaving messages explaining I was having bleeding and pain, was told that he didn't have any openings coming up and that I would just have to go to the hospital.  So, I did, and I was glad to get some desperately needed relief. 
Well, I started having issues again this week, so I made a trip to his office.  Completely pointless.  He was on vacation for 2 weeks!  And his nurse told me there wasn't much they could do.  I wouldn't be able to get in to see  him until he got back... which was when my already-scheduled appointment was. Errr!  So, I went to a nearby urgent care, and they helped me a lot.  The doc arranged for me to see a new GI closer to where I live, and after consulting w/him, he already has a game plan for me!  At least I feel like someone will be there for me if I need them, I mean, that's what doctors are for, right??  Anyway, I guess I'm done venting. :)  Hope you all have better luck than I have had!
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 7/11/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Go you!

Never underestimate the power of having a descent doc behind ya. If nothing else, you deserve to feel that you have help available!

I hope everything works out for you.
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds (ah, those were the days, eh?)
Tried Humira. Failed. Tried Gluten Free. Leaning towards Failure there too.
Currently on:
Cimzia (started 2-12-09) Again, not helping much, if at all.
Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Forvia vitamins, and calcium chewies
Feeling a bit jaded lately, but trying to keep my chin up.

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   Posted 7/11/2009 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Smart move. I let my GI drag me by the nose for 2 years while I got worse and worse. He had too many patients and other responsibilities so I asked to be changed to someone else. I hit the jackpot and had the greatest most caring Gi I could imagine. She taught and encourage and tried to help even though my body wasn't very co-operative. She is worth her weight in gold to me. She moved and passed me to another very caring and understanding GI.

There are good, caring GI's out there. Just have to find them.

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   Posted 7/11/2009 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I fired my last GI doctor when she couldn't remember me or my history (or bother to read my chart) before my visits; allowed her clerical staff to answer my questions without consulting her (often with the wrong information); and didn't respond to many, many phone calls for help when my family physician discovered that I had a perianal abscess and fistula--except when I sent her a fax complaining about her inattention, at which point she called me to say, "Hey, don't worry about it. You have a great attitude! You'll be just fine."

I found a GI doctor who's been infinitely better. He did tests she'd never done, took me off Pentasa and put me on 6-MP, which turned out to be a great help. Don't ever put up with shoddy or inconsiderate medical treatment--ever!

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   Posted 7/11/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
WOW a game plan! Sounds like a great Dr.
I dont like my GI much either, but as she doesnt charge me to see her Im stuck with her for now. Good luck Britt.

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   Posted 7/11/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Awesome! I did that last year. So far haven't found a new one yet, my options around here just isn't very good. So I'm just seeing my great primary doctor for now. I'm so glad you found a better one!
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06, and Health Anxiety/OCD 12/08 Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL, and Lexapro.

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   Posted 7/12/2009 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I had to fire my last GI. He just thought because I had had a resection I shouldn't need anymore meds, or should I feel sick. He was the one who had me stop my Asacol after surgery, and I immediately got sick. Went back on the Asacol when I met my current GI and with his help I am doing much better. You usually have to wait in the lobby for him a bit, but thats okay because he spends as much time with you as you need. I am very happy with him. Good for you Britt for standing up for yourself.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*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 7/20/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I too had to fire a GI. Thank God I have an awesome one now!

I found the best question to ask when looking for a new GI is "how many patients does the dr see a day?" I now only go to Drs who see under 10 a day! Most docs do every 15 minutes but if you look hard you can find some that dedicate an hour or at least 30 minutes per patient.
33 year old Female
Diagnosed with CD 2006, had suffered long before 2006.
CD Meds: Remicade every 7 weeks & Imuran 50 mg,
Also have seasonal allergies, milk allergy, and asthma.

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 7/20/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I am in the UK and as such see my GI through the NHS. I didnt get a choice of who I saw. So all things considered I think I got lucky. She is a lovely Dr who takes an interest in me, is very knowlegable, and always has the time. I can even get to see her vis the secreatary at short notice, which is unheard of under the NHS. She always remembers me and my case history.

Diagnosed 2005.
Current medication  -  infliximab infusions, ranitidine, ferrous sulphate, Vitamin B12 injections, asacol

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