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badluckblueeyes
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posted 05-09-1999 06:39 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote

Hi all: Well, I'm a worrier, I admit it. I don't think it caused my bowel problems, but it sure doesn't help.

And here's the next thing I'm worried about: I saw a gastroenterologist on Friday who wasn't very helpful. He gave me the usual speech about IBS (which I have heard a million times): you know, fiber, exercise, just stop worrying about it. And, like every other gastroenterolgist I've seen, didn't really listen to me.

I was recommended to him by my doctor, whom, after 10 years, I do trust. She likes this guy and says he's very nice and very gentle and excellent at scopes.

Anyway, I have to have a scope this month, but I'm starting to feel that I don't trust this guy. I'm sure that he is technically competent to do the scope, but I'm starting to have that whole negative thinking downward spiral.

I tend to get paranoid, even in the face of everyone telling me that this doctor is great. And you should also know that I don't really trust ANY doctor, so I know longer trust my own judgement.

The other thing is that I live in Canada, and it takes a long time to get in to see a specialist. It would take months to see somebody else, and I want to get the scope out of the way.

Anyway, anyone have similar experiences? How do you know when you're just being difficult and paranoid, and when you should just get a new doctor? And how to you weigh that against a health care system that's not in your favour?

I'm thinking that I will have the scope, and then talk to my doctor (whom I can't see until June 2: on holidays) about seeing someone else. I really want to get the scope out of the way, to make sure I don't have polyps.

Sorry to ramble..
Am I just being paranoid?

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KELLY
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posted 05-09-1999 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KELLY   Click Here to Email KELLY     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
IM A WORRIER TOO. NO MATTER WHAT I WORRY. THE ONLY GOOD THING IS I CAN GIVE ADVISE BETTER THEN I CAN TAKE IT. MY ADIVSE IS NOT TO WORRY YOU ARE BEING A LITTLE PARANOID. IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THIS IS A REPUTABLE DOCTOR AND OBVIOUSLY LIKED BY SOMEONE YOU KNOW. SO IF YOU TRUST YOUR FRIEND TRUST THE DOC. IF THE OFFICE IS IN A DARK ALLEY AND HE COMES TO THE DOOR W/ A BUTHCER KNIFE THEN RUN OTHER WISE RELAX IT WILL BE OVER BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. AND WHO KNOWS MAYBE YOU WILL COME BACK WITH A NEW TECHNIQUE TO HELP YOUR PROBLEMS. KEEP US POSTED AND GOOD LUCK

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Me Poo Too
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posted 05-09-1999 09:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Me Poo Too   Click Here to Email Me Poo Too     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Dear blbe; From one Cdn. to another , I hear you! I have seen several specialists over the years and I have to admit, they're a pretty arrogant bunch and I'm sorry if that offends anyone. My experience is that THEY have alist of THEIR 100 questions, which must be answered promptly because they have a waiting room full of people and God help you if you try to elaborate on your answers. Usually, I come out of there feeling like I've just been abused which is is really unfair considering I've waited months to get in to see him in the 1st place. However, blue eyes, go ahead and get the scope test out of the way as it may alleviate one source of your worries anyway. And then you'll be able to think more clearly about whether or not to be on the lookout for a different caregiver. Who knows; you 2 might click. I hate our local gastro-guy but my best friend loves him! Go figure. Good luck blue eyes.

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tmo
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posted 05-09-1999 09:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmo   Click Here to Email tmo     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I understand how you feel. I don't have a lot of faith in ANY doctor, especially when it comes to my gut. On the other hand it's just possible that you may come away from the scope with a confidence in this guy that you didn't have before. If he comes highly recommended that must mean something. However, as Kelly suggests, go with your gut (sorry about that) feeling.

I have an appointment with a gastro on the 27th and I've never even heard of him. I'm nervous about that, I guess you know.

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badluckblueeyes
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posted 05-09-1999 10:42 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote

Thanks you guys; it's really nice to hear from people who know what I'm going through.

I guess my problem is that if he dismissed me in the consult, he's not really going to be looking for anything unusual during the scope. I'm sure he'll find polyps if they are there, but I'm unconvinced he's willing to look around for possible solutions.

And how many of you have found that male doctors are the worst offenders? I find they tend to dismiss women. Does anyone know what the statistics are for IBS by gender? I sometimes wonder if the reason we have so many problems, besides the fact that it's a seemingly incurable problem, is that it's mostly women who get it. This guy even asked me what my husband did for a living! I said: what has that got to do with my health? And he gave me some line about needing to know lifestyle. I think that, pardon my french, is a bunch of bullshit.

Anyway, I could "listen to my gut" but I don't think it's very reliable!!

Thanks for listening!!

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moldie
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posted 05-09-1999 11:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moldie     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Sorry about your badluck, but I like blue eyes. You don't have to have blue eyes to be sensitive. Face it, nobody relishes the idea of being scoped. After I was scoped the first time, I swore they'd have to kill me first if they did it again. Fortunately, there was an easier way the next time. They gave me something (valium, maybe)IV. While the first one was excrutiating, (it was only so for a short while and is not that way for everyone, I've been told) the second time, I scarcely remembered a thing. I remember going ooooooooh! and the nurse saying she'd give me something for pain and it was gone immediately. Unfortunately the pain med. made me sicker than a dog (I believe it was Demorol which apparently does that to me- but not to everyone). Just have lots of water nearby you so you won't get dehydrated when you get home, and after about 24hrs or so; after your system has purged itself, you'll be fine. As you can tell my system is sensitive too, and I have brown eyes. I know I've made it sound horrible, but you need to have it done.

Unfortunately, it needs to be docmented for your piece of mind and your doctor's that there is nothing else amiss. It is recommended for everyone to get it done sometime in their lifetime anyway. I just hope they can find a better non-invasive way to do this in the future. Good luck and be strong. At least you've got a good reference.

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posted 05-09-1999 11:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moldie     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
blbe; Some doctors can be jerks. Face it they're not much different from some of the rest of the population. Talk about condescending, I went to one who after explaining why neuro-muscularly I was having these problems, he looked at me and grinned with his rotting teeth (yes he was old and had a cane too) he then said "Well I'm not saying you need a psychiatrist or anything, but maybe if you were a happier person." I had all I could do to retain my composure. I should have said something like: "Why, is that why your teeth are rotting and you walk with a cane, because you're unhappy?" but of course I didn't. I'm way too nice for that. He was a real crab. Everytime I tried to expound on something, he would look at me scouldingly and say: "I didn't ask you that." This was a veteran doctor from a respected medical hospital! While I was waiting for this doctor to come, in I overheard this loud obnoxious, slightly unkept woman across the hall saying "I can't live like this!" Her doctor nicely consoled her. I sit there well dressed and trying to be as pleasant as possible and this is what I get. Sometimes I think I should get hysterical and dress like I don't care because I feel like sh--. Oh well, obviously after he gave me my prescription and said let me know how it goes, (and I wanted to say "Kiss my grits"), I didn't, and swore I'd never set foot in his office again! So, ya, I know what ya mean.

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posted 05-11-1999 07:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Marge     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
BLBB;
Moldie's got a point. There are many MD's who still think their word is Gold, they know it all and your just the poor slob who is suffering so what do you know?
But the best way to find a 'good doc' is upon recommendation from friends or relatives.
So go to this guy, get the procedure done cause that's REAL important and then make up your mind. Good Luck

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Joyce
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posted 05-11-1999 12:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joyce     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
badluck,
Hi and Howdy,

Having had ear infections as a kid I was very scared of doctors- since I usually got a big shot of pencillian every time I went there.
. Everytime I went into his inner office I would look at that tray of insturments on the stand and think that he was going to use each one of those on me, and I wonder how he would do that. I would be a sweaty mess before I got out of there but later I felt great knowing that he had taken time with me.

Know this won't help but thought I'd add it anyhow. Joyce

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BobJ
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posted 05-11-1999 01:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BobJ   Click Here to Email BobJ     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Get the scope - you need it for sure to rule out any other possibilities. It's not all that bad, although the anxiety before can be difficult. More discomfort than pain, with the added "benefit" of losing your dignity. And, some of the other posters who have spoken about it are right, it's very "quick" and will be over sooner than you think.

As far as the guy's "bedside manner" goes, well...see if you can make him laugh. And if he doesn't laugh, tell him that you don't want anybody poking a two to six foot long camera up your bottom unless they have a good sense of humor!!!

Finally, and I think I read this somewhere on one of these boards: Q. What's the difference between God and a Doctor? A. God doesn't think he's a Doctor...

Hang in...BJ

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vic
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posted 05-11-1999 05:45 PM           Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Hi. I'm new to this. I have suffered for years with IBS and doctors in Canada nod, shake their heads while handing you an IBS pamphlet. Thanks a bunch! I wish they did find something wrong with me with the three barium enemas and scope. Doctors like diseases, not syndromes ("it is just in your head"). If I had Chrone's maybe some positive action would be taken. I feel housebound most days because of the way I feel and that I like the privacy of my own home to deal with my problems.

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