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I'm new here. Just wanted to know if anyone else is having problems dealing with their gastrologists like I am.

I'm a 36 year old male who has been suffering from acid reflux for the past 5 years. None of the pills (nexium, prevacid, or protonix) have helped dealing with my pain. I've seen 3 different gastrologists who have told me there is nothing they can do and that an operation is out of the question since it is recommended for those who respond to the pills. I've asked what could be causing my problem, but they all state that their job is to 'treat the symptoms' and don't look for the cause of the problem. I've begged my primary care physician to give me an mri or catscan to help determine what's going on, but he refused stating that my reflux is probably psychological or from stress.

Well 5 years later, I stating having abdominal pains and my stool starting becoming long and thin with each bowel movement. I also had bouts of diarreah at times. I go to another gastrologist who decides to give me an abdominal x-ray. The x-ray reveals large amounts of stool in my rectum and the doctor diagnoses the condition as IBS. Well, since then I've been asking to get a colonscopy to help confirm that's all it is, but I'm getting resistance here as well. The doctor states that since there is no evidence of blood in the stool and because I'm young, there's no need to suspect cancer. Meanwhile, I've succumbed to various home and off the shelf treatments to clear out my bowel, but with no luck. The only good news is that I find out my acid reflux is probably due to my continuous belching since the gas cannot traverse my colon very well. In the meanwhile, my abominal pain has been getting worse, and I'm almost at the point where I'm going to take a trip to the emergency room.

Does anyone have any advice on getting better treatment?

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