Dr doesn't seem interested
I switched to my current GI because my last GI didn't seem to take me seriously. At the time I was crying almost daily due to pain. The new GI seemed excited to help me, but that quickly faded once a colonoscopy and small bowel series came back fairly normal.
History: 37 yr old female, typically healthy/healthy weight, etc. Recurring abdominal pain with a gallbladder removal in Nov 07 due to a non functioning gallbladder (no stones). They had thought that was the cause of my on/off years of pain. The pain became constant after removal. I've had weight loss (40 lbs total so far, still losing). The pain is now intermittent again, only every 2-3 weeks as of 3 months ago, but now it is followed by upper left quadrant pain. This is a pressure pain, as if someone is pressing into my ribs. This lasts about a week then fades. I have had 2-3 bouts of stabbing pain (fall to my knees pain) in that area with the pressure pain following. I have occasional nausea (severe) that is not associated with the pain.
I had stopped seeing doctors months ago due to lack of care. After a bad bout of cramps and LUQ pain a couple of weeks ago I started up again. The GI nurse was rude and said the doctor did not have any office hours available and is out of office all summer. I asked what I was supposed to do! She didn't like that I might switch doctors so she said he ordered a ct scan and blood work, which was done early Friday morning. I thought for sure the CT scan would show something!
I called her today and she said to HER it looked OK but the doctor has not read it yet. I asked when I would speak to him and she said typically I would not. Uh what? So I asked if I could, she said she would put in a request. That is insane.
I googled the blood work they did and none of it included pancreatic enzymes, etc. They don't seem to be considering my biliary system or pancreas when it seems clear that needs to be checked out.
What am I doing wrong here in regards to getting adequate health care? I just feel like I am running in circles. I know that this is not in my head and something is wrong.
PS when I mentioned to her that I was having diarrhea since the CT scan with contrast she said it could be because I had a moderate amount of stool and my body was responding to that. Forget the fact that it's noted the contrast can make you have diarrhea for a couple days after drinking it on many web sites. I have only had BMs 2-3x a week my entire life and I rarely, if ever, have diarrhea. I am not confident in her suggestions and I despise her attitude.. however, when I DID see the doctor he was very nice and did seem concerned (6 months ago). I forgot to tell her I was having severe nausea all weekend (and still today) and I haven't told her of the weight loss because I forgot (but she's "trained and knows all the ?s to ask"). I hate switching doctors and I have a fear of coming across as a hypochondriac - but this has to stop, I have to find an answer.
Last edited by ZoeGirl; 06-16-2008 at 05:31 PM.