Seeking new GI doctor!
September 5, 2010 7:52 AM Subscribe
Can you recommend me a gastroenterologist in Albuquerque, NM who takes BCBS to help me keep tabs on my celiac disease?
posted by runaway ballista to Health & Fitness (2 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Necessary background: I'm 21 years old, female, living as a student in Albuquerque. I got seriously ill early this year and went home to Rhode Island to see my doctors, and was diagnosed with celiac disease by a wonderful gastroenterologist a few months ago. I've been on a gluten free diet since then, my health has vastly improved and I returned to Albuquerque to resume school in July. All seems well, except that (expectedly) I'm still having some complications related to my recovery -- occasional vomiting, nausea, fatigue, and weirdly enough, low blood sugar at least a few times a week -- and I think it'd be a good idea to have a doctor here to help me keep tabs on my recovery since I spend most of the year in NM, and my diagnosing doctor is in RI. I also figure it might be good to try and get a prescription for marinol, since home remedies of coke and ginger don't do a whole lot for when moderate to severe nausea/vomiting sets in.
I was recommended a gastroenterologist at Presbyterian by a friend of mine, but I have Blue Cross and Presbyterian doesn't take my insurance. I tried asking around my social network here some more, but got nowhere, and ended up just calling the Lovelace gastroenterology department for their location on Gibson. I saw the PA for the office and I did not have a great experience. I provided them with a release to get the records and diagnostic results from my GI doc in RI, and told them that I was confident as to why I was having these symptoms (I'm still very early in the gluten free diet and I know I've accidentally glutenized myself several times in getting used to it), but I wanted to keep tabs on my recovery and also possibly look into why I've been getting low blood sugar (I'm not diabetic and there is no history of diabetes in my family) and if it was related to the change in my diet. Unfortunately, he seemed to ignore almost everything I was saying and seemed convinced I've contracted one of the "weird New Mexico bacteria" and ordered tests for it -- and even ordered a celiac disease panel and things my previous doctor had already tested for when I provided him with all of the information he needed to get my diagnosis. He seems to think I was looking for a second opinion or something, which I wasn't; it was kind of a frustrating experience and not the kind I had with my previous GI doctor.
Is this a standard thing when seeking a new GI doctor for an existing condition? My experience in this area is limited, but I think I'd like to find a new doctor who won't prescribe a battery of what feels like unnecessary, unrelated tests. I know my BCBS makes my choices a bit limited here in Albuquerque, but can anyone recommend another doctor? Or should I just bite the bullet and put up with what the PA wants me to do and see if the actual doctor is more reasonable?