Welcome to the forum.
Waiting a week to address your medical needs is not good. Personally I would be looking for another asap.
I am located in Texas. We have many GI doctors in this area. I live in the country now but am only a few hours away from Dallas/Fort Worth. My current is a specialist at Dallas Baylor. I drive over 2 hours one way to see him. (traffic is the issue.... Not the distance) He gave me his cell number. I do not use it unless I am on my way to the hospital. I use the patient portal. They usually get back with me within 24 hours. If it's a bad flare I've been known to send a second message within the same day.... (His assistant probably does not like me -- but at least she does not ignore me anymore...lol) The previous doctors I tried... 2 got back to me within 24 hours and the other 5 to 6 of them took their time and it was anywhere from 3 to 7 days. The two that got back to me within 24 hours were in the suburbs (small towns) and they both were good... (I was in a terrible flare and they both referred me to my specialist I use now. Once I stabilized...one of them said he'd work with my specialist to help out if I found myself in an emergency. The other said he wasn't going to treat me unless he was my only GI.....)
I personally prefer doctors at a teaching university hospital because they may have different resources. I can tell you that even within the same hospital setting different GIs perform differently. One up there waited a week to get back to me.
So you may have to "shop around" a bit. Do you have a Crohn's or UC support group close by where you live? I'd check in with them. They might have a name of someone that's outstanding.
I hope you get your flare under control soon.
Post Edited (clo2014) : 9/18/2022 3:23:07 PM (GMT-7)