Tips on a good GI (my experiances)

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   Posted 5/16/2009 12:13 AM (GMT -6)   
In 18 yrs of having IBD I've gone through a few GI's, I'm on #5 currently and he's a keeper...what I've learned from my experiances are;
A good GI will be open-minded (especially since they don't know a whole lot themselves snubbing naturals or any other forms of therapy besides traditional meds really isn't their place).
One that is or has been involved with a research team regarding IBD (they tend to know a little more than the average GI that isn't or has never been involved in research aspects of IBD).
One that spends time with you (and doesn't snuff off your description of symptoms as being over exagerated or rushes you out the door).
One that takes phone calls (and returns messages).
One that isn't arrogant and tries to convince you or comes across like you'll never find another GI that knows this disease the way he/she does.
One that makes you feel that you are working together to fight your disesase, not one that makes you feel if you don't do everything they say you'll be sorry.
If anyone else has more to share from their experiances I think it would be a great help especially for the patients that are new to this dreaded disease.

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

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   Posted 5/16/2009 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
One that doesn't make you feel stupid for asking questions.
Kara, 22F Married.
Latest-Finally tapering off prednisone 5mg every week.. Staying on Lialda 2 twice a day. Currently colonoscopy shows remission. Apparently my symptoms are from my IBS side of my issues.
Medications:Prednisone 25mg, Lialda 2 twice a day, Align probiotic, Anti-spasmodic as needed.
I am so sick of this disease!

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 5/16/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
It's important to get a GI doctor who listens to your ideas about what you think may work better for you, and will offer you feedback on them, and even consider them in his treatment options.

I've brought up everything from how and when to taper prednisone, to trying colazal over asacol, reducing/increasing azathioprine, changing my diet and supplements, and often the doctors I have seen have adjusted their original recommendations. Some of these changes may be minor, but they all make a difference.

I think that if your ideas are well researched and well thought out, then doctors respect the fact that you're going to a lot of effort on your own to study UC, and they are then more willing to discuss things with you, rather than stick to their own opinions.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 x 3 times a day, Metamucil wafers
Vitamin E enema or Asacol enema occasionally
Spinach & sunflower seed diet / Juicing spinach and carrots

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 5/16/2009 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I havent yet understood my GI well.... the good thing is he started me with mild medicines, listens to my problems BUT when i tell symptoms like little heartburn is morning, lot of painful gas... is this due to UC - the answer i get is "Maybe yes & maybe not" Do u all also get such answers from your GI's - especially the GIs u like. I M not able to make out if i have a good GI or not.

To add to the post good GI points:
1) remembers that i we r planning a family so tells me side effects of all medicines... even for gas suggested the mildest.
2)helps me stay calm when i am worried - says no big deal!
Right now -FLARING (after my Rubella vaccination)
Diagnosed in Jan'2009: Canasa suppositories 1000 nightly...doubled during flare
Symptoms: Mucus, blood, constipated (not always), Lots Gas & No D!
Also gifted with Hypothyroid & have calicum deficiency family history!
Meeting with Doc next month - not yet on oral medication - Doc wants to try just Canasa first!
Also started Probiotic from 23 Mar & fresh Turmeric root from 25 March'09

Post Edited (saposs) : 5/17/2009 12:16:55 PM (GMT-6)

Mamas Boys
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   Posted 5/17/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Most important.  One that treats you as a person and not just your colitis.  Actually listens to everything that is going on with you and discovers that some of it is just stress related due to other things going in your life and doesn't just throw drugs at you to mask the symptoms....

Mamas Boys
Colazal, Azathioprine, Remicade
Culturelle, MultiVitamin, Folic Acid, Viactiv
Status: Remission!!

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   Posted 5/17/2009 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
One that fits you in ASAP. My last doctor was like that and the new GI I have, I had no need to make an urgent appointment, but my last one let me drop in when I needed or make a last minute appointment.
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

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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 199
   Posted 5/17/2009 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I went too different GIs and neither of them I particular like. Maybe I should just keep searching, but by now I feel like I know enough to be my own doctor.
Asacol-12 a day
1 Culturelle
1 Canasa
5g Fish oil supplements
1 Vitamin
1 B-12(for anemia)

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