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other than a GI that's covered by your plan, how did you pick someone who knows, really really knows, about Celiac?

thanks very much in advance for your thoughts and stuff

-rg

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other than a GI that's covered by your plan, how did you pick someone who knows, really really  knows, about Celiac?

thanks very much in advance for your thoughts and stuff

-rg

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1) determine if you really really need them to know about celiac - I'm assuming in this case, you're looking for additional testing, and do. a general GP may not need to know as much about it to treat your health otherwise, however.

2) call and ask if the often treat that condition

3) schedule an appointment, go in, ask questions, get a feel for the doc, then decide if you want to hire him/her on a longer basis

4) find if there is a local celiac support group and ask them for recommendations

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i met with a GI on wednesday.

i didn't get the feeling that she knew so much about celiac, but at least she suggested that i also go the the celiac center at NY presberterian. she said the blood tests aren't that specific, and a biopsy is the gold standard. she also said if the biopsy is negative, the diagnosis is negative. hmmmm, i've read differently, but whatever...

so she's setting me up for an endoscopy, and the office mgr type has me sign something saying that i know that the anestesiologist they use isn't in my plan, and that the anestesioloigist may cost me up to 300 bucks.

so now, i have an appointment set with a different GI (recommended by my endocrinologist) who uses anestesiologists from my plan.

so the last appt was a waste of time.

why post this?

so that others, when chosing a dr, will ask the anesthesiologist they use, to see if they are in the plan as well.

anyway, this pushes out any diagnosis until at least christmas.

being asymptomatic, i'm not going to complain

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In addition to what's already been mentioned, I recommend looking into a doctor that is affiliated with your local hospital. I have great experiences with my doctors, which work at a nearby hospital...they seem to be more apt to be up on recent research, education. They also have specialities, much of the time. Ck into the GI clinic or program at your hospital, call and ask about their experience with Celiac. I also rec using a local group for references too. This might help too,: http://www.celiac.com/st_main.html?p_catid=22 http://www.enabling.org/ia/celiac/#support

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In addition to what's already been mentioned, I recommend looking into a doctor that is affiliated with your local hospital. I have great experiences with my doctors, which work at a nearby hospital...they seem to be more apt to be up on recent research, education. They also have specialities, much of the time. Ck into the GI clinic or program at your hospital, call and ask about their experience with Celiac. I also rec using a local group for references too. This might help too,: http://www.celiac.com/st_main.html?p_catid=22 http://www.enabling.org/ia/celiac/#support

I'm a little off topic (sort of) but I went to the doctor listings on Celiac.com (Jen knows the great Doctor problems in my life) and all the listings were so old ...like 908 area code which has not been used except for cell phones since the early 90s in NJ (and all the phone numbers listed with the doctors in NJ were "out of service"). Someone really needs to keep that updated. I was so frustrated I contacted a celiac specialist at the Mayo Clinic to give me a decent referal.

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That stinks Bridget... Maybe you could e-mail Scott, administrator about that... Mayo is another good place to get doctor ideas too...

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