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Unread 07-09-2001, 01:28 PM
seeing the GI guy on Thurs...what can I expect?

Hi girls, well as most of you know, I"m seeing the gastroenterologist on Thurs. for my ongoing pain. My gyn's partner referred me to this fellow when my pain returned after my adhesions removal and after they removed the necrotic tissue from my incision.

I'm just wondering if any of you girls who have been to a GI can tell me what to expect at this appointment.........I am really nervous, firstly because I've never seen one before and lets face it, it might involve my butt and secondly because I had such a hard time of it at the neurologists last week I"m just plain leary!! And thirdly I guess I"m afraid he won't take me seriously and give me the brush off just when my pain is once again getting past the manageable point.

What did your GI do when you went for your first appt. and so on????
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Unread 07-09-2001, 01:43 PM
seeing the GI guy on Thurs...what can I expect?

Gidge,
I doubt that he'll do anything to your butt on your first visit. At least I've never had that happen to me. He will probably feel around on your tummy alot and ask where it hurts. Than he will probably ask you a cazillion questions. My experience has been that they ask alot about your bowel habits, and what seems to make it worse, anything make it better, etc.

Good luck Gidge, I will be think about you on Thursday. And will be waiting impatiently <tapping foot > to hear how it went.

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Unread 07-09-2001, 01:44 PM
hi Gidge

Guess what you can take a deap breath and relax the first visit really is nothing ! I've been several times for yrs i'v had some really good gasteroligist and some i don't care for!
Ok most the time on the first visit they just do your history, ask you how you feel sometimes they do do a check-up heart lungs and yes a rectal exime sometimes they don't it depends on the dr. most the time they scedule test for a later date like a colonoscopy !
If it helps any i'm going to have to find a new on soon . really gidge hang in there you will be fine!
Love colette
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Unread 07-09-2001, 01:48 PM
seeing the GI guy on Thurs...what can I expect?

thanks girls, and that sure is a relief about the "butt" thing

I hope he doesn't want to do a colonoscopy, things are so behind here in B.C. right now because of the nurse's strike that it would probably be a 5mth wait at least.........and I wouldn't even consider doing it "awake" so that would probably take longer to get time for........all to probably find out that they have to refer me on to the General Surgeon for adhesions......I guess they proabably have to do the bowel studies first tho?????

I think I would rather have the colonoscopy then a barium enema everyone says they are just terrible..........yipe yipe yipe
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Unread 07-09-2001, 02:53 PM
GI stuff

Dear gidge,
Hugs for you. I understand being nervous about this cause I had my first appointment with a GI doc in May and I was really scared. At the first visit he asked me a lot of questions, and yes he did do a rectal exam but it wasn't that bad. He also pressed down a lot on my tummy and that hurt. After the first visit I had to have the upper GI series, which meant I had to drink awful chalky like barium stuff and have x-rays. I also had small bowel series which meant drinking more of the stuff, waiting and then more x-rays. These tests for me came out normal. Then I had the colonoscopy on June 29 - it was a six week wait between the first visit and the colonoscopy. The bowel prep for it was truly awful. Unfortunately, I had gas pains for 4 days afterward and had to walk a lot and take Gas-X. Most people have a better recovery time from the colonoscopy than I did. I was sedated for the procedure and that itself was not so bad. It was the prep and the after effects that were awful. After all these GI tests I have IBS and diverticulosis! I just came back from seeing my urogyn and I will be having surgery Aug. 13. I will put that info in a separate post. I'm sorry you are going through this but it seems you have to in order to rule stuff out. Hang in there!
Love, Light, Blessings
Druid
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Unread 07-09-2001, 04:01 PM
Good GI website

Hi again,
I forgot to include this in my post. My GI doc has a very good website with tons of info about all kinds of GI stuff. The address is www.gihealth.com. Maybe this will help you.
Love, Light, Blessings
Druid
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Unread 07-10-2001, 07:21 AM
Hey Gidge!

The specialist I went to on friday is an internalist / GI guy. I took all my records with me from the birth of my kids to recent, the CT scan, ultrasounds. My GYN also had faxed him some info so he read all that the night before. Looked at my belly, poked it, OUCH!, asked a cazillion and one questions (sorry Kim couldn't resist it-- ha ha), went and looked at films, came back with an answer and yes it is the ovaries. Imagine that! I never even removed one article of clothing, which I wish they would have when they weighed me at least!! I wish you the very best on Thursday my thoughts and prayers are with ya! I hope it is as easy for you as it turned out for me. I had the same 'butt' fear you have. Keep smilin' and take it easy.
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Unread 07-10-2001, 08:30 AM
seeing the GI guy on Thurs...what can I expect?

thanks guys

I am just antsy about this and sure hope he takes my pain seriously.......lets get the show on the road I say, Druid I will check out that link you gave me, thanks alot!!

If anyone else has any helpful pointers please let me know......I just want to get this pain gone and I don't care what it takes.......how long did everyone have to wait for their colonoscopy???
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Unread 07-10-2001, 08:41 AM
seeing the GI guy on Thurs...what can I expect?

Gidge,
My first and second (and last ) colonscopies were scheduled within about a week. The colonscopy isn't a major procedure so I don't think it's like scheduling a surgery.

That reminds me I still need to call and check on the other tests the doc wants to do.

Here's your for this morning.
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Unread 07-10-2001, 08:45 AM
seeing the GI guy on Thurs...what can I expect?

thanks for the Kim, I needed that, keep 'em coming
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