And just think what other knowledge your GI has. Not only do they deal with IBD and IBS but they have to have knowledge of about 30 different types of GI cancer, they are the experts on liver disease, pancreatic cancer, ulcers, and problems with GERD. This is not a specialty for the weak, it's one of the most difficult advanced degrees.
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