That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer to your question. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I discover an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could give you an answer..
Get a new Dr. that WILL listen to you...
The "new" doctor that you've had for a "few yrs now" needs to be replaced. And he needs to know that you are seeking advice elsewhere and why. However, before committing to a new practice, interview the doctor. Most doctors will do this over the phone but in some cases you may have to pay for an office visit. It is worth it. Be very up front in the interview and ask the doctor how interactive s/he will be with you.
Ask if this doctor will also interact with other physicians involved in your health care, e.g., your primary care physician, any other specialists you see, etc. If you do have an actual meeting with the doctor for the "interview" it is helpful for your significant other to attend as well. My first Gastroenterologist was extremely bright and was a pleasure to work with. I had to change doctors though because I could never get answers to questions through his staff. It was like I was bothering them when I would call and I very rarely got a return call..
This is a P.S. to reply #3: Be sure to get copies of your medical records, especially all lab work, to take to your new doctor. New docs LOVE patients who bring information with them to their first appointment...
You have to be your own advocate and speak up when you don't get answers or don't understand things. My son's docs all work together because I make sure they are all informed on what the other is doing. I think you should do what Merf suggested and do make sure you take your most current records to the new doc's appt. Good luck...
I would also say find another dr. I took.
And it didn't help me either. drs visits are expensive so if you are getting satisfaction I would find another dr. Maybe ask you pcp or a friend for a name of a good dr. Good luck..
I think you need a second opinion. I was misdiagnosed with UC when in fact I had Crohn's. If.
Is not helping(it didnt helpme either) then you need to do some.
And look into finding a new doctor. You need to be comfortable and be able to tell him or her what you are going through, they are there to help you. Dont be scared, it may help you feel better to just talk to them about another treatment options...
GET A NEW Doctor!!!.
If you do get a new doc and they dx you with Crohns look into Penn State Univ study of 89% improvement with low dose.
(LDN at 3 - 4.5mg). There is a post with this subject that has more info on this topic..
-No matter what best wishes to you!.
Don't wait go to a new doctor.. one that will listen to you. NO one else know your body better than you. NO one has more to lose from your ill health than you. So stick up for yourself.. your worth it ( :..
NEW DOCTOR TIME!!!.
I tried that med once, it did ZERO to help any symptoms (the D, the pain)..
I was diagnosed in 2006 and after 4 different docs I have found a "home" with my current GI..
Speaking to the pain for a second. Pain, fatigue and depression have run my life since diagnosis...until 2 weeks ago. I went to a pain management doc who prescribed.
I gotta tell you, I feel ,like a new person. I thought.
Was awesome when I started it, and it is. But.
Has eliminated my pain and fatigtue 100%..
Healed me and will hopefully maintain remission, but it is the.
That has given me my life back...