Not all GIs are the same. The first ones I tried wanted me to wait before giving me an appointment. Or they gave me an appointment, but wanted me to get a colonoscopy before giving me any medication. I was in no shape to be given a colonoscopy at the time. Thank goodness I didn't wait. That's how I found my GI.
My GI didn't make me wait, and he spent time with me, something very rare today. He is gentle and cautious about
doing colonoscopies and surgery. There can be complications with colonoscopies and surgery. I wouldn't trust anybody else but my GI.
My GI is a bit old schooled though. I do feel he, like most GIs, prescribes too much medication. But I can do my own research and make my own decisions regarding what medications to take; so this isn't an important factor for me. Plus, when I saw him during my second flare, my colon was severely inflamed. I needed medication. He gave it to me right away without waiting for a diagnosis. He waited a few days for the inflammation to subside a bit before doing a sigmoidoscopy. He waited until I was in remission before doing a colonoscopy.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Diagnosed w/ UC Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Lexapro (for stress)
Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Anti-inflammatory foods: turmeric, seaweed, garlic...
Avoid: pro-inflammatory foods, HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)
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