I couldn't agree with you more. My first GI doc was totally obnoxious. He would sit and tell me I wasn't experiencing what I was experiencing. I finally just had enough, and fired him. I asked my PCP (a wonderful doc) to recommend a GI doc that would LISTEN to me, and after giving it some thought, he recommended another one, who was much, much better. He would listen...really listen to what I had to say. And didn't tell me I wasn't experiencing what I was experiencing.
That said, he didn't really understand how little reflux can affect asthmatic lungs, and dragged his feet for years in regards to surgery. My PCP was pulling his hair out in frustration, as he was certain my reflux was raising havoc with my lungs.
He finally referred me to a surgeon himself. At that point, I went back to my GI doc, with the additional testing. At that point he told me I could continue with meds (seriously. meds. my lungs were in "life-threatening condition according to my PCP) or he'd refer me to a surgeon. Three weeks later I had the surgery, and after 3 months of healing, my lungs were 100% better.
My asthma/allergy doc has allergies, and is much more understanding. Good luck finding someone who has empathy and will take you seriously. Perhaps your PCP can help find the right person for you. Don't give up!
Hang in there!
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“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”