Grrr, the fact that "we're not qualified to discuss it with them" is absolutely rediculous. If they feel we don't know about what's going on, they should educate their patients more. Luckily I work in the medical field, so my GI talks to me almost as an equal, and because I do understand things more in medical terms, that's how she presents things to me. My surgeon also does the same. Sorry to all of you who don't get the explanations you deserve...it must be so frustrating...but on your behalf I'm irritated!
Regardless of your education about your disease, etc., if you ask a doctor a question...it is THEIR JOB to answer the question. Too bad not all doctors do all aspects of their expected jobs. I worked for a hospital that advocated patient education, and because of that, I think all patients should be educated. The more you know and understand, the more accidents and mistakes can be avoided.
31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12, Coumadin