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I AM SO PISSED OFF, I'VE BEEN READING THESE BOARDS FOR AWHILE AND GOTTEN TO KNOW AND RESPECT ALOT OF YOU GUYS AND GALS. I THOUGHT I COULD HAVE HAD IBS OR SOMETHING. SORRY SO LONG BUT HERE IS MY STORY. I STARTED HAVING STOMACH PROBS. MAYBEE EIGHT MONTHS AGO SO I GO TO THE FIRST DOC. THIS DOC DOES NO TEST. JUST ASK ME A FEW QUESTIONS AND THEN BOOM!!!!,IM ON PREVECID.I TAKE THE MED. COME BACK AND TELL DOC NOTHING HAS CHANGED.THEN BAM!!!!, NEW MED SO I CHANGED DOCS. TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT, I WENT THROUGH 4 DOCS THAT ALL DID THE SAME THING WITH NO TEST OVER A 6 MONTH PERIOD. FINALLY I GOT FED UP AND WENT TO A GI DOC WITHOUT A REFERAL(LUCKY MY INSURANCE LETS ME DO THAT) HE WAS SHOCKED AT MY STORY ABOUT THE OTHER DOCS AND SAID THEY SHOULD HAVE RECOMMENDED TEST. ANYWHO, HE GAVE ME AN ENDOSCOPY AND FOUND OUT I HAD A HIATAL HURNIA,ACID REFLUX,AND GASTRITUS. HE TOOK A BIOPSY OF MY STOMACH AND FOUND OUT I HAVE A BACTERIAL INFECTION. I HAVE HAD THIS THE WHOLE TIME WITH ALL THE OTHER DOCS AND I COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER BY NOW IF THEY JUST TOOK THE TIME TO CARE AND DO THEIR DAMN JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SHAME ON THEM
PLEASE RESPOND PEOPLE.
 

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It is amazing how many people with IBS don't go to GI's but instead go to GP's. If there is one lesson to be learned from this is that one needs to go to a Gastroenterologist and get all the tests done to rule out ther conditions. I would suggest that everyone with D get the Fructose Intolerance test done if there is a place close by which does it.
 
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I can't imagine going to a GP or a Family Practicioner for digestive problems...seems the idea is for all patients to leave with some kind of Rx!! Its expected I guess...But I for one don't want medicine..I want to know what the heck is causing my problem....then decide on a course of action.
 

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The sad thing is that most of us need to go to a GP first because of insurance. I had to have a GP refer me to a GI, or I would have had to pay it ALL out of pocket. It took me three GPs to actually get one to refer me! If we all were lucky enough to be able to see a GI off the bat, I'm sure life would be a lot easier!Amy
 

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Yes, unfortunately HMO's are the gatekeepers to specialized care, and I for one can't afford the rising cost of PPO's. I do have a gastro that I get referrals to see, unfortunately he isn't a prescribing lotronex doctor and keeps telling me it's because the GlaxcoSmithklein rep hasn't been to his office. When I told him that I found a prescribing doctor(found on the Doctors for Lotronex web site in my state) he began questioning me about how this doctor was able to become a prescribing lotronex phys. When I asked him if he'd like this doctors name and number to call to discuss this he outright declined. I aslo explanied to him that he can call Glaxo and sign up. He is going to wait for the rep to reschedule. This is so nuts. Something tells me he could be doing so much more to get his patients back on lotronex. He's the one who introduced me to lotronex a few years ago. I have lost faith in him and my PCP who also doesn't seem to know anything about lotronex. I explained to both of them that Walgreens pharmacy is now dispensing lotronex and all I need is a participating doctor.
 

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i feel your pain may. its a shame that now adays most doctors seem like a bunch of pill pushing copay hustling drug dealers for te insurance company. im sorry for what you are going through and i hope it works out. i wish i could let you borrow my ppo for 30 days
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Oh....this is a topic that gets me going!TWI146 I am so glad that you persisted on your own. These days more than ever we need to be in control and take control of our health and keep pushing until we are satisfied. I don't care what Doctor's think as I have had seen many horrible ones also. HMO's have killed many people and it is unfortunate what we have to go through and endure to get them to listen.I can remember writing a letter to my HMO many years ago placing them in full responsibiltiy if something happened to me because they wouldn't refer me to a specialist that I needed to see. Soon after they got my letter they approved the specialist. It is just ridiculous.I am so mad right now because I have a friend who has cancer that was written off one too many times as stress by several Dr.'s. It just infuriates me to no end. I sit here and think if only she had the tests, if only a Dr. took her symptoms seriously maybe just maybe she would not be in this situation right now.She finally saw my GI Dr. and he immediately did the tests and found the cancer. I have had Dr.'s tell me that I need to get out of "my bubble" when I requested certain tests or bloodwork. They treat patient's as though we are stupid, neurotic, or invisible. I won't deal with the gatekeeper's anymore. It is not worth it. My last experience was a few years ago when I herniated a disc in my neck. I went to see my GP and he refused to send me on to an Ortho or a Neurologist. I said I really think something else is going on with the pain level that I am having and with none of the meds working. He saw me at least 5x and wouldn't even order an MRI himself. I finally became IRATE with him and he wrote the referral to the Ortho who did the tests and found the herniation. TWI146 -- I am glad you finally got some results and treatment. I would write a letter about these Dr.'s and send along copies of your diagnosis and treatment plan to the HMO etc.Don't ever let HMO's tell you you can't have something that you want to have!I saw a friend of mine who is Dr. recently and he was telling me a story where he had a sick kid that he needed to send home with a ventilator...The HMO said NO we do not pay for ventilator's...He said oh yes you will! They went round and round and he finally said then OK you will pay for this kid to say in the hospital indefinitely because he needs to be on a ventilator. They paid for and approved the ventilator for home.
 

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The thing that ticks me off is that they are working for us...who the heck do they think they are really????? That's okay, my GP is like a freakin celebrity..I haven't seen him in about 5 years...I usually get the nurse practitioner who I refuse now, so I get another doctor who I don't like. I don't know about all Nurse Pract. but the one iI get has no clue what the heck she is doing. SHE gave me the IBS diagnosis after running back and forth to my doctor rattling off symptoms. That was my diagnosis. Oh and i was given over the counter meds. for heartburn (which I don't have???) They did have a Gallbladder ultrasound done and that was it...for al I know I could have colon cancer, crohn's or endo or all three. I have new insurance and I am changing docs. I went the "no referral" route and I plan to go to a GI for the first time in my life...and I also plan on going to an endocrinologist. My doctor can kiss my malfunctioning IBS related body part
 

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quote: ENDOSCOPY AND FOUND OUT I HAD A HIATAL HURNIA,ACID REFLUX,AND GASTRITUS. HE TOOK A BIOPSY OF MY STOMACH AND FOUND OUT I HAVE A BACTERIAL INFECTION.
I couldn't agree with you more!! It is a crock of sh*t (no pun intended). Like you, an endoscopy revealed an infection and gastritis.But I went to 5 GI's before one decided that I should be scoped!! 5 GIs!! Isn't that insane. I'm glad I kept at it. I refused to accept that it was all in my head or a "nervous" stomach. I got treated for the infection and have slowly begun to feel better.I totally understand where you are coming from. The physicians are failing their patients miserably. Something's got to change!Stacey
 

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Thanks everyone! Your thoughts are right on! On a positive note it is a blessing for me to know that I am not alone in my disappointment with doctors. A doctor friend of my father told him that in America there are doctors and then there are good doctors. I'm switching my medical group in hopes that I can find a good doctor who will refer me to a good GI, gyne and endocrinologist. Next year, I hope to participate in a PPO. It is beyond my comprehension that I live in one of the greatest democratic countries in the world, but am spending the prime of my life living in near isolation because I can't get relief for my IBS. Where is the freedom in this?
 

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MAE, SORRY BOUT DA MISSPELLED NAME EARLIER. IM GLAD THAT IM NOT THE ONLYONE WHO HATES GP DOCS. I THINK IM GONNA TRY TO START A "KICK A BAD DOCTORS AZZ
"DAY. WHAT DO YALL THINK? I LOVE U ALL AND WISH EVERYBODY THE BEST. AS LONG AS WE KEEP PUSHING, THE BAD DOCS WILL HAVE TO BACK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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