The Many Doctors Seen

The Many Doctors Seen
Editor’s note: Columnist Mary Horsley discusses Crohn’s disease, the many doctors seen, and extra-intestinal problems.   How many doctors and other medical professionals do you regularly see? I see many doctors for my many issues. These appointments are for different problems, all rooted in inflammation (like Crohn's disease and IBD): Primary care Gastroenterology (GI) Dermatology Neurology Rheumatology or musculoskeletal clinic Occupational or physical therapy Optometry This doesn't include the many trips to the infusion lab, blood lab, or X-ray lab that I have, plus the pharmacy and mental health appointments. Most appointments are related to inflammation caused by my Crohn's. Crohn’s disease can affect the patient top-to-bottom, from hair to feet, mouth to legs, inside and outside. With a Crohn's diagnosis, the bowels often aren’t the only part of the body to have inflammation manifestations — the entire body is often involved in the suffering. As I mentioned in two previous series, Crohn’s Complications and Beyond the Bathroom, there are many problems beyond the restroom. Complications can happen with any form of autoimmune disease through symptoms and increased sickness risk. Crohn’s disease is host to many, many other troubles, including those that are extra-intestinal. GI and primary care Crohn's disease sufferers commonly visit primary care and GI doctors. They fill us in on our overall health and disease progression or remission, plus order medication and lab work. Dermatologist [caption i
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