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Unread 06-23-2004, 01:00 PM
visit to the colorectal surgeon.....


You wait so long for these appts, you finally see the doc and he's sounds like a real jerk. I really do think the metamucil is not just for constipation, per se. Do run it by your GP as it would be great if something so simple would help you out.

You know I probably would have said something really off color to the doctor in response to the rectum/vagina remark. Something in the line of my not being interested in his private preferences. I am such a smart mouth, especially when they give me the ammo.

Lots of s for you, darlin!!!!
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Unread 06-23-2004, 01:14 PM
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GIDGE, your probably right, that just because he has a bad bed side mannor doesnt really make him a bad doctor. My brother who was in a horrible accident 12 years ago made him paralyzed from the waist down . He told me with all the doctors he see's the ones who are the most arogent are the best ones he found . He said the bed side mannor is real bad with these doctors but he also said they were the ones who saved his life. So I guess go with your gut. Good luck
Unread 06-23-2004, 02:21 PM
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well ya know my comebacks aren't what they used to be since the ovaries went away.....seems I"ve lost my fire I just sat there stunned when he said that, I was appalled....

I'll talk to my GP and see what he says, I don't know what to do I know I should have the test, how will I ever know if there is a defect if I don''s just he was such a jerk I don't trust his diagnostic abilities either.......

wouldn't it be nice if I just didn't have to see anymore doctors?
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Unread 06-23-2004, 04:31 PM
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Gidge, I'm with you sister. I will walk through fire before I see my colo-rectal doc again. If I ever have to see her shrug her shoulders at me when I ask her about my pain, I swear there could be a homicide.

I followed her recommendations and still I have pain.
Unread 06-23-2004, 04:34 PM
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YES....can I have an AMEN............thank-you....I agree if we have to be humilliated with these exams the least they could do is be civilized when they talk to us
Unread 06-24-2004, 08:40 AM
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I wish you did not view this exam as humiliating. Shame on him for acting in a way that contributed to this feeling.

Try to remember he looks at that area of the body all the time and it is the specialty of medicine he chose to practice. To him it is not much different than looking at your arm or your leg. Seen one, seen them all. I think because they become accustomed to it, some of them forget that it is an invasion of privacy issue for some of their patients.

Most of my gyns have examined me rectally at my annual exam or whenever I have issues. In fact, I have had simultaneous vaginal and rectal exams by gyns to find scar tissue in the cul de sac area. Not comfortable, but not humilating either, as the docs have been quite professional and matter of fact about it. So, it seems reasonable that a GI specialist would find it useful to exam you vaginally as well as rectally. Maybe this doc just has too many issues of his own and perhaps you should consider asking to be referred to someone different and frankly, more thorough.

I hope you do find a doctor who can make you feel comfortable, cared for and will fix your problems!!!! I'd ship Dr. Charming to you if I could.
Unread 06-24-2004, 09:43 AM
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thanks Michelle......that's what my gut is telling me to do.....he wasn't very thorough and some of the things he said were so off in left field it wasn't even funny!

I haven't been examined in that way since 2001 if you can believe it!!
Unread 06-26-2004, 07:18 PM
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(((Gidge))) ,
Theres not much I can add here but I did want you to know that I'm here for support & thinking of you, my friend

Unread 06-28-2004, 10:02 AM
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thanks Sheri, I spoke with my GP on Sat and he said I will most likely be in for my bladder work before they even call for the test for my bowel....and if they call beforehand tell them you'd like to wait until afterward and that way I"ll know whether it's my IC or IBS or what......and he said if I can tolerate the Metamucil and there isn't anything I'm allergic to in it (have to find a completel list of ingredients somehow) then trying a small dose certainly wouldn't hurt anything.........

so that's my plan, now I"m dealing with this stupid phlebitis thing.....(see other post) and don't know what's going to happen to my HRT.....yikes
Unread 07-05-2004, 11:38 PM
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Hey Gidge...
I just read your post. I had a similar experience with a colorectal surgeon. I was sent there by my pelvic surgeon as he feared along with my rectocele, I had damage to my outer spincter muscle around my rectum and said this was something I would need the other Dr to fix before he could do my rectocele and cystocele repairs. So I freaked out... something more is wrong with me now? It was embarassing in the first place just having the exam there the way they bend you in half with your butt up in the air!! Then he asked me why I was there. (Shouldn't someone have asked me that before he came in for the exam?) I told him I was referred by my specialist and he said, "Well there isn't anything wrong with you that I can see. Your muscles are weak. Do some Kegels and come back to see me in about six months." Also told me about taking Metamucil... which I did ONCE because it constipated me and I had no problems with constipation before that. He almost made me feel like a hypocondriac... and then to top it off, on my way out the door the nurse scheduled me for a sigmoidoscopy. When I asked what I need that for she told me that it was a mandatory test the Dr always does on all his patients. I don't consider myself HIS patient so I said I didn't need it and have not went back there. Sometimes I think these Drs forget that going there to US is not an everyday thing as it is to them. Sorry you had to go through that. I understand how you felt!!!

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