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Dr. Michael Brown, MD is a gastroenterology doctor who practices in Chicago, IL. He is 61 years old and has been practicing for 36 years. Dr. Brown is affiliated with Rush University Medical Center.
The big thing on my part is education. It s explaining things that other physicians have not had the time to do. Education takes time. It s not an efficient process. And when you ve had all the tests done and they re all negative. And you ve been given a diagnosis of a functional bowel disease, like irritable bowel syndrome and then just told to live with it or deal with it, it s very difficult for patients, particularly since there s no diagnostic test that shows you have that. You have to buy into that diagnosis based on the physicians statement of such. And without any background, it s a black box and patients don t understand it. So to me it s all about education, making sure they understand why they have symptoms, where those symptoms come from, and once patients sort of own the disease and understand it, I find that then they re more willing to work with it, the symptoms aren t as scary, they re not as effecting of their quality of life. I think they understand then how the medications might work. Some medications that don t work so well when you don t understand the disease state, do work a little better when you do. So it s all about communication. It s about education. It s about self-management. It s about collaboration. I m not an authoritative-type physician. I don t dictate care. It really has to be a collaboration with me.