What a difference a better doctor can make...Speaking from experience here: If you have bad feelings about your GI or other physician, dump him/her if you can! I know, however, that that can be difficult to do in certain medical plans (my case last year).I went to a new GI physician on Monday, just for a quick check-up/consultation and to roughly schedule my next colonscopy. I'm still, as always, rather frustrated with managed-care medicine -- and I don't see how we can be diagnosed in 3 minutes (or even 5-10 minutes). However, all in all, I have better feelings about this doc than my last two GI docs (esp. the one last year), that's for sure! This time, my blood pressure didn't go sky high, 'cause I was more relaxed. Overall, I was treated with more dignity and respect by the nurse/assistant and the doctor than I often have been used to in the past. Even if you can't get so many answers, respect is very important...I can't stress it enough. Plus, this new doc has a v. good reputation and doesn't come across as having ego problems, and he seems quite competent and on top of things; my father and I "searched" for him together.Here are some things we briefly discussed, which might be interesting to some of you:- Doc told me to, above all, keep up my comprehensive nutritional program. Smart doc!- He said I could always try some prescription meds, if my nutritional program didn't completely help me (but he didn't push me to do so). He's aware of Lotronex and newer meds being developed; he thinks the newer meds will be better than Lotronex. - He's not a big fan of the yeast-in-intestine theory, at least in terms of it being a primary causitive factor for problems such as IBS and colitis. However, he did confirm that everybody has yeast all over their bodies, which is generally held at bay by our immune/lymphatic systems. He also admitted that, sure, it sounds fair that yeast could possibly pose some problems for a person whose immune system isn't quite up to par. (But he doesn't seem to hand out antifungals...oh well.) He was straigtforward in admitting that "we" (the med. profession), unfortunately, just doesn't know all there is to know...- He confirmed that for many women, IBS and endo. (and maybe other problems down there) often seem to go hand in hand, esp. because of the proximity of the various organs.- He said, sure, in my case, an overpermeable intestine certainly could have contributed to my great weight loss. He was quite willing to give me a malab. test (D-Xylose sp?) whenever I want one, to check how I'm doing.- Along those same lines, he remains quite open to the possibility that there are other Sprue-like conditions, yet unnamed, out there -- that is, foods other than wheat, maybe preservatives, etc., to which people can grow sensitive and that can cause Sprue-like symptoms. Again, he admitted that "we" don't know all there is to know yet. Refreshing at least.- He has no idea why I am experiencing certain "unique" burning problems in various parts of my body (which I won't go into here right now). Doesn't know the connection. However, again, he said "we" don't know all there is to know about toxins, bacteria, etc.He also gave me a pamphlet about IBS that wasn't half bad! Overall, quite good, actually. He didn't talk down to me but said that I probably already knew more than what was in the brochure. Well, we'd all like to have great answers to all our questions, but as most of us "oldies" have learned, it's up to us to, to some degree, be our own doctors and do our own research. Greater awareness about IBS (and associated disorders) certainly IS needed! But, it does feel better to at least find a doc we like, right, others??!------------------Cultivate gratitude. Believe in possibilities.