An Update on the IBD Specialist!

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Jen O
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   Posted 5/15/2009 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys!

I just wanted to type an update on this new doctor that I went to today!

He was just wonderful, Dr. Bret Lashner at the Cleveland Clinic. I had an 8:30 am apt. I arrived about 30 minutes early. His medical assistant took me back right away and he was waiting for me! I have always had to wait for the old GI doc!

He sat there and talked to about my history for about 30 minutes. I told him that the old GI doc told me I was out of medical options and should see a surgeon. He basically laughed! :) Said by no way am I out of options!

He ordered a bunch of lab work (a CBC, TSH, and some tests to see if I have antibodies to Remicade and to see how much of it is still in my blood from my last transfusion). He also had me to a few stool samples (to test for CMV, C-diff, e-coli and something else that I can't remember)

He also had me do a "flex Sig" I didn't realize that I would be doing all of that stuff at my first appointment, so I drove myself there. I got the "flex Sig" without sedation. He said "It'll be OK" but I really will not do that again, it was NOT fun!

Anyway, he is going to wait until all of the tests come back to tell me what to do meds wise because he doesn't want me to go back on the Prednisone because if it is a virus or a bacteria because it would just make it worse. He said he would call me on Monday and let me know what is going on!

I am so excited to switch docs and he seems great. I looked him up, he's got articles published and everything.

Jen O
Age 34
Diagnosed with UC September 2008
Current Meds:
Just started taking Asacol 1200 mgs 3 x per day 5/7/2009
Biotin 5 mg
Vitamin D 2,000 IU per day
Calcium 1500 mg per day

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   Posted 5/15/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck Jen. I hope this doc turns out to be good for you! Sometimes I feel like I would just like them to take out the diseased part of my colon too but I think they save that as a last resort. I have diverticulum in there though and they can rupture, so that is scary. My mom had them and had to have a lot of her colon out. She was fine after that.
diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta

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   Posted 5/15/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
That is wonderful news. It sounds like a good switch for you. I hope you can find some answers and a treatment that works for you for the long term. I had a sigmoidoscopy with no sedation once too. It wasn't awful but definitely not fun. The good thing about it is that the only prep I had to do was an enema. I can't believe you had one and you weren't at all expecting it. It's great that he took time with you and ran all these tests so you can get an accurate diagnosis. I just had stool tests and they came back normal. I was sooo hoping I had a bacteria. skull
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa (as needed)
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day - Anemic
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)
Back on Canasa every other night + Asacol (9/day) + Probiotics + Iron

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   Posted 5/15/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   

You help me to decide about seeing the specialist in Albany - it is 150 or more miles away.  Definitely, a new perspective if nothing else.  I have to wait about a month - calling Monday after I make my decision - but think I should go for it.  I will ask about tests - I want no surprises and will be staying with a relative there.

Good luck and sounds like you did a good thing!  My referral was from my present GI doc as he feels a new, more experienced doctor is needed.


Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008   Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred. No mesalamines!!
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. - upped prenisone to 25mg. on my own (bleeding returned) - 6MP - 50 mg. 2/28/2009 
Now 75mg. and 15mg. prednisone for a week. 
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 5/15/2009 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad you like the new doc! One thing I like best about my GI is that he always spends as much time talking to me as I want/need and doesn't brush off any questions my husband (he goes with me to my appts) or I ask.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).

Eva Lou
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   Posted 5/15/2009 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
nice! I'm really happy for you- I knew the new GI would be more uplifting- let us know how everything goes. I'll be curoius to see what he suggests, as I fear I may be following in your footsteps! I've had a bunch of flex sigs done with nothing too- horrible! My GI doesn't give you anything for them, a "simple office procedure" he calls it...right......

diagnosed with UC '02
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
various probiotics
Fiber supplement

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