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   Posted 3/19/2010 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
has anyone switched to another GI? and if so, did you have to go through all the tests again to reconfirm the diagnosis?

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   Posted 3/19/2010 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I have gone through a couple of GI's. I didn't have to re-do tests. I have had to do different tests because I saw some as consults. But when I switched to a new GI as my regular GI he didn't need to reconfirm my diagnosis, but I have had 3 resections and had a diagnosis for close to 20 years at that time.

Are you looking to get a confirmation of your diagnosis or consultation? Was your disease diagnosed with biopsy or how? Is there any ambiguity in your diagnosis that would lead you to believe that a new doctor would need to do new testing? Are you just looking for someone who better fits your game plan as a doctor?

My previous doctor and I were on vastly different game plans, so I switched to someone who saw things in a similar way, but there was never a question as to whether I have CD or not.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 3/19/2010 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I switched when my original doctor left for another hospital. As long as you get your records moved to the new doctor, you shouldn't need to have things re-done.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.
Resection December 2009

Amor fati - Nietzsche

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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 3/20/2010 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I've switched GIs a few times (and am about to switch again), and had to go through all the rigorous testing again. The GI that originally gave me the diagnosis and the one I'm seeing now (and am in the process of leaving) were part of the same medical clinic in the same building, same files, but he still insisted on holding my second and third Remicade infusions ransom unless I had the full range of scopes again. I'm figuring he has a car payment due . . .

What is your doctor's reasoning behind wanting to do more testing?
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2008 at the age of 22.
Currently on: Remicade, Imuran, Pentasa, Zofran, Tramadol, Welchol, Phenergan, Ambien, Metoclopramide, Omeprazole, Hyoscyamine

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