Ok I now have some more clarity on this since speaking to the nurse yesterday. The GI who gave me the option of scan/mri is a reliever. He steps in when any of the other GI’s go on leave . But according to the nurse it was the GI who did my colonoscopy who asked to also look at my small colon. So the second chap was just conveying this to me because it was already ordered in the system before my the actual GI went on leave. Apparently actual GI will be back in the first week of Aug. The nurse said I would have to talk to the actual GI if I wanted to have the CT scan order changed to anything else. According to her they want to be sure it is not crohns especially because I am not displaying UC symptoms but no inflammation at the terminal end. That is all she would tell me saying it would be best to meet and discuss with the actual GI when he returns. There was another GI who walked pass and he intervened for a bit then said the same thing of asking my GI about
all of this but he shared that if they were suspecting crohns not likely they would agree to a pill cam because if there is a stricture or something it could get stuck and how would they remove it. Which had me wondering then why the pill cam was a tool to look at the small intestine in the first place.
So will have to wait and see.
Glad the c-scope guy is still around. Not that I had a proper doc-patient relationship with him because is someone who has done my c-scope first time and is a new young doctor at the hospital. I totally get this thing about
having a relationship with one’s doctors to understand one’s condition better but I can’t really afford to change hospitals or get a second opinion or anything from a different GI at another hospital since I am not covered by insurance at this point and it will all be too much. Anycase these don’t seem to me like the kind of GI’s who will help you make sense of why they are ordering for any particular tests or help you understand your condition better. Plus covid situation has made things worse at the hospital because docs often are covering elsewhere too.
The reliever by the way wasn’t in either and the nurse said he was very sick and not expected back until after a week or so🙄. So let’s see what transpires from the conversation with the assigned GI in Aug. I will remember to mention to him that I will need to pay out of pocket but if they are suspecting crohns it might be best to opt for some test even if I have no symptoms as of now.
I happened to see CT/MRI/Xray/Fluroscopy mentioned on the GI unit so I know these are done at the hospital as is the Pill Cam (though pill cam is not
openly advertised.) Will enquire about
the Barium thing too.
“Not the brightest bulbs” - that made me burst out laughing. I am not sure I have confidence in any of them either given that they all seem rather young and not very likely they can be very experienced either. I will see how my assigned GI responds to my queries since I am not in a position to choose docs really.
Does it particularly matter if one has UC or Crohns so long as one is symptomatically ok?
There are no emergency scans unless one is admitted to emergency. Only Emergency admittance can get rushed scans. This route generally also gets one the most senior and specialized docs of any discipline. So that is like having a protection wall in case one falls.
Typically any routine scan via the Gastroenterologist unit has a long wait of 3-6 months here. Infact the reliever even told me should I see red to head straight to emergency.
My scan date has been blocked for October
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