Lists don't mean JACK! I went to the "leading" GI doc in the southeast - he had conducted clinical trials for stem cell treatments for IDB, he was an active member of every Gastro organization you can think of (and held leadership positions with several of these), serves on the Board of Trustees for the GA Crohn's/Colitis Foundation, was a president of the Atlanta Gastro Club, was named the asst. professor of medicine for digestive diseases as well as the senior associate of medicine in digestive diseases at Emory University Hospital. The list goes on.... My experience with this guy was disturbing - I sat in his waiting room for a minimum of an hour PAST my appointment time every single time I saw him, and another 45 minutes after the nurse finally put me in an exam room. The first 4 appointments I spent trying to get him to listen to my concerns about
medication options - but all he was concerned with was a kidney stone I had and sending me to another doc for some other blood tests that had nothing to do with my GI problems. When he finally started addressing my Crohn's he had scheduled my 1st colonoscopy (with him), sent me home with the wonderful prep - which I suffered through only to get a call from him the next morning, an hour before the appointment, to tell me that he forgot to get a fecal sample which had to be tested before he could do the scope - so I went through the prep for nothing, and had to repeat it all again a week later. After the scope he ignored my request to return to a medicine combo that had been somewhat successful with my previous GI and talked me into starting Tysabri - which is one MEAN and DANGEROUS drug, and after 9 months of infusions and ZERO benefit I returned to his office to demand a change. I sat there, like normal, for 90 minutes past my appt time with a 103 fever (that his nurses knew about
) and finally just got up and walked out. The nurse chased me out and said I was next and I just told her I was sorry but it was waaaay too late for that. I made it to the ground floor when he personally called my cell phone and left an apology on my voicemail, and a week or so later sent me a personal apology in writing. I did respect him for that, but in the end this was my life and well-being that he was messing with - and likely messed up permenantly during the time he "treated" me.
Sorry for the rant - but the point I wanted to make is for everybody to choose their doctor very wisely. Don't be fooled by what's hanging on their walls, and if you have a bad feeling about him/her - for even a second - go see someone else, and someone else after that, until you find one that you're comfortable with. DO NOT wait 9 months like I did just because the doc has an impressive resume and he acts like everything he's saying is 100% correct. My lesson was learned a couple months after I left that doc. I ended up having to have my entire colon down taken out because of the irreparable damage that had been done to my intestines after he had switched my medication and refused to listen to my input. It was during one of my many trips to the ER due to massive stomach pain, when my intestine ruptured while I was puking (it was incredibly lucky that I was already in the ER when it happened). It was the middle of the night so they had to wake up a surgeon and anesthesiologist to come in and do the surgery. I think it was 4 hours that I had to lie there waiting with the ruptured colon, (which feels like a 10" chef's knife sticking straight through your stomach - and that's AFTER the morphine). You ever heard those people that everyone in the whole ER can hear screaming "bloody murder"? - that was me the entire 4 hours. I hurt so bad I didn't care what they were going to be taking out - I just begged them to put me OUT. I spent a week in intensive care, and another 9 days in the hospital. Now I have a permenant ostomy to live with. TRUST ME - FIND A GOOD DOC - NO MATTER HOW MANY YOU HAVE TO VISIT!!! Peopole usually don't buy the 1st house they see, choosing the right doctor is a much more important decision, don't settle with seeing just one. I know cost can be an issue - but is it worth it to save $1000 and possibly end up like me?
Post Edited (UC in Dallas) : 5/6/2011 9:00:06 AM (GMT-6)