IBD Specialist or regular GI

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   Posted 2/13/2018 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
How many of you see an IBD specialist versus a regular GI? I keep hearing people discuss specialists when it comes to crohns so i thought I'd pose the question now since I may have to switch doctors because of insurance issues. My current doctor is a regular GI and so far I've felt pretty confident in the care. Though I don't know if he sees a lot of IBD patients, i do know that I'm significantly better since switching from the last doctor several years ago. I'm about 85% happy with my health right now, only problem is my joints are acting up like crazy and that really takes the edge off my day.

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   Posted 2/13/2018 5:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I see a regular gi who has a lot of IBD patients. He was my 5th one & I have been very happy with him. I often have long waits in the office, however, he spends time with me when its my turn, so its worth it to me.
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   Posted 2/13/2018 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I live in a really small town, so I don't have the option of an IBD specialist so I see a regular GI. He is a super nice guy, but I did go and get a second opinion at a major medical center from an IBD specialist prior to my re-section when I was having bowel obstructions.

If I had a choice I would pick an IBD specialist, but the individual doctor and his/her personality, knowledge base and office management makes a huge difference. I have a lot of difficulty with the receptionist at my GI's office, but I've gotten good at getting around her smile Good luck with finding a good doc!
59 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Dx. with c.difficile 1/12, 10/14, 11/15, 1/16. Fecal transplant on 2/24/16, and so far, no more c.diff!

5/20/14: Ileo-colic resection surgery after stricturing and partial bowel obstruction.
Not currently on any Crohn's meds and in remission, but struggling with bad IBS.
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