You ever get tired of seeing doctors???

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Red_34
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   Posted 2/22/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
This is only a mild rant!  turn   But it seems lately that all I do is spend time at the doctors office(s).  And I need to get in to see my primary yet again.  I had an ingrown toenail removed last June.  It has now grown back and it's starting to hurt again - so I have to get in there for her to cauterize it so it won't grow back in that portion again (can we say ouch?!).  But the thing is, is that I was just in there to see her to get the ball rolling for more epidural injections in my neck. And before that I was in the ER for nerve pain.  Then before THAT I was in to see my GI to have my 2 year scope in a month.  Doctors, doctors, doctors!  Did I mention that I'm getting sick of seeing the doctors???  smhair   
 
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   Posted 2/22/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Man - I can so relate!  I've had this sinus thing going on for the past week and I refused to go see a doctor.  Didn't want to sit in the docs office...again - and didn't want to be told that I have to pop even more pills!  :)

Rant away Red!


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RobinByrd
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   Posted 2/22/2009 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I completely understand! Since I've nixed UC my doctor appointments and medication costs have been greatly decreased so I got to cut my flexible spending amount in half!!! : )

Between my own needs and the needs of my loved ones I have spent so much time at doctor appointments and hospitals IT'S CRAZY!!! We're hoping that 2009 is much quieter!
: )  Robin
 
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basa0806
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   Posted 2/22/2009 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep! For a 20 year old I have too many doctors (GI, primary, eye, dentist, girl etc)!!! Rant away Red! With UC comes sooo many other problems :(
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Peety
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   Posted 2/22/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I try to get by without seeing the doctor. So when I do show up, my doctor knows I will probably have three or four things I've saved up to discuss! My husband's family run to the doctor for every little thing, I just wasn't raised that way. I mean, what difference does it make if you know for sure whether your finger is actually broken or not, there's nothing to be done about it anyway! :)

For years hubby was incredulous that I would be doing really bad but didn't bother to go back to the GI, because for so many years there was really nothing more that could be done besides prednisone or surgery. It was very frustrating for him but true. There are more options now, I guess I may eventually have to go in and check them out.
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 wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), trying Curamin. Doing OK, but still have some bad days. 


Red_34
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   Posted 2/22/2009 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Peety, I'm the same way. I wait until I have more then one thing wrong with me before I make an appointment. When I call and set the appointment I usually have to tell them all that I am coming in for so they can allot a certain time amount for me. My primary knows this and has chastised me a couple times for letting something go on for so long. I just tell her, no offense, but I'm tired of seeing you! lol
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Red_34
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   Posted 2/22/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh and btw, I think I now have another very good reason to go in and see her. I was feeding my dog earlier, I put her food dish down and banged my knee a good one on the sliding door frame. My knee is now burning, throbbing, swollen and it feels like there is fluid under my kneecap. I'm hoping the swelling will go down after a good nights rest but if not, it's not like I don't have to go in see my primary for anything anyway *rolls eyes* lol
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JM21204
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   Posted 2/22/2009 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Definitely. I'm just very fortunate that all of my doctors are within 3 miles of my house. My GI is on the same street that I live on!
34 yr old female
Diagnosed with Pancolitis in 1/2007
Baby due 3/2009
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Risan1808
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   Posted 2/22/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I definitely can relate here. I have seen more doctors and racked up more medical bills in 2009 than I have in the 20 years I have been married. So depressing!!
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kops2da
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   Posted 2/22/2009 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   

As a senior I would like to comment on this.  I certainly agree with about everything said so far.  One thing - PREVENTIVE care!  If I had done more preventive care - dental, gyn, all that is allowed with your insurance or ? I would not have so many problems at age 68.  I also have to accompany my husband for a second set of ears, etc.  He has COPD, lung cancer, neuropathy and I would guess about 10 doctors to see throughout the year, etc.  All but one is at the VA hospital which makes it a little easier and they try to schedule same day. Routine xray for his lungs found the aneursym that saved his life!  AND - the lung cancer is in remission due to early treatment.  Ignoring the need to see a doctor just may not make it go away!

Anyway, hang in there and PLEASE take care of yourself!

ElaineNY


 
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
Tried all mesalamines and enemas, Canasa, etc.  Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal -hydrocortisone enemas 12 days - much worse.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 Feb. 21 - down to 20 mg. - no blood, no pain, no bad side effects so far.  Plan on adding 6MP (or?) at lowest possible prednisone dose.
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Mommy pooh
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   Posted 2/23/2009 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband and I always joke that my doctor appoinrments are our only dates. By the time I ask my parents to babysit for all of my appointments, I can't ask them to babysit over the weekend too. We did go see the Medea movie Saturday night and they kept her. It was the first movie we've seen a movie since our daughter was born. It was so great to be out together and not going to the doctor. Somehow, I usually have something once a week, whether it's blood work, an appointment, allergy shot, ect. We have also all been sick with seasonal stuff. We have already hit our $2000 deductible for the year at the end of Jan. I tell people I am really 85 on the inside.
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dakotagirl
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   Posted 2/23/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
YES! Between doctors and the dentist, I'm tired of it! I'm sure my boss is tired of me popping into his office saying "off to another doctor's appointment - back as soon as I can be." And to make matters worse - I'm still having mouth pain and other issues. Sheesh!
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Sweetie31105
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   Posted 2/23/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I totally understand. I had 2 GI visits because of my doctor change, that was within 3 weeks of each other. Then at the end of the month I found out that I needed to make a Doctor's appt to see my OBGYN. :( On top of that my schedule kept changing at work, and I had a dentist appt that I kept rescheduling to work around work. I kinda felt bad asking for time off from work because of this stuff, because it felt like it was a constant thing.

Also in 2007, when I was first diagnosed I kept seeing my doctor for small things because this UC was new to me. It does get annoying. No real time to do anything but see the doctor. :(
27 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007

Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)
Taken off Imuran 1/15/09
Only taking Humira.

Can't take Asacol, Allergic to Remicade


Red_34
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   Posted 2/23/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
It's pretty sad to have more doctor appointments on your calendar then social engagements shocked  <--speaking from experience! smilewinkgrin I jokingly tell my husband that if I didn't have doc appts that I would probably never leave the house! LOL
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kops2da
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   Posted 2/23/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   

sweetie - my son works for Abbott Labs as a scientist - they make Humira.  What can you tell me about your experience?  My treatment may come to trying it or other immune suppressant!  Thanks.

ElaineNY


 
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
Tried all mesalamines and enemas, Canasa, etc.  Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only few cm. left to heal -hydrocortisone enemas 12 days - much worse.
2/3/2009 - sigmoidoscopy showed about 30 cm. involved but mild - starting on prednisone only 40 mg. taper on 2/7/2009.
 Feb. 21 - down to 20 mg. - no blood, no pain, no bad side effects so far.  Plan on adding 6MP (or?) at lowest possible prednisone dose.
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD
 
 
 


Lonie
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   Posted 2/23/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, I hear ya! I really hadn't a whole lot of need (except for UC) to see the doc, but ever since that car accident my knee has been giving me fits...of course there is no explanation for it...or so they say and I feel like a nat that won't go away. :-) I know there are worse conditions out there than my knee issue (oh, right, we have UC!) but it is my knee and it's not functioning correctly. Sorry, enough of my rant now. :-)

Carol

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Serenity Now
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   Posted 2/23/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I hear ya!! Last fall I was sooo sick of all the medical appointments. It was certainly a big change. For years I only saw the doctor to renew my birth control pill prescription, but once I had my husband "fixed", I no longer needed to go.... so I would say 8 or so years went by without a visit. Now, that is at the other extreme, as I feel I should have at least gone for an annual checkup.

Well I more than made up for that during Oct08-Jan09 when I was trying to figure out what was wrong with me. In the doctor's office at least once a week, blood tests, ultrasound, CT scan, specialist appt, colonoscopy, on and on it went. The staff at my doctor's office no longer needed to ask my name whenever I showed up. When I phoned I only needed to say my first name and they knew my last name, even the spelling which is very difficult, LOL!

On top of all that, in Oct & Nov I was also getting all kinds of dental work done before my benefits ran out. Had also not seen the dentist for at least 8 years so had 8 years of work to make up for.... UGH!!! All this while I was so sick with UC (undiagnosed at the time) that I wondered why I was bothering with all the dental work - I was convinced I was dying. Fun times.
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bookworm21
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   Posted 2/23/2009 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Haha, Red--I also have more doctors' appointments scheduled than social events. In fact, I have at least one doctor appointment every weekday over spring break. How depressing is that?
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potty girl
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   Posted 2/23/2009 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
That is why I am always broke. It really sucks. plus there is so many other things I would rather do. You make an appointment like a month in advance and you still have to wait and hour are more after your appointment time. such fun times.I see a physician assistant most the time so I can get in quicker.
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Sweetie31105
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   Posted 2/23/2009 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
kops2da said...
sweetie - my son works for Abbott Labs as a scientist - they make Humira. What can you tell me about your experience? My treatment may come to trying it or other immune suppressant! Thanks.

ElaineNY


For me... Humira is a life saver. If I didn't have that option I would've had surgery just after diagnosed. I failed Remicade due to a severe allergic reaction. I was in between remission when I started Humira. So, once I started it, it kept me where I needed to be, then a few months later I went into full remission. My GI had me on 2 shots every 2 weeks, due to my major flare. He wanted to make sure I was fine. I just went down to 1 shot every 2 weeks, and have been off of Imuran for about a month and a half. I'm just totally thankful for this drug. The shots take sometime getting used to, but it's totally worth it. smilewinkgrin
27 year old, Married, Female.
Diagnosed with UC since March 2007

Taking Humira and Imuran since May 2007 (Currently in remission since May 2007)
Taken off Imuran 1/15/09
Only taking Humira.

Can't take Asacol, Allergic to Remicade


Red_34
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   Posted 2/24/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Rona, usually I can make an appt with my primary and be seen that day or the day after - depending on the circumstance. Also too with my GI - it's tough to get in to see him within the week, not only because of scheduling but because I have a HMO so it takes a day or two to get a referral, unless it's an emergency. But usually with my primary I am only waiting about 10 minutes or so and the same with my GI. I never have to wait longer then a half hour. But I have had doctors where I had to wait 2 hours just to be seen and to me that is unacceptable.
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