Need to rant for a second about Drs...

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   Posted 8/5/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
So I am sick and tired of crappy communication with my GI Dr. and nurses. The nurses regularly don't return phone calls and my Dr(the third in this practice b/c the first ignored me and gave me bad info, and the second who was awesome but left the practice) tells me to email him but I have to email at least twice every time get his attention and then its 'oh, sorry, somehow I didn't get your email, don't know why'. Even the nurse and Dr. clearly don't talk to each other as the nurse will call about something random and I have to tell her what the Dr told me...insanity. The main reason this freaks me out is that I am pregnant with my 2nd child, and the second I got pregnant I began to flare a litte and I was way sick with the first pregnancy and it was really scary. I mean, I'm not seriously sick right now at all, but what happens if and when I do? I am hesitant to switch practices now, but if this continues I just may have to. Does this happen to anyone else?

Diagnosed with UC in 2004

Currently on Sulfasalazine, taken off Imuran recently due to low white blood cell count, multivitamin, folic acid, calcium, 1200mg fish oil, VSL #3, magnesium

Now on iron supplements due to iron deficiency

Recently diagnosed with a bunch of food intolerances, which might explain UC: oats, walnuts, butter, lime, tea, coffee, some spices, cane sugar, squash, mozz. cheese, bean sprouts, cola, lettuce, peas

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 8/5/2009 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I would change doctors. My GI would return his patient's phone calls the evening of the same day. His staff never dropped the ball on telephone messages. There are better doctors out there and with this disease you want one.

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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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 8/5/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I also recommend switching. My doctor (or his nurse) always returns phone calls the same day, usually within three to four hours.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 pills ONCE!! daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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