Getting a new GI is like trying to get a Mortgage!!!!

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   Posted 10/24/2007 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
mad  So I have been seeing my GI for about 4 years now...And I only see him for my one year annual.
He is an older man in his late 60's to early 70's and although very nice we just dont vibe that well. He doesnt aske me the questions I feel he should be asking or gives me any long term  plans or solutions to deal with flare...He hasn't bothered to scope me at all. He wasnt concerned that I have had 3 flares in the past 4 months when I usually only have 1 to 2 a year.
So I researched my medical group and have found another GI that I would like to start seeing. I call my medical group/Ins co and aske what is the procedure to get an appointment with the new GI. I have called for 4 days straight. Today I finally got ahold of my primary care dr. And she is going to start working on the referral. I told them who I would like to see.
She says you will have to wait until December...I told her "Like HELL" I am having a flare that is lingering longer than usual and that is not a good sign. I need to be scoped and have test run and possible start the next tier of drugs. December is not acceptable. She says she will see what she can do and call me back mad mad mad
I just do not understand these doctor's. Here I am waking up in pain every day...getting to work an hour late because of this disease. I am doing my part by staying on top of my flare and monitoring what I eat. Resting and seeking medical attention Vs. Ignoring my sypmtoms.
And it Seems once again that the Health Care system is letting me down once again. I have had the worse experience with out health care system since I have had this disease.
Its hard to know whats worse the disease itself or not being able to get help when you need it.

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   Posted 10/24/2007 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
So The primary care physician called me...the first opening for the new Doc is JANUARY!!!
I called the GI department directly...They girl on the phone was at least some what sympathetic...she said the Dr I am trying to see is an absolute fantastic doctor and is very popular...She also let me know that my current dr is semi retired and only works 2 to 3 days a week!!! She said I can continue to see him until the new Dr. can see me. But get this even though I saw my current Dr. on the 3rd of this month...He knows Im flaring...his next available appointment is November 13th!!!! So I have to wait and suffer another 3 weeks while continuing to get worse...Just to go into the dr.s office wait 35 minutes in the lobby...40 minutes in the room...for a 15 minute check up with and a perscription of something new!!! With the likely hood that I will be worse and have lost 15 lbs by then....This is so laughable......completely laughable......

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 10/24/2007 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh I am so sorry, I feel your frustration! It is unbelievable what we have to go through with these doctors! They stress the importance on not flaring and when you do flare controlling it and minimizing it as much as possible so how in the heck would they like us to do that when they won't see us for a month???? Totally sucks! I, even though it would not be my first choice, have my colo-rectal surgeon on e-mail. She is pretty good with meds so when I need something I know I can e-mail her and she will tell me what she thinks within 1 day. The only thing that I didn't like was when I asked her what Fish Oil could do for me and she said absolutely nothing when yet my GI said I NEED to take it 3 times a day and all the research says Yes also. It made me a little weary but atleast it's an option for me. Maybe you can leave a message for the doctor and ask him to prescribe something such as a steroid to start controlling it. Hope you feel better soon!
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