I have been sent to Cedar Sinai IBD....any thoughts?

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 10/5/2008 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
After my last flare(that was to die for).  My doc has now sent me to CS IBD center.  Is there anyone who goes there?  Or is there anything I should ask about?  I have already faxed my files to them and getting more before I go in.  Oh ya, the appointment is with Dr. S. Targan.

Terri, 49 year old female
Diagnoised Uclerative Colitis, Dec, 2006 and Pan-Colitis June, 2008
Allergic to 5-ASA's, Prednisone for the time but, tapering off
no other med regimen yet.........
Still new to this condition with a positive outlook........

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 10/5/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   

Dr. Targan is one of the country's leading GIs who's specialty is IBD.  You should be in very good hands.  I was referred to him 7 years ago but I opted for surgery rather than pursuing medical treatment.


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 163
   Posted 10/5/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I HEART Dr. Targan.

I will spare you my saga, you can check my signature for a brief summary.

While my final outcome is going to be a surgery, know that every recommendation for meds that Dr. Targan had for me was spot on, at least for a while. :)

The first time I consulted with him, his Fellow saw me first for history gathering, then I saw Dr. Targan briefly for his recommendations. The first visit had a kind of a "Wizard of Oz" feeling b/c my interaction with him was so brief. But he is a genius, so no complaints. Because I am a tricky case, he agreed to see me regularly, and while he is not my day-in-and-day-out treating GI, they work in tandem, with Dr. Targan making treatment recommendations and my regular GI following up with those recs. In my follow-up visits, I have had the opportunity to have one-on-one consultations with him, and have found him to be not only knowledgable and on top of all the upcoming studies and meds, but also a very caring physician with a nice sense of humor.

My upcoming surgery is being done by Dr. Fleshner, who is the surgeon who works with the IBD center, and who I've heard raves about from all over the LA area. Dr. Targan will be checking on me post-surgery as well. Dr. Targan's nurse practitioner is a gem, and has been a wonderful resource for me.

Warning, the IBD Center is discreetly located in the same building as Thalians Mental Health Center, which is how the building is labeled. Kind of a cruel joke for those of us with poopy problems, my husband and I think, LOL.

Hope you get some relief -- you are in good hands!
Dx Mild Proctitis 7/06 at age 33, Dx Severe Pan Colitis 5/07, Dx Crohn's Colitis 10/07
Failed Asacol, Lialda, 6-MP, Canasa, Rowasa, Entocort, and Remicade, weekly Humira
Late 7/08, down to 5 mg pred, and big flare, Humira failed
2 week hospitalization in 8/08
Now on Pred 25 mg, cyclosporine, percocet, xanax
Surgery scheduled 10/10/08 to get rid of this colon

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