I’m Going There

I’m all too aware that this is going to be TMI for many people so this is your warning. If you don’t want to hear about  my bodily functions, turn back now.

No really.

Also, in advance, this is a really wordy post (again). Sorry, I’m not sorry.

So if you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw my rantings this morning about the doctor’s office.

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I’m getting really really tired of the doctors. I went about 6 weeks ago and just decided I should probably follow up (you know, as part of this whole “getting my shit together” kick I’m on).

In order to adequately portrait the level of frustration you have to realize that I have been dealing with this issue for two years now. And because there is just no better way to put it, I’m just going to say it.

I’ve had chronic diarrhea for that entire time frame basically.

Do you feel sorry for me yet?

You should.

Are you thinking why the eff haven’t you done anything about it?

Valid point. Let’s get to that.

The first 8 months of it, I didn’t have any health insurance. So I coped. It’s not debilitating or anything, mostly just annoying.

Then in August of 2009,  finally got insurance on my own, out of pocket and went to the doc.

If you are a “long time” reader, you may recall my phat diet and barium testing I went through last year. I’ve crapped in more cups (and paint cans, oh yes I did.) than I care to admit. And I’ve even maintained a Poop Diary.

After a few months of testing, yes months, and 3 doctors later, I was given some $6 antibiotic that seemed to do the trick… for a few months.

So now, we’re into early 2010. Feb, March, my mind is totally preoccupied with wedding planning. And I was frustrated that the issue hadn’t been solved and wasn’t thrilled to go back to the same doctor (that had freezing hands nonetheless) so I decided to hold off until the madness died down, waited until I got new insurance (yay for married life!) which took way longer than I thought it would have and then set myself with a new doc over here in Kitsap County.

I went to the doc. I’ve asked for referrals to dietitians, I’ve asked for allergy tests. And it is always dismissed. She prescribed me some antibiotics. They didn’t work at all this time.

So earlier this week, I called asking for a referral to a specialist. I even spoke with a nurse. THEY MADE ME COME IN TODAY AND SIT THERE FOR AN HOUR, TAKE MY $25 COPAY and then all she does is give me a referral to a specialist without looking at my chart  that I asked for on the phone two days prior.

Really.

I mean, really?

So anyway, I have an appointment with another specialist in a week and a half so maybe someone will actually read my chart and be able to figure out what the hell is going on.

So you want to know the best part?

Of course you do.

She told me I should self-medicate with immodium.

Yep, she went there.

Needless to say, I’ll not be visiting her again. And I’m out another $25.Oh, and my boss’s wife apparently went to her before and vowed she’ll never be returning. I wish he would have told me that before he recommended that clinic.

Here’s hoping doctor #5 will be able to figure something out?

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6 Responses

  1. That doctor really sucks big time. Hope you can find a decent one and figure out what’s going on.

  2. Sounds about right. I’ve seen several people for an issue and I seriously think that they just wanted me to pay a copay for EVERY VISIT. God.

  3. I went through that same run around. For the same issues. Quit eating gluten and now I’m all better…except for when I get cross-contaminated in restaurants.

  4. […] I went to the GI specialist (see why here) and I must say that this doctor was much more thorough than the last. Thank […]

  5. My husband has the same problem. they gave him a probiotic. It didnt work. He eats immodium like candy. Have you been tested for Crohns Disease? Keep us updated.

    • I have been tested and I’m negative, thank goodness. Symptoms have been reduced to maybe 1-2x a week just by changing my diet.

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