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Establishing a Team of Doctors

One of the more important subjects for those with IBD or any sort of autoimmune disease is establishing the right team of doctors. Finding good ones, keeping them, and developing a relationship that allows for a sense of trust, which I feel is hard to come by these days.  Let’s face it, if you’re reading this, it’s not likely that you are going to be the “once a year for my annual physical” type of a patient.  You’re much more likely to be the “I need your cell phone number, vacation schedule and access to your Outlook calendar” kind.  And it’s not just one doctor you’re looking for, but likely a combination of two or even four that must talk not only to you, but to each other, to make sure everyone, including the patient, is on the same page.  This is a tremendous feat and involves a pretty kick ass Primary Care Physician.  Make no mistake about it: you will need an excellent GI doc, possibly a skilled surgeon and maybe even a hematologist, …

Welcome!!!!

I suppose I should preface any of my posts by making it clear that there is a lot of information out there on Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in general. There are books and websites that focus on areas ranging from what to expect when you’re newly diagnosed to different diets that are recommended to treat the symptoms.  This is not one of those, though I may post information about these subjects from time to time.  By no means am I attempting to discourage you from reading any of this information, as I firmly believe that informed decisions are a hell of a lot better than uninformed ones.  I would strongly advise anyone with IBD to read as much and as often about the disease, research and treatments as you can.  Read the monotonous stuff about medical trials.  Read the studies on the effects varied diets have had on the symptoms.  Read about alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, massage therapy, medicinal marijuana and chiropractic care.  Find good doctors that you trust …