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   Posted 3/27/2009 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
i have been seeing a gastroenterologist for my proctitis, but am wondering if i should be seeing a proctologist cause it is not getting any better and thinking maybe the proctologist might have more answers..just wondering which one other people with the same problem see....any help right now i'll take..thanks

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   Posted 3/27/2009 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   

A proctologist is a colorectal surgeon.  They changed the name of their specialty many years ago.  I think your best bet is to stick to a GI unless you want to contemplate surgery and if that's the case see a CR surgeon.



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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   Posted 3/27/2009 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
If your GI is competent then he should be able to help you with your proctitis issues, ask him for cortifoam (it always does the trick for me) but you have to be patient, the worse the flare the longer it will likely take to get under control.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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   Posted 3/28/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you

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   Posted 3/28/2009 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
     Several years ago I consulted a proctologist and my GI doctor was kinda insulted.  Apparently, GI doctors are quite capable of treating ulcerative proctitis..it is all part of the colon.  I had severe hemorroids but my GI doctor said they could cut them out but they do grow back and he didn't recommend surgery.  Ironically, the proctologist agreed.
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.

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