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I started having problems with constipation last May, basically all I could do is push out little hard pellets a couple times a day, which is pretty bad constipation. Now i take magnesium that helps me go a little more. But from May-July i was in many different hospitals and had the Barium-enema test, colonoscopy, and the small bowel check. Out of the blue we got a call from the Mayo Clinic this morning saying that they could get me in next week, we must have been on the waiting list from last summer. All the docs told me in the past was IBS and i should increase my fiber which has lead me to go search on things to help me on my own. Is there something else about constipation that these top notch Mayo doctors could help me with that should make me go to the appt? Would appreciate info on what else docs from such a prestigious hospital could help me with.
 

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ABSOLUTELY!! There is a top IBS expert there, and you may as well go to the best! I can't think of the Drs name in Rochester, I think it starts with a "C." Ask to see the GI that is the IBS expert. They do state of the art research there. They know about and participate in the latest studies. They may know of some clinical trials for IBS therapies or medications. I go to Mayo in Scottsdale and have had the best care for IBS that I have ever had. See if they have a support group at the hospital. AZ
 

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ABSOLUTELY!! There is a top IBS expert there, and you may as well go to the best! I can't think of the Drs name in Rochester, I think it starts with a "C." Ask to see the GI that is the IBS expert. They do state of the art research there. They know about and participate in the latest studies. They may know of some clinical trials for IBS therapies or medications. I go to Mayo in Scottsdale and have had the best care for IBS that I have ever had. See if they have a support group at the hospital. AZ
 

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quote:ABSOLUTELY!! There is a top IBS expert there
A couple of things to note: the Rochester clinic is a clinic. The goal is to move patients out as quickly as they come in. To help do this, you could get rubber stamped "next".Another thing that may be related to the above is while the doctors are noted for their research (Camilleri is editor of Neurogastroenterology and Motillity, a fantastic journal) not for their beside manner, which means that if you are not in of their clinical studies, you could get rubber stamped "next".
quote:They do state of the art research there.
On the other hand, they use equipment that is out-dated and methods that are inaccurate (my opinion).
 

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quote:ABSOLUTELY!! There is a top IBS expert there
A couple of things to note: the Rochester clinic is a clinic. The goal is to move patients out as quickly as they come in. To help do this, you could get rubber stamped "next".Another thing that may be related to the above is while the doctors are noted for their research (Camilleri is editor of Neurogastroenterology and Motillity, a fantastic journal) not for their beside manner, which means that if you are not in of their clinical studies, you could get rubber stamped "next".
quote:They do state of the art research there.
On the other hand, they use equipment that is out-dated and methods that are inaccurate (my opinion).
 

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Flux,I am amazed at what you said, in fact I must ask have you ever been to Mayo Clinic? My experience at Mayo was fabulous. It is a clinic, and they do move you through the system efficiently. I suppose you could get rubber stamped, but it didn't happen to me. The wait to see the Dr. was always short. I always have as much time with the Dr. as I need. I have spent 45 minutes talking with my GI, he answered my questions and gave me treatment options. My GI is patient, a great listener, involved in clinical studies, active in research, and most importantly cares about IBS patients. I see an IBS specialist, Dr. Kevin Olden, he is one of the top Docs in his field. The first thing he did was adjust my medications. My family Dr. had me on good IBS meds, but the dosages were way too low. He helped my with my fibromyalgia, giving me meds that my Rhuemetologist thought would not help me. They did help, and I have been pain-free for years now.The equipment is new, state of the art, but then the Clinic in Scottsdale is only a few years old. Mayo Clinic is one of three places in the Phoenix Metro area that do anal mamometry tests. They have physical therapists that work with the GI department doing CBT, biofeedback and acupuncture. My Dr was very supportive of the hypnotherapy I did, and recommended it to other patients.I also had my ACL knee surgery at Mayo Hospital, but had my appointments at the Clinic. My experience was very good with the orthopedic dept. as well.I don't know about Mayo Rochester, but I am pleased with the treatment I got at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.AZ
 

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Flux,I am amazed at what you said, in fact I must ask have you ever been to Mayo Clinic? My experience at Mayo was fabulous. It is a clinic, and they do move you through the system efficiently. I suppose you could get rubber stamped, but it didn't happen to me. The wait to see the Dr. was always short. I always have as much time with the Dr. as I need. I have spent 45 minutes talking with my GI, he answered my questions and gave me treatment options. My GI is patient, a great listener, involved in clinical studies, active in research, and most importantly cares about IBS patients. I see an IBS specialist, Dr. Kevin Olden, he is one of the top Docs in his field. The first thing he did was adjust my medications. My family Dr. had me on good IBS meds, but the dosages were way too low. He helped my with my fibromyalgia, giving me meds that my Rhuemetologist thought would not help me. They did help, and I have been pain-free for years now.The equipment is new, state of the art, but then the Clinic in Scottsdale is only a few years old. Mayo Clinic is one of three places in the Phoenix Metro area that do anal mamometry tests. They have physical therapists that work with the GI department doing CBT, biofeedback and acupuncture. My Dr was very supportive of the hypnotherapy I did, and recommended it to other patients.I also had my ACL knee surgery at Mayo Hospital, but had my appointments at the Clinic. My experience was very good with the orthopedic dept. as well.I don't know about Mayo Rochester, but I am pleased with the treatment I got at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.AZ
 

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quote:My GI is patient, a great listener, involved in clinical studies, active in research, and most importantly cares about IBS patients. I see an IBS specialist, Dr. Kevin Olden, he is one of the top Docs in his field.
Sometimes, the personality is worthy of the credentials (above) and sometimes not. Two different Mayo clinics two (very) different sets of doctors.
 

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quote:My GI is patient, a great listener, involved in clinical studies, active in research, and most importantly cares about IBS patients. I see an IBS specialist, Dr. Kevin Olden, he is one of the top Docs in his field.
Sometimes, the personality is worthy of the credentials (above) and sometimes not. Two different Mayo clinics two (very) different sets of doctors.
 

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I went to the mayo clinic. They operated on me for probable chrone's , sometimes I wonder if I should have had the surgery, because I am still sick all the time, But I have worse symptoms now. Before I had only constipation and major bloating and some blood, everybody here said it was ibs maybe chrone's .Nobody here where i live ever suggested surgery, But when i went to the Mayo , that is what they did. They made it sound like i would be cured, believe me I am not.I would suggest you go, just to hear what they have to say. For your constipation try taking pure psyllium.I take the one from swiss herbal. I need to take it now to form up my stools.I wish I never had the surgery, but what's one is done.
 

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I went to the mayo clinic. They operated on me for probable chrone's , sometimes I wonder if I should have had the surgery, because I am still sick all the time, But I have worse symptoms now. Before I had only constipation and major bloating and some blood, everybody here said it was ibs maybe chrone's .Nobody here where i live ever suggested surgery, But when i went to the Mayo , that is what they did. They made it sound like i would be cured, believe me I am not.I would suggest you go, just to hear what they have to say. For your constipation try taking pure psyllium.I take the one from swiss herbal. I need to take it now to form up my stools.I wish I never had the surgery, but what's one is done.
 
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