Posted 6/30/2012 12:09 AM (GMT -6)
I think I didn't make some of my points very clearly, sorry about that.
I am NOW diagnosed with UC by a GI in Canada, I was just trying to explain that I had a frustrating wait prior to diagnosis. I was diagnosed at the beginning of the year. My initial visit to my GP happened July, 2011, two weeks after I started bleeding. He referred me to the GI, but my app't was six months away! I went back to my GP to 'beg' to be seen sooner, but
killcolitis, I hope your daughter is going to be OK, I'm sending best wishes to you guys. I havent been able to find a functional medicine practitioner in Toronto, I am working with one in the US but I can't get the labwork done that is required. He can only do so much without quantitative test results You can't pay for labwork in Canada even if you want to, I can't go into the US at the moment because I dont have a passport. I'm seriously considering getting one though, just so I can go and get the bloodwork I need
allswell, I'm in total agreement with you. I figured that daily rectal bleeding was very serious. I'm sort of flabbergasted that I had to wait that long for a such a serious symptom. I kept hoping I could get my GI appointment sooner, but now I realize my GP's hands were tied. i don't know if the long wait times for specialists and testing have anything to do with cancer rates here in Canada. It's an imperfect system for sure and fortunate for me, didn't turn out to be cancer. In hindsight, I should have gone to emergency.
imagardener, I don't think travel/med insurance would cover such a thing as a colonoscopy in the US, because I had already seen a doc here about it (eventhough it wasnt diagnosed and there was a super long wait time, it would have been considered a preexisting condition which wouln't be covered. It may be something I should look into though.
again, sorry I wasn't clear.