ive got terrible stomach problems, IBS, Diverticulitis, acid reflux, heiatia hyrena(spelling sorry) my old dr i use to see sent me to a PA, i never get anywheres with her she doesnt know me like he did.
Look for someone listed as a gastroenterologist. That will be your best bet for finding a good stomach and intestinal specialist. (You were close-its hiatal hernia) They can do colonoscopies, endoscopies and other GI tests to find out what is going on and how best to treat you.
It probably means that you're stabilizing, no matter how you feel. I much prefer talking to the doctor's staff than to the PA's-I think she has idiots-which doesn't reflect well on her.. I am having an extensive colonoscopy, biopsies all over the place-sort of like a science experiment-but I'm used to that. Problem with a PA is that they have to confer with supervising doctor. It's very frustrating to show pics of previous tests, have PA ask me why they R in color-and I thought-maybe that was a way to show I was a seriously ill patient that cooperated and they wanted new docs to know that. PA picks up papers and runs to doctor. Then she asks about diet when having an episode-tell her the diets and what era-the PA runs off again to confer. I think that I'm communicating and she takes off. Medicare and insurance basically think that we're nuts-and they don't/won't pay GI docs enough, so there aren't as many of them.
I had a choice of waiting 3 months to get appointment with PA or 6 months with a GI doc. I needed to get in the clinic-one reason that I had a very stupid primry care doctor that wanted me to eat raw brocolli, etc. and told me that I was uncooperative. I was able to draw the line in the sand and administration gave me a new primary care doctor that's understanding. I also think that a PA is sort of in a hard place because they can't really speak for the doctor and they have to check with books and doctors. Because of that I asked how will I really know what the results are, how many polyps, etc. I'm getting a written report and a phone conference with the actual doctor. I know how you feel about crohns, it's bad when people with crohns say that you have that too. Just stay away from Ibuprofin and other things that eat holes in your stomach and intestines. I'm having trouble with the PA about that-she's decided that I'm a dope addict, etc. I just hate being doubled up, with my hair and clothes completely wet from sweat caused by pain caused by Ibuprofin, aspirin, etc. I called offices and I couldn't talk to the doctor, but I found that the staff in some clinics seemed kinder and smarter than in other clinics-so I avoided them and went where the staff seems intelligent. Even though I have a PA-the head doctor took me on. Ask if they know the food triggers that sets IBS off, how they handle GERD-if you have a medicine that works, ask if they'll continue prescribing it for you. While they don't know about you they should know IBS. Don't accept the sorry excuse that IBS is so different for each person-so they can't say anything or really do anything. I went to administration and told them my PCP said that-didn't want to give me a referral, etc. and got a good PCP that's helpful. I've mostly found a good family doc that cared for me, they talked to GI docs that advised them-it was cheaper, I find total care important with IBS, they kept good records and noted things that I wasn't aware of that helped the GI. I found out that I had IBS from a gynecologist. I've also received good care for IBS from GYN. My first medication, diet sheet, kind care-and talking to me like I was a sane human was in GYN. Talk to me and let me know how it goes for you.
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