The Many Doctors Seen

The Many Doctors Seen
It Could Be Worse - Horsley 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
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