How hard/easy is it to get in to see your GI?

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glamourgirl
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   Posted 11/20/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I see a GI at the Univ. of Michigan and he is always booked out at least 2 months or longer.  I had an appt. to see him this Monday but I canceled it because I'm feeling pretty good and I'm not able to make the appt.  If I were feeling bad, I would've kept it but I see no point in going just for the heck of it to give him an update on my latest symptoms (his office visit is $300).  His next available appt. is the end of January at 7:45 am (um no! who wants to drive 40 minutes that early in the morning???) his next available appt. after that is March!  Whenever I'm really sick, he does seem to be able to fit me in, but not always.  The last I heard from his staff, he is only in clinic one morning a week.  I don't get how a doctor can only be available to see patients for a few hours a week. 
 
I've been wanting to switch doctors but I just haven't gotten around to it.  I guess now is the perfect time!!
 
I was just curious how easy/hard your GI is to get into.  I've been to other GI's that are only booked out for a few weeks, not a few months.  There have been times where my current GI is booked out for 4-6 months! CRAZY!
Female, Age 37
 
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03
Diagnosed with UC 2/03
_____________________________________________________________
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Entocort
Cortenema as needed
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus
Sacchromyces Boulardii 


Eva Lou
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   Posted 11/20/2008 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
When he wants to see me, I get in within a few dys. When I want to see him, I get an appt. within the next 2 months! However, when I have been extremely ill he does get me right in, either for an office visit or scopes done at the hospital. He is at the hospital at least 4 hours every day, then sees patients the rest of the time in his office. Which is about 10 minutes from the hospital. One time though, I had an appt. at 4:00pm, after his day doing scopes at the hospital- well of course he got tied up at the hospital, & I sat there waiting for about 45 minutes. Figures that was the one day I had to drag my daughter along! But he's usually pretty good- AND, a huge plus for me is that he ALWAYS returns calls that same day- he's called me at work, at home, you name it.
diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


Asia
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   Posted 11/20/2008 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, when I was undiagnosed it would take six months and I would suffer...by the time my appointment rolled around I'd feel little better. The secretary would complain about how busy it was--she wasn't very nice to me. Once I was diagnosed he was more eager to see me. I usually see him every three months but if I flare or start to get sick he'll fit me in asap. Now that I'm feeling good I'll probably see him in 6 months. I actually go in a couple weeks--I truly hate him though. I'm there for like literally five minutes--it's like, k, why not just consult over the phone and not waste my time?!!

Suffered for my whole life before being diagnosed.

Told to "Eat more fibre "



Currently on:

Salofalk
1500mg x 4/day
Entocort 6mg once a day Completely off as of 10/21/08. Took 2 years!
Imuran 150mg once a day


Sweetie31105
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   Posted 11/20/2008 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI always seems to work me in when I'm flaring. Eventhough he gets booked himself, he still works on getting me an appointment when needed. Last May when I was flaring, I emailed him and then got a response back immediately. He scheduled me an appointment for a sig the next day. Then when I wasn't getting any better the next week he got me in immediately again. He's good at getting appointments with me.
26 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007
Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)


Old Hat
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   Posted 11/20/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
It was easier to connect when my gastroenterologist was a practitioner with p.t. academic affiliation than it is now with a f.t. medical school professorship. With university positions they spend more time on research/writing & participation in forums & conferences all over the country-- so they have less available time to hold office hours if they are, in fact, still interested in seeing patients. Routine practice may become boring for them-- so that they may only want to consult on the most difficult cases. I try to stay as healthy as I can, hoping not to develop any emergency situation. C'est la vie when it comes to contemporary medical practice! / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

Red_34
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   Posted 11/21/2008 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI is hard to get in to see also, but if I have any issues I just need to call the nurse there who then conveys my problems to my dr. Sometimes my dr even calls me back but usually it's his nurse. Now if I am having major issues then I can get in rather quickly because they will double book me. I've had that happen on occasion but even while being double booked I was only in the waiting room no longer then 30 minutes.
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Red_34
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   Posted 11/21/2008 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh forgot to ask - you are in MI right? If so, is Farmington to long of a drive for you? If not, then I can always give you the information to my GI if you ever need to switch.
 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC
~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(9 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Bentyl, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa**~Year-round allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome-'04-Norvasc~Sacroiliitis-epidural injections~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~3 epidural injections-worked great!, OA
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glamourgirl
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 11/21/2008 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Sherry, is your doctor with Digestive Health Assoc? I'd love your doctor's info. just in case. Thanks!
Female, Age 37
 
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03
Diagnosed with UC 2/03
_____________________________________________________________
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Entocort
Cortenema as needed
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus
Sacchromyces Boulardii 


Gigi1227
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 11/21/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosised last August, my GI didn't even mention a follow up appointment and his nurse when I call is nice, but it's like there's no reason why I shouldn't have been better sooner. I asked when I needed to come back in and she said in 10 years unless I have any problems! Most of what I do is on my own - like the naturals I am taking, as well as, continuing w/ the canasa and asacol.

It's like when we're diagnosised they don't want to be bothered w/ us.

Gigi1227
Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
 
Canasa 2x a day
Asacol
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Psyllium
Fiber Wafer
Nictotine Patch
Fish Oil Pill
Multi Vitamin
B12
 
 


Red_34
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   Posted 11/21/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
No my GI is with South Oakland Gastroenterologist Associates. He has a couple offices but the one I go to is at the proffesional building at Botsford Hospital which is on Grand River in Farmington. His name is Dr. Steven Klein (248)471-8982. I've been with him now for 14 years. He's a sweet guy and takes his time with you - but sometimes he is rushed but he still makes you feel as if he has all the time in the world for you.
 @--->--SHERRY--<---@
Moderator for Allergies/Asthma and Co-moderator for UC
~Left sided Uc-'92-Colazal(9 daily),6mp(50-100mgs),Bentyl, Prilosec,Biotin,Forvia,Pro-Bio**Unable to tolerate Asacol, Rowasa or Canasa**~Year-round allergies-Singulair, Zyrtec~Secondary Reynauds Syndrome-'04-Norvasc~Sacroiliitis-epidural injections~bulging and herniated discs C5/C6 & C6/C7~3 epidural injections-worked great!, OA
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Peety
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   Posted 11/21/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
When I need an RX renewal or have a symptom, I talk to her nurse, she checks with the doc and calls me back about what she'll prescribe. If I wanted a routine check, it would probably be 6 weeks out or so. In probably 5 years I've only seen her when I've scheduled a colonoscopy (she had told me to try to have one every year or so but try to wait until I am feeling pretty good so it doesn't set me back).
It works for me. I assume she is busy with patients with urgent needs and ones that are hospitalized and would be there for me in that case.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, then Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.
 
 


glamourgirl
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 11/21/2008 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Sherry!!
Female, Age 37
 
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03
Diagnosed with UC 2/03
_____________________________________________________________
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Entocort
Cortenema as needed
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus
Sacchromyces Boulardii 


glamourgirl
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 11/21/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh, his office at Huron Valley is only 15 minutes from me. Thanks again!
Female, Age 37
 
Diagnosed w/c.diff 7/02 when pregnant w/1st and only child during 2nd trimester(wasn't on antibiotics)
C.diff flare within weeks of delivering baby 1/03
Diagnosed with UC 2/03
_____________________________________________________________
Current Meds:
75mg 6-MP
Entocort
Cortenema as needed
Ferrex Forte
Acidophillus
Sacchromyces Boulardii 


Christine1946
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   Posted 11/21/2008 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
     Since being diagnosed ten years ago, I usually see my GI doctor every three to six months.  If I get very sick he always sees me in between.  He has three associates working with him and two work hospital rounds while two are always in the office.  Only twice in the last ten years did I have to be seen by one of his associates and that was because I was flaring and my doctor was out of the office.
     He always returns my phone calls.  If I am ill over a weekend, either my GI or one of the associates gets back to me immediately.
     Another thing, which is wonderful, my doctor ALWAYS sees me on time at my appointment.  His explanation...he hates to be kept waiting and extends that courtesy to his patients.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


potty girl
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   Posted 11/21/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
normally it will take a couple of months unless really sick then he does a work in. my GI is only in the hospital where I see him 2 days a month, but he goes to 3 or 4 different hospitals. But I like him and it took me like 4 different GI before I found one I liked. But I have only had to see him like 3 times in the last 5 years. I just pretty much adjust my meds as needed and get call in scripts which is fine for me because I hate to set in the doctors office half the day.
Rona

synthroid .088 mg, lowpressor 50 mg x 2, cozaar 25mg x2, imdur 30 mg
nitroquick, proventol, plavix 75 mg, protonix 40 mg x 2, asacal 400mg x 9
carafate 1 gm x 4, zyrtec 10 mg, rhinocort aqua nose spray, fish oil,
potassium.


kops2da
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   Posted 11/22/2008 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   

Since May I have seen my doctor three times - two were for colonoscopies.  I see his Nurse Practicioner whom I like much better.  She will return my calls and has helped me to try different medications after consulting with the doctor.  She is young, patient with me and caring. Doctor works at three different hospital clinics.

ElaineNY


68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only 2 cm. left to heal in rectum - going to try Proctofoam first.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension,Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol
Close to remission -spoke too soon!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


basa0806
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   Posted 11/22/2008 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
REALLY hard! I see a peds GI and they are always booked up. It takes 2 months to get an appointment.
Sam
19 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

"If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
Maya Angelou


:)
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 182
   Posted 11/23/2008 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing that my GI has time for my phone calls every once in a while and usually can give me an appointment the week I call, usually within the next few days. Another thing, is that I hardly ever see anyone in the waiting room of the office he shares with another dr...... i feel like I'm 1 on his few patients...
Dx: Dec. 2006 with UC
F, 23, NYC
Thank G-d - Prednisone then 6MP, Rowasa and Asacol brought remission
Now Asacol 4tabs 2x a day.
Reduced to 2tabs 2x a day. Soon had a very mild flare. Upped to 6 tabs 2x a day. Rowasa enemas nightly. Soon replacing that with Cortifoam (generic). Dr. says it's like shooting a mouse with an elephant gun....
 
Muiltivitamin, Iron and Folic Acid supplements

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