I have Crohn's disease and I'm nervous about asking my gastroenterologist for a medical marijuana recommendation. How should I go about asking? (wa)

Not everyone. Not everyone is pro marijuana. The best way to approach it is to just come right out and ask. Be honest and straight forward. Keep an open line of communication with your physician. Just like with any relationship, communication is the key to a successful doctor patient relationship.
Just do it. Make a case for your use of the drug, including what other drugs have not done for you, as well as side-effects. Support your request with medical data attesting to its utility in conditions like yours. This doesn't have to be full medical articles but medically oriented articles on the subject from respectable journals for mass circulation.

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What is your view of medical marijuana for treating Crohn's disease?

Useful for symptoms& Preliminary research shows marijuana is very effective in relieving the symptoms of crohn's and can reduce need for meds. High-cbd strains may reduce inflammation & modulate immune function without being psychoactive! see http://www.Projectcbd.Org/ -click on "medicine" then "crohn's." also see http://www.Medicann.Com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/summer2010.Pdf on the benefits of juicing cannabis! Read more...
Mixed bag. I agree with dr. Baker, but see in my chronic illness counseling practice lots of pot use, because some GI docs are routinely recommending it to young patients. This is a pain reliever right now; not a cure. Heavy pot use stops people from working on other issues (family, work) that may be fueling the inflammation, not good. Long term use also presupposes that chronic pain (inflammation) is ok. Read more...

What screening test (s) does a gastroenterologist us to determine the diagnosis for colitis and Crohn's disease?

The first step. is a complete history, physical examination and basic lab tests (Blood Count, Chemistries) There is no BLOOD SCREENING test for these disease. A stool examination may be helpful( testing for occult blood) Routine genetic testing (HLA chromosomes etc) is NOT recomended. The next step for most Gastroenterologists is ENDOSCOPY (Lower and Upper) which can be done in ONE session (painless nowadays) Z. Read more...

How does a gastroenterologist treat Crohn's disease?

Crohns. can be treated with mesalamine or Asacol or sulfasalazine, acute or severe cases can be treated with steroids or steroid sparing drugs like azathoprine or cyclosporine or biologic agents. Read more...
Many approaches. Treatment depends upon the stage, extent and symptoms that the patient is experiencing. Steroids are often used for acute flares. Drugs like sulfasalazine are often used to try and induce remission. Antibiotics are sometimes needed. Antidiarrheal medications are often used. If disease is severe or if there are fistulas or fissures, surgery is frequently needed to remove a part of the colon. Read more...
Treatment. A good gastroenterologist pairs the strength of medical treatment with the aggressiveness of the disease using either an immunomodulator (methotrexate, 6MP) or a biologic (Remicade, Humira, (adalimumab) Entyvio). But it's also important to frequently monitor whether the medication is actually working to heal the intestine. . Read more...