Looking for a new doctor

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Rockabilly Chicadee
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 7/18/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
After poking around these forums and reading a bunch of really helpful stuff...and realizing my doctor never told me HALF of it... I've decided I need a new doctor.  Like, I said to my doctor "I have a first cousin with Chrone's Disease, could we please check that?" and my doctor did a single blood test and determined I was fine AND basically told me to knock it off and stop looking things up online.  *grumble*
I'm scared that I'm going to wind up with another doctor who doesn't beleive me about my pain, or that tells me it's in my head.  NOTHING is more frustrating that having a doctor look you in the eyes and say "There's nothing wrong with you" when you know that YES THERE IS - ya know?
I'm looking for a doctor (both general medicine and a gastroenterologist) anywhere around the Princeton, NJ to Philadelphia region.  I'm in South NJ, but I've got a PPO and I'm willing to travel a little bit.  Problem is I don't even know how to begin looking.  Last time I just flipped through the phone book, basically, and I don't feel like that was the best way to go.  Obviously I don't want to ask my current family doctor because I genuinely think they're blowing me off as some kind of hypocondriac.
Does anyone have any helpful suggestions for how to find a new doc?  Or is there maybe someone in this area who already HAS an awesome doctor that they can recommend?
Also, and somewhat unrelated...
This place is AWESOME and I'm SO glad I found it!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you to the people who put it together and thank you to the people who post such helpful information!!  I feel so relieved knowing that there's a place I can go to talk to people who understand and get helpful, real information from people who KNOW what I'm going through.


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Date Joined May 2005
Total Posts : 511
   Posted 7/19/2008 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mae and Welcome to Healing Well!! Glad you found us and I do agree, this place is awesome!!! I don't live in your state so I'm not any
help in helping you find a good GI doctor. One thing I did though when I was trying to find another doctor for a second opinion, I went on
line and looked up the GI doctors that are out of the nearby hospitals. Their schooling and doctor interests were posted so I could
see if they were a GI doctor who specialized in CD, IBS, etc... If they did then I called to see if they were taking new patients and
could get me in. The first one I called got me in within a week and I went. I figured if I didn't like what he had to say or like
him in general I would try again. He ended up being super nice and explained this disease to me more so I understood better.
He also spoke highly of my current GI doctor and told me I was with the best doctor I could be with in my area. So that also
made me feel better. The reissurance that my current doctor was doing the right thing really helped me!!
I hope you can find someone who you trust and will listen to you.
Living with Crohn's Disease since Jan./2000 but had a few years prior
I'm a true Crohnie with IBS too
Meds I have tried:  Too many to list- LOL
Meds currently on:  Prednisone 20mg tapering  Back up to 30mg  :-(
                           Methotrexate injections once a week 25mg
                           Folic Acid 5mg once a week
No Surgeries

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