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Hesitation to Find a New Doctor

I try to make doctor appointments fun. We know as Crohn’s patients, just like other patients, going to doctors can be a handful. From the copay to the travel, and from the wait to the actual exam, it can be a lot.

I like going to the stomach doctor

I try to find fun when I go to my Gastroenterologist. It’s a semi-annual appointment, which takes about twenty five-thirty minutes. I always love going to the stomach doctor, because these days, he cuts down a half a milligram on one of my medicines. This is a great thing since this medication lowers my immune system. When I go to the gastro doctor, I try not to pretend that I know it all, and let the nurses do their work before the doctor comes in.

I would be afraid to change my doctor. I have developed a special bond between my gastroenterologist and myself. We can joke around, and also talk seriously. Since I only have twenty minutes with him, twice a year, I have to be careful with my time.

Weighing the pros and cons

I remember how long it took me to agree to go see this stomach doctor. I had a lot of hesitations. I was afraid to leave the Temple University Health System, and go to the University of Pennsylvania. I really enjoyed the doctors, but since I have such a complex case of Crohn’s, I had to go to the right doctor. It was hard to leave my previous gastro doctor. I remember weighing out the pros and cons of changing to a new doctor.

The pros were:

1) The best doctor for Crohn’s on the east coast and possibly the country was at Penn
2) He had the knowledge and expertise to get me on the road to recovery

The cons were:

1) I had to do a sigmoidoscopy, endoscopy, small bowel follow-through and tons of blood work
2) I would have to wait about three months to see him

Even though the cons outweighed the pros for me, I had to make a decision. I could stay with my current GI and hope his plan works. Or I could fly out to Cleveland Clinic each month, which was not in my budget. I knew what I needed to do, and I am glad that I made the right choice.

My advice

If I had to give my advice for anybody who was hesitant about going to a new doctor, I would tell them that if they are not seeing the results that they expect, then please get another set of eyes. It’s always good to get a fresh set of eyes to look at your case. I know all GI doctors are different and treat their patients in their own unique way. Don’t be afraid of change, if the change is for the good. I made a big change in regards to my stomach doctor and I am glad I did. I look back, and honestly would not be where I am today if I did not make the change. Make the change!

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  • thedancingcrohnie moderator
    1 year ago

    I can absolutely relate! I’ve actually seen over 5 Gastroenterologists. Mostly because after my diagnosis I moved states and because of insurance issues.

    I am actually thankful to have gotten so many opinions and outlooks along my journey with Crohn’s. Having a second, or in my situation, fifth opinion is so valuable. But you definitely create bonds with certain doctors and it makes it hard to leave their care.

    I agree, if you feel like you aren’t getting results always get a second opinion!

    Always dancing,
    Elizabeth (team member)

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