Posted 8/3/2008 11:54 AM (GMT -6)
I'm from Seattle as well. Try calling the new dr's office and explain the symptoms to the new dr. They may be able to call in a prescription for Canasa to the local pharmacy for you for the next few days. For me, Canasa seems to work ok. I can't handle Rowasa (the enema) I just blow it out. But again, talk to the nurse at the GI and see what they can do.
I was in a bad way before I went to my GI for the first time (a different doc did the colonoscopy). I called the oncall dr because I was in bad shape. He called in some stuff for me. So it can be done around here.
When I change meds, I go into a world of hurt for a few days. It takes my body a while to adjust.
I work about 6 blocks from Virginia Mason. From what I understand, they do have an excellent GI department. For now, I go to Seattle Gastroenterology associates which are associated with Northwest Hospital (and Swedish hospital).
Oh yeah...one other thing. Pain pills give me severe constipation. Then I try harder to poop and I push more, a LOT more. So I end up bleeding more, have more irritation and urgency, etc. You might want to call in to see if they can prescribe xanax or something to help him sleep more. I found that if I sleep more, I don't poop as much. Granted, I'm not productive, but at least I'm not pooping every 10 minutes and the pain goes away a little more.