2nd try: GI resources in Salt Lake City area? Or Oregon?

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botanist
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   Posted 9/3/2008 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I spoke with the young woman a while back who leads the CCFA support group nearby (Ogden, UT), and apparently there's less of an established UC/CD "community" here as opposed to other, larger cities. I'm trying to find advice on a good GI doc for my 68-y/o, recently diagnosed and soon to be unhospitalized mother. Any leads would be appreciated. Mom may be moving soon to the Willamette Valley of Oregon (near Portland/Corvallis) to recuperate for a while, so resources there would also be appreciated.

She's seen a couple GI docs in SLC and they seem to agree that her medical treatment is the best available (they have emphasized surgery as her best option), so maybe we have to accept that. Like everyone we'd love to happen upon a magical cure, though a truly different "second" opinion would be nice too. The recent threads about spinach and sleep have provided good food for thought.

Thanks as always, Mike
Mom's diagnosis: severe UC, revealed by partial colonoscopy, May 2008 - and 2 subsequent partial (due to inflammation) c'scopies; hospitalization July-August 2008; occasional C. diff/pseudomembranous colitis (currently treated with Vancomycin).

Current meds: Remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, Lactobacillus, Prilosec, alprazalom, SSRIs, Aricept; former meds include prednisone and Lialda (with no success).


beartooth
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   Posted 9/4/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure about the SLC area, but I'm originally from OR, lived in and around Portland for years, then lived in the Corvalis/Albany area where I was dxed with UC in '06. It's been a little while, so names are a bit foggy for me, but the place I went to in Corvalis was the Corvalis GI Clinic located by the hospital at the north end of town (can't remember the hospital name). They got me in pretty quickly, and once seen, they got me in for a c-scope almost immediately. At the time I had a bad c diff infection that was resitant to Flagyll, but was eventually knocked out by Vanco.  I would have stayed with the Cor GI Clinic, except that I moved right after the dx and my cdiff was gone. The staff were helpful, and the docs were all open to alternatives (like probiotics and supplements) and not hell bent on pumping me full of prescription drugs, although that is what eventually happened. Was this the kind of info you were looking for?


Brandon
 
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06, had symptoms for years prior to dx - currently flaring
Taking Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda

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botanist
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   Posted 9/4/2008 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Brandon! Very helpful. Mom has already explored much of SLC for GI help, so Corvallis (my sister lives in Albany) will be a new area to explore, and the place you mention sounds like a great start. Like you, Mom is very focused on other than prescription drugs when available. I'll pass your info along.

Thanks again- Mike
Mom's diagnosis: severe UC, revealed by partial colonoscopy, May 2008 - and 2 subsequent partial (due to inflammation) c'scopies; hospitalization July-August 2008; occasional C. diff/pseudomembranous colitis (currently treated with Vancomycin).

Current meds: Remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, Lactobacillus, Prilosec, folic acid & vit. B12, alprazalom, SSRIs, Aricept; former meds include prednisone and Lialda (with no success).


gaff
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   Posted 9/5/2008 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I go to West Hills Gastroenterology who just merged with The Oregon Clinic. They are located at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland
I see Dr. Michael Owens. 503-297-8081.

Good Luck!
gaff
left-sided UC since 11/05
 Rowasa, Colazal, Calcium, Centrum
Natren Healthy Trinity Probiotics


botanist
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   Posted 9/5/2008 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Gaff.
Mom's diagnosis: severe UC, revealed by partial colonoscopy, May 2008 - and 2 subsequent partial (due to inflammation) c'scopies; hospitalization July-August 2008; occasional C. diff/pseudomembranous colitis (currently treated with Vancomycin).

Current meds: Remicade, methotrexate, cholestyramine, Lactobacillus, Prilosec, folic acid & vit. B12, alprazalom, SSRIs, Aricept; former meds include prednisone and Lialda (with no success).

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