Please help!!-Need to find Doctor in Cambridge MA

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JennKuc
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   Posted 1/8/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone!  I need some help.  My husband and I are planning a move to Cambridge MA, August 2008.  Can anyone give me a name of a good female gastrologist?  
Also, I am worried, about quiting my job, and then finding a new one with insurance to cover me.  Has anyone had this experience and had to deal with COBRA insurance? 
Thanks so much for your help!!
29 yr old female, Columbus Ohio
Diagnosed with UC at age 14.
Colazel, Remicade ever 8 weeks, folic acid, multi vitamin, calcium

Have been in remission ever since I started Remicade over 2 years ago.


Birunji
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   Posted 1/8/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi JennKuc! I'm in Boston (just across the river from Cambridge). My GI doc is a guy (Dr. Harry Anastopoulos), but I used to see a female GI fellows at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center who was really great. Her name is Paula Blanco. I'm not sure if your insurance would cover a fellow or not. My student insurance did, but my current insurance does not. I also had my first colonoscopy done by a female doc who seemed nice, also at Beth Israel. Her name was Catherine Cheney.

Unfortunately, I don't have any experience with COBRA. However, if you need insurance, there's always Starbucks. Or, working for a temp agency like Professional Staffing Group. I currently temp for them and was able to get insurance after 3 months, maybe less. Good insurance too.

I hope this helps!
Diagnosed with left-sided UC June 2007
Asacol 400 mg 9/day
Zoloft 75 mg
Iron, Multivitamin, & Probiotic Yogurt (when I remember)


JennKuc
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   Posted 1/8/2008 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your response Birunji! That's funny that you mentioned Starbucks because my husband and I were seriously considering doing that just for the insurance.  And thanks for the Dr. names... at least it's a start, and I can check into it.  Cambridge/Boston seems NOT to be a bathroom friendly city... do you agree?  I just worry about taking the T, and walking everywhere, and not being able to find a public restroom if needed.  Thanks again for the Dr. names! 
29 yr old female, Columbus Ohio
Diagnosed with UC at age 14.
Colazel, Remicade ever 8 weeks, folic acid, multi vitamin, calcium

Have been in remission ever since I started Remicade over 2 years ago.


Birunji
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   Posted 1/8/2008 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
No problem. :)

The only trick with Starbucks is to make sure they will schedule you for at least 20 hours a week. Honestly, if you have any clerical or technical skills, I would go for temping. It pays more and is (in my opinion) more interesting and fulfilling (and yes, I've worked at Starbucks).

Speaking of Starbucks, they are a good bet for public bathrooms. They don't seem to care if you're a customer or not, they're single stall, and they're everywhere. Also, Au Bon Pain, fast food places, and the mall are options. *Some* T stops have bathrooms, but they are pretty nasty (like worse than gas stations). It's basically the same game of learning which shops/restaurants have public bathrooms and which don't. Is it different in Columbus?
Diagnosed with left-sided UC June 2007
Asacol 400 mg 9/day
Zoloft 75 mg
Iron, Multivitamin, & Probiotic Yogurt (when I remember)


Old Hat
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   Posted 1/8/2008 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
There's an IBD gastro Sonia Friedman. You can read her details on WECAREINIBD.org Website. RE toilets in Boston--- check out the hotels' main floor access. If you're in Back Bay or near South Station, it's fairly easy to get to a clean facility. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

JennKuc
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   Posted 1/8/2008 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the responses! I'm sure will find a job since I have a degree and plenty of banking experience....there is always that fear of "what if" something will happen and I won't find a job, and we won't get insurance through school etc.
I guess the bathroom situation in Columbus is the same... I'm just use to the security of driving in my car, so if God forbid, I need to pull into a McDonalds, or someplace, I can. That control of being in my car comforts me I think. You're right, I'll just have to get use to scooping out a routine when I'm there and start work etc. Thanks for the tip on Sonia Friedman! My list is growing, and that makes me feel better about finding a doctor!
29 yr old female, Columbus Ohio
Diagnosed with UC at age 14.
Colazel, Remicade ever 8 weeks, folic acid, multi vitamin, calcium

Have been in remission ever since I started Remicade over 2 years ago.


Beth75
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   Posted 1/8/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
there is a chron's and colitis center in boston, you can google it and it will pop up. My friends Dad goes there and has Dr. Sands and recommends him highly. When I go for my second opinion, I will be going there.

hth!
Beth, 32
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ working on remission almost there
UC Diagnosed March 2000 (30 cenitmeters)
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) Diagnosed Sept 2007
Prednisone 60/40mg alt days 1xday, Simvastatin 20mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Potassium 600mg 2xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 1/8/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to say that Boston is a little more bathroom friendly than it appears at first glance. There are tons of "no public restroom signs" but anytime I needed to go I just walked in, politely asked, (making the this is an emergency face "is there any possible way I could use your restroom, I really can't wait...) and have always been let in. There are resturants EVERYWHERE. I still get nervous on the T too because I worry what if it gets stuck under ground. But I grew up in Mass and took it whenever I was in Boston and never had a problem. My husband has used the T stop bathrooms more than once too. The commuter rails from the suburbs have bathrooms on board. Also, lots of the big business buildings have bathrooms inside that are not locked. Just walk like you belong there and wander until you find one. If you don't, just ask. They will just assume you are a visitor coming from and interview or meeting.
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!
 
 


Liz&Kenny
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   Posted 1/8/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am also in Boston. Someone already mentioned Dr. Sands and I also see/saw him. He is part of the Mass General Hospital Crohn's and Colitis Center and that entire group is excellent. This may sound cheesy, but they are my favorite doctors and nurses and even phlebotomists ever! The NP there, Beth-Ann Norton, is AMAZING! The other nice thing is it is all under one roof: doctor visits, bloodwork, c-scope, Remicade, it's all done in their same office so you always get a familiar face. Very accessible by phone as well.

I had sugery in 2006 so I only go once a year for check-ups now. I almost miss them! Sorry if I sound crazed, but it was one of my very few positives to having UC.

I hope you enjoy Boston! I love it out here...
Liz

Kenny's my colon, he decided to get UC in July 2004.
RIP Kenny! JPouch Step 1: 6/19/06, Step 2: 8/25/06.


nhmas
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   Posted 1/9/2008 3:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I am in Southern NH.  I've recently switched to the Crohn's and Colitis Center at MGH in Boston, and it is well worth the trip. The doctor's call you back when you call in on the same day from my experience.  Their focus is on keeping you well and dealing with any issues you have because of this disease (nutrition, counseling as well as medical) instead of just treating each flare up.  I see Dr Korzenik and have seen Beth Ann in the past. 

JennKuc
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   Posted 1/9/2008 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the advice! i will definitely be looking into the colitis center...it sounds great! thanks also for the reassurance that the bathroom situation in cambridge, is not as scary as i was thinking!
29 yr old female, Columbus Ohio
Diagnosed with UC at age 14.
Colazel, Remicade ever 8 weeks, folic acid, multi vitamin, calcium

Have been in remission ever since I started Remicade over 2 years ago.

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