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   Posted 7/16/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -7)   

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   Posted 7/16/2009 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
My hospital GI suggested I go to Mayo this week. I take that as him not knowing what to do with me.

Any experiences about Mayo, or any other clinic on this list anyone feels like sharing?

I know this topic has come up before, but this is a nice format with the top ten and everything.
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 7/16/2009 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to Mayo and loved it! I wish I lived closer. That place has IT together! There is no time wasted there. Very smart doctors and there is no run around. I would highly recommend that if you get a chance to go I would do so! Especially if you are getting the ok by your doctor. Alot of doctors sadly don't want to lose your money so they wont give you the ok to go which is required by some insurances.

Good luck! I had an appointment within 5 days of calling.

DX in 2007. Was on Asacol for almost 2 years and the Entocort for 6 months. That has now stopped working so currently on Prednisone while trying to get up the courage to take Remicade.

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   Posted 7/16/2009 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Am I reading this wrong or do 7 of the top 10 not even have a "passing" score? I guess that just tells us there aren't many great places for us to go.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 

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   Posted 7/17/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been going to the Cleveland Clinic for about two years now and I have nothing but good things to say. When my former gi ran out of options he referred me to them and I have never been better. The staff is friendly and I can get a appointment if needed within a day. A+ in my opinion.

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   Posted 7/17/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I think more useful survey would be the bottom 100 crappiest hospitals so we can avoid(even though I have a few nominees of my own).
SCD since 01, remission since 01, occasional random junk food breaks :)
No meds ever.

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   Posted 7/17/2009 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I am more than happy to vouch for the gastro department at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, from personal experience!!! And several other departments as well! Mayo is the EPITOME of efficiency, yet "bedside manner" is as important as well. The entire town is such a friendly, helpful town. My family and I have been going to Mayo, Rochester, for some 50 years despite it is a 12 hour drive for us. The town itself is losing some of its wonderful charm due to outsiders and chains buying up the local businesses but its still "the" place to go if you aren't getting any satisfaction w/your health care at home. I was Dx'd at Mayo, Rochester, in 1976, had my emergency resection there in 1978 and return there as needed. I was just there in October of 2008. If you have the option of going to Mayo, Rochester, GO!!!!
There is also a Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL and in Scottsdale, AZ. I've never been to either one so can't personally vouch for their gastro departments.

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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