Posted 11/8/2007 11:23 AM (GMT -6)
Here's a question that I hope is helpful and not worrisome... Do you trust this GI (whom you don't like and who doesn't sound like he's addressing all your concerns) to do a good job on the colonoscopy? I'm worried by the fact that it was your GYN who suggested the colonoscopy. Most GIs want to find the root cause of your symptoms and a c-scope is the first step toward that.

I agree with the advice above to try one of the top-rated hospitals and find a GI associated with one of those. If the HMO is not going to cover out-of-network charges at all, perhaps you can find a good doctor with a sliding scale? OR, is there any chance that you could make a case to your employer that in order to improve your attendance and focus you must get better and their health plan falls short of that? Perhaps they could find you some supplemental insurance? (I don't know anything about that. Just an idea.)

It sounds like you've been dealing with symptoms for a long time and I'm glad you posted here. Dealing with getting good treatment can take so much energy. Maybe you could take a short medical leave from work to take the time to see a new doctor and have him/her do a c-scope? Sometimes a week or two away from work on a new treatment can make a big difference. I'm a big fan of sleep and rest. :)

Keep us posted. If you don't mind telling us the area where you live, maybe someone has a GI recommendation.
UC for the last ten years
Current Meds: 6MP
Past Meds: You name it; I've tried it.

Posted 11/8/2007 9:03 PM (GMT -6)
Thank you for all the advice :-) .  I live in PA and have been searching for a good GI.  I am hoping to find one in network that my primary care would be willing to give a refferal to.  I am nervous about this doc doing the colononscopy, more or less worried that he will not do a thorough job.  Part of me wants to run for the hills and the other part of me wants to let him do the colonoscopy, get the results, and then run for the hills.  I just find it very frustrating that he seems to be dismissing the fact that I am bleeding and having a lot of pain.  A decent Dr. should want to try and figure out what is causing it.  I just want to know what is wrong so I can get it taken care of properly.  It shouldn't be so hard.       
Posted 11/8/2007 10:29 PM (GMT -6)
What area of PA? If you are in the North Eastern PA definitely go to NYC for a GI.... I have an HMO too but I choose to pay out of pocket to see a GI that does not take insurance. The level of care is completely different than any GI that I have every seen who takes insurance. My GI will spend 30+ minutes with me if necessary and is extremely thorough with me and explains everything to me.

There also some great GIs in Philly.

DX'd with Pan-Colitis June 2005
Current Status: Flaring since May
Current Meds:  50 mgs 6-mp, Colocort, Oral Cyclosporine (500 mgs)
Supplements:  None 

Posted 11/9/2007 7:51 AM (GMT -6)
The first doctor I went to said it was my gal bladder after I told him my symptoms- was setting me up for surgery - the whole nine yards -

I freaked out - got second opion - the read the ultrasound that was later done - said nothing wrong with gal -bladder.

I would run for the hills if you are not trusting him.

My mom told me the other day to remember that the doctors are practicing medicine on us - they use their best judgment - I personally think some should not be doctors,

BTW I still have my gal - bladder and was told by two different docs it looks great and there is nothing wrong with it :)
Diagonsed with UC in about 99 - 
Started new GI 9-25-07
Lialda 2.4 in AM(started 9-26-07) canasa 1000mg  2xs per day(started 9-26-07)
Probiotics, calcium with Vitamin D, slow release Iron, Psyllium Husk Fiber. 

Posted 11/9/2007 12:09 PM (GMT -6)
I just got in touch with my primary care and she is referring me to a new GI.  I told her about the visit from the other day and one a few months back where he told me to eat fiber one cereal (which is wheat....a major no no for Celiacs...good thing I knew that).  She nearly hit the roof so she is sending me to a new practice.  I hope this one turns out better.  It will probably be a while for me to get in to see them but I think that is better than letting this clown do a bad job on a colonoscopy.  As much as I want to get this taken care of swiftly I think it is important that it is taken care of correctly.  I have been dealing with this for over 5 years...what is another month or two eyes
Posted 11/9/2007 2:08 PM (GMT -6)
Make sure that you tell the new GI's office that you are flaring and they will probably get you in to see the GI sooner than an average patient who is trying to get a c-scope.

DX'd with Pan-Colitis June 2005
Current Status: Flaring since May
Current Meds:  50 mgs 6-mp, Colocort, Oral Cyclosporine (500 mgs)
Supplements:  None 

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