The fact that the GI doesn't have time for you now is a good indication of how the GI will treat you in the future. Maybe it's time to look for someone else on your own.
A similar situation happened to me when I was in my second flare. (My first flare was so short-lived that I didn't even know I had Colitis and didn't see a doctor.)
I saw my PCP. He said my symptoms (blood, diarrhea, blood clots) sounded like Colitis. He referred me to a GI.
Bad mistake. After the initial consultation, they penciled me in for a colonoscopy when I was in no condition to get a conoscopy. Luckily, they did not take the type of coverage I had.
I then tried the clinic I usually go to. They couldn't get me an appointment with a GI for at least a month. It did not matter that by this time I was bedridden.
I then tried the emergency room. They gave me an IV for dehydration and sent me home. Although I was quite anemic, I wasn't anemic enough to be admitted.
I then gave my older daughter the Web site address for my insurance company and asked her to find a GI for me. (I was too sick to call around by then.) Using the insurance company's Web site plus bios and reviews on the Internet, she called around and found a GI for me that would see me right away. I then told my doctor that this was the GI I was going to see and asked him to faxed a referral to that GI.
It turns out I made the right decision. My GI always makes plenty of time for me. He prescribed medicine for me right away when I needed it. I've been told he is very good at giving colonoscopies and doing surgery if needed. My only complaint is that he doesn't know much about
alternative treatments, but then that's not where his training lies.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Lexapro (for stress)
Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: anything with high-fructose corn syrup, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
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