Regular Family Dr or Internist?

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   Posted 12/16/2007 8:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a good GI, but my family Dr, hasnt a clue when it somes to Chrones...   I am wondering if I stay with her for the usual stuff (colds and boob jobs) (Kidding about the boob job) I wonder if an Internal Med Dr. would be better since my meds are constantly switching around...   I want somebody to kind of oversee this stuff, ya know?
28 Yrs
Newly diagnosed with Crohns

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   Posted 12/17/2007 12:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a great GI and a great FP who doesn't know anything about inflammatory bowel disease to save his own life, let alone mine...but the other day when I couldn't get ahold of my GI I called my FP because I was a total mess and he had me fasttracked through the ER right away, which was helpful. So the fact that your FP doesn't know a lot about Crohn's isn't necessarily a huge problem. Sounds like you've got a "team" and that's good. I have a team of three - GI, FP, endo - and they probably have each other on speed dial (okay, maybe not). But it's good to know they all communicate, because then we're all on the same page.
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   Posted 12/17/2007 3:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Curly, I have an internest doctor not a family doctor. Both My Gi and internal doctor talk to each other when they have to. I would recommend switching to an internal doctor instead of a family dr.
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 12/17/2007 5:06 AM (GMT -7)   
My Primary doctor was also my GI. After about 15 years, his practice just became much more focused on the regular internist stuff, so I sought out another GI. But he still holds his specialty in GI as well as his internal medicine. So, he understands all the GI stuff, he's just not up on all the latest and refers me out to the other guy. At this point I'm pretty stable and only need to see the GI for follow ups and I end up seeing the internist for all the colds, and assorted other crap. But the main thing is that you have doctors you trust and who you can communicate with. So if you are happy with your doctors, and you feel your needs are being met, then why switch?

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

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

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   Posted 12/17/2007 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I have 3 doctors I see on a quarterly basis (unless there is a problem, then I see them sooner).  I have my GI, my Rheumatologist and my family doctor who is a internal medicine doc.  All three have access to see what the other is doing and prescribing.  My internal med doc is able to help out some with the Crohns.  He is the one who prescribes my pain meds as the GI doesn't do those.

Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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