SOOO confused on how to get new Doctors!!

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   Posted 7/21/2009 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Whats going on guys. Im 20 now and need to stop going to these docs where 3 year old kids are running around. Im trying to find a primary care doc, a GI, and a pain mangemnt doc.
I called 1! GI today and some b!tch secteray said he is not accepting new paitents real rudely. ANyway how Do I do this. I had to post like this a while back but does healingwell not let you search? Maybe some1 can find it?
Should I just call my parents pcps get an appointment with them...then have them refer me to a GI or Pain doc. I would like my GI to be out of Penn Hospital in Philadelphia but I would also like them to be specialized in internal medcine.
So how DO I get the ball rolling, get out of this pain and finally get some freakin meds. My pedriatc GI doesnt do or give me nothing and its really getting annoying

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   Posted 7/21/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Im in the same kind of boat. We have been extremely disappointed with my dr.s. My husband says they only have to practice medicine, they dont have to do it. We called our insurance company to see which hospitals were covered by our insurance first, and we asked our doctors if they could recommend a teaching hospital for us to go to. I have 2 diseases with 2 specialists and they dont really communicate, or agree on anything. Thats how we went about it. Im curious to see feedback from others too. We didnt really know how to do this or if we did it right either. Good Luck...
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   Posted 7/21/2009 12:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I think personally it would be wisest to see your parents PCP and get the referral from them. I know with my insurance I have to start with the family doctor and go from there. Good luck!
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   Posted 7/21/2009 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I think the first step is to get a new primary. Right now your pediatrician is your primary. Ask him or her for a referral. (Ask for a list so you can choose). Then google, ask around, try to see who you would be a right fit with. Get an appointment with that doc and then ask for a referral to a GI and PM doctor. I also wouldn't mention the PM until after you are established w/ a primary. Many do not want to take on new pain patients b/c of fear of liability but they have a duty to treat their existing patients who need pain management.

I just moved so I am getting all new doctors in a month two. Good times.
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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