Hey there, I posted to you in the Anxiety Forum. One way to get your Dr. to listen to you is to make a list - a reasonable list of the high points you want to cover with him. If he talks to you in terms you do not understand please ask him to repeat what he said in layman's terms. If you have an appointment scheduled for 40 minutes you have the right to have his full attention for 40 minutes barring a life threatening incident in the clinic.
Make your questions brief and in a forthright manner ask the Dr. if you would be a candidate for surgery due to your severe LPR. Also ask for a referral to a surgeon is he is not one.
Remember you have the right to seek second opinions so do advocate for yourself.
I agree with your therapist - you cannot compare yourself with others but you can learn what helped others that have symptoms similiar to your own. Also you can find support and caring by talking with others who suffer the same disorder as you.
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