From: Ginny King (
Tue Oct 12 18:02:31 1999

Hi Chris,

Well, I guess we both had a not so hot experience with the pain management doctor. I felt like, OK so you only treat skeletal disorders, then why don't you investigate that further with me since it is known that I have arthritis and fusion of the lower lumbar and sacrum? Why don't we investigate whether this could be causing or aggravating my pain? He just passed me back to the gi and said he did not want to comment on what others have diagnosed! The first five minutes of my time with him he asked me some questions and then got up to leave the room so that I could change for an examination. I told my husband then that I had been dismissed. My husband got angry with me and asked why I would think that. But I knew, I have been through it enough to know when the doctors have made up their minds about you and are not listening any longer. When he came back in, I was of course correct. The last few doctors appointments are the first that my husband has gone with me. I hope he is beginning to understand now why I get so upset and feel so hopeless at times. I'll be interested to see what Tina comes up with regarding fiber. I know that I can't tolerate it. Back before they diagnosed the Crohn's and were calling it IBS (even with the bleeding) the doctor had me on a high fiber diet and I was so sick when I tried it that I only lasted a couple of weeks. The pain was unbearable. I don't know much about the Zone but I do know people who have been on Atkin's. They are allowed to eat all the meat, cheese, eggs, nuts etc. that they can possibly consume during the "induction" period, then they slowly add back some vegetables and fruits etc. Very high protein and fat. The principal is to throw you into "ketosis" which is supposed to burn fat. I have heard a lot of doctors trash this diet as dangerous. My friends all regained the weight plus some when they came out of the induction period. I have always kept my weight down through exercise ( being sick so much keeps it down as well) so I have never experimented with any of these diets to see if they work or if I would feel better. I only know that when I am on vacation and eat poorly I feel better??? Maybe for me it is because it balances my sugar levels better. Who knows. Take care. Ginny

Ginny King

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