Is there are good GI doctor in the house?

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   Posted 11/26/2007 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to check out a new GI doctor today, or rather I interviewed one to see if he would be a good fit.  I was hoping he'd be open to my case about the connection between diet and crohn's.  The man had absolutely no insight!  He listened to my chest and poked around my stomach.  I was so frustrated!  I'm trying to change doctors so I can have one closer to me, but it looks like I'll stick with my old one, even though she's 40 minutes away. 
Any of you get frustrated when talking to your GI?  I don't understand why they don't recognize the connection between diet and the disease or at least have some interest in hearing about it.  My disease got 90% better because I cut out dairy. I know that every case is unique but he literally told me that almost none of his patients have trouble with dairy, which makes me suspicious.  I really would like to see a napropath.  Anyone know a good one in the western suburbs of Chicago?  Suggestions, please! 

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   Posted 11/27/2007 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi KarenB! Yes, I get extremely frustrated when talking w/my son's GI. The very first thing they told him after his colonoscopy and subsequent diagnosis was "no dietary restrictions or recommendations." Since he is the first in the family with CD, I had no idea whether this was true or not. Thankfully, through this forum and other resources, we have educated ourselves and have made significant dietary adjustments which seem to be doing the trick.

We recently omitted all dairy from his diet as you have, but have also had great success with supplements listed below and The Maker's Diet. We have made so many changes it's hard to say what is really helping, but his recent blood work was excellent.

I think you're on the right track making dietary adjustments and in looking for a naturopath or homeopath...just my opinion. Try searching for one on the internet for your suburb and suburbs near you. I recently located one who is an MD as well, so he can prescribe meds if necessary. We may be switching over completely to him in the near future. Surely you can find someone like this in the Chicago area.

Good luck to you!!!

Grateful for everyone's help here!

Mother to 15 year old boy just diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, and a good multivitamin.

Started The Maker's Diet in early September.

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   Posted 11/27/2007 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
From what I have read many Crohn's patients have lactose intolerance and the ones who do not, may have lactose intolerance when they are in a flare, and are ok in remission.  I am not currently living in Chicago, but sometimes I wish I was, as there is a mecca of medical specialists.  If you like your doctor that is 40 minutes away, then I think it is worth it to stick with him/her, rather than to have a doctor you don't like!  Although it is a long drive, it may be worth a consultation at Dr. Hanauer's group at University of Chicago....they are considered the Crohn's experts in the Midwest. Or contact the Crohn's association and they can refer you to a doctor closer to home.  Trust yourself with what helps and doesn't help in your diet.  I've read so many conflicting things, but I think individual trial and error works the best for me.  Good Luck!

48 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's Sept-Oct. 2007

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