Hi everyone! I thought I'd check in here and give you an update. It's been 2 months since I've heard anything from the doctor who was trying to get the pill cam authorized and I feel like I've hit a wall with him. He hasn't given me any indication that he is willing to do any more tests or move in a different direction. The pill cam has been denied twice by my HMO, so I am not really sure what to do.
Because I am hitting a wall with this current doctor and I feel like he has basically given up on me, I decided it was time to move on. I saw a new primary care doctor recently after my other one was moved from PC to hospitalist care and told her about my issues. She suggested seeing someone in the group that I saw my former doctor in, which was very much against, but I wasn't sure I had another choice. There aren't many GI doctors around here that aren't in that group. Plus, when you are established with one doctor, they give you hell if you try to switch to another. I also had a REALLY bad experience with a doctor in that group in December, right before I was admitted to the psychiatric unit for suicidal ideations because of having to deal with so much medical crap and feeling like no one cared. I'm in a MUCH better place mentally, thank GOD, and I'm in therapy and on the right medication, so there is no risk that will happen again.
Anyway, I went ahead with the referral and called the group. I knew to expect that I would have to talk them out of trying to schedule me with the last doctor I saw. There was no way on God's green earth I would EVER see her again after the way I felt I was treated. She kept telling me there was nothing wrong with me and I didn't need anymore tests. But my last GI doctor did the IBD tests which noted antibodies in my bloodstream. I basically had to plead with the representative to change my doctor, but I did not get scheduled with the one I wanted to see - she would not be available until October. I decided to see a different one who is available next month on the 21st and, from reading his reviews on Healthgrades and Vitals, he is very highly recommended.
The weird thing is that I remembered, after getting the appointment, that there is another group of GI specialists associated with the local university hospital that my insurance covers. I have never been to the university hospital for treatment so I'm not sure it's any good, but I'm thinking of looking at the doctor's profiles to see if they specialize in IBD and what kind of reviews they receive on HG and Vitals.
Hopefully, this new doctor on the 21st of August can figure something out. I am so tired of having symptoms and not getting any relief. All the medicine the doctors have given me and everything I've tried over the counter for my diarrhea has not worked. I have to be very careful about what I eat, too, or I get symptoms.