Brutal Scope/Crude doctor!

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   Posted 8/21/2007 3:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Almost two weeks ago I had and endoscopy (first time)and colonoscopy (fourth time).  I have never, never experienced such pain from the scope before.  I have always been awake and viewed the process.  Not this time.  To say the least, it was brutal.  My Crohn's has expanded to my entire colonic region, with severe CD in my descending colon.  My GI said there was severe inflammation and constriction.  He took eight biopsies.  I was writhing in pain the entire time!  Afterward, I was suffering from gas trapped in my colon.  When I asked the doctor for something to help me release the gas because the pain was intolerable, I could not believe my ears when I heard his crude response.  "All you need to do is fart."  This is a direct quote!  Can you believe that?  How medically irresponsible of him to make such a flippant/dismissive comment, given the fact that HE was the one telling me how much inflammation, mucus and blood (from the biopsies) was in my system.  He of all people should know that blood and mucus will block the passage of gas in a constricted colon.  I suffered for five days in pain.  Eventually, I began vomitting, which gave me relief. He is one of the nations foremost GIs, and I truly feel he knows his business...but I feel he was way out of line with this comment.  I'm not sure how I'm going to handle this situation, but thanks for letting me vent! 

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   Posted 8/21/2007 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   

At least write him a letter.


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   Posted 8/21/2007 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
that is too bad... I agree a letter would be a good idea. I am so fortunate I was not in pain during my scope. I hate it when I see others have been. As many scopes we might have to have over our lives they should at least not be painful!!


Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & ENTOCORT

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Cyclobenzaprine (generic of Flexeril)

Also taking Multivitamins, B Vitamis, Biotin, and Extra Folic Acid. (might add more when I do more research)

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   Posted 8/21/2007 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
That was very unprofessional and extremely rude. I can't tolerate paying someone to be rude to me. 'Makes me mad thinking about it!!!!
48 yr. old. Ileocolitis.  CD since early teens, misdx'd until age 36.  Hemicolectomy-left side in 2001.  Disease returned in 2003. Arthritis, episcleritis, chronic pain due to surgeries (nerve damage, adhesions) and disease.  Recently dx'd scoliosis.  History of endometriosis.

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   Posted 8/21/2007 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel soooooo bad. Was this Baidoo? Feel free to email me if you want to.


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   Posted 8/21/2007 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Shuggy Sorry things went harder for you.What are they going to do about your CD being so bad? Hope your feeling better now lol gail

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   Posted 8/21/2007 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Many docs that don't have IBD themselves have no idea how to sympathize with their patients, he might not have even intended to be rude, maybe he thought he was being funny, problem is they don't get the fact that those with IBD might suffer a little more with gas and other pains then the average bear.

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   Posted 8/21/2007 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
What a pig.
I think a big complaint is in order. I would write a letter too. If you see him again I would tell him straight out. Mine was similar except I woke up in pain like you from trapped air and I was fortunate to have great nurses who got me meds pretty quickly. It was not something I would like to re-live. I had side pain for almost a week after too. Hope you feel a bit better now.
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   Posted 8/22/2007 12:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I think his remark was totally unprofessional and worse uncaring, which for a doctor is not acceptable. I would write him a letter at least. He of all people should have been more understanding of your pain....he'd just finished looking at all that inflamation, adhesions and disease.
My first scope was also brutal....I can so empathize with you.
Take least it's over . What are they going to do about your flare?Hope you are feeling bettter soon. Mary
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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   Posted 8/22/2007 2:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I think its time to fire your doctor.and to find one that is more caring and whom is understanding.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital
in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.
 My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
My Internest doctor has me on Lisnopril-HTCZ and Folic Acid. Diagnosed
with Osteoarthritis July 2007

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   Posted 8/22/2007 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
That's awful. I'm sorry. I agree you should write him and tell him how that made you feel. I can't imagine. BTW, when my colonoscopy was finally done (also very paintful) my doctor somehow released the gas for me. I wanted to kiss him yeah
36 year old mother of a fabulous toddler.
Diagnosed with Crohn's July 2007. I believe it's in the right side of my colon.
Currently taking Entocort 6 mg/day (tapering down), Asacol, Protonix 40mg/day.

On Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) since late July and seeing improvement in "output" quality and hopefully therefore absorption. Taking SCD legal supplements: B vitamins, Folonic Acid 800mg, EnZym Complete DPP IV Aid by Kirkman, and Saccaromyces Boulardii (a probiotic yeast).

Gastritis is back - constant, gnawing hunger. Yech.

Debra Ann
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   Posted 8/22/2007 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with the above posts, he was very unprofessional and I would write him a letter and let him know how you feel. There is no reason for you to have had all that pain and then for him to answer you so crudely and rude.

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   Posted 8/22/2007 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
You should also go to one of those Rate your doctor sites and describe your experiences.
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