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    Thanks, will update when I know anything. I don't mind sharing it on a forum.

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    A friend of mine who is dad to two adorable red heelers, was misdiagnosed multiple times by the local doctors in the big country town where he lived. No not Canberra. He ended up going to Sydney - where it turned out all the problems were caused by some sort of acid reflux, he had acid coming up from his stomach and going down into his lungs, which caused massive difficulty with breathing and any kind of manual labour. And it got so far a long with the country bumpkins failing to find it - that he ended up needing, and eventually getting a heart lung transplant. Now he's on a massive dose of drugs - to keep the whole thing together but much better than he was without the transplant. And some human died before he could get the transplant.

    Be very very persistant, Di. And google could be your friend. Doctors are not always right, even very expensive doctors. Another example - Oprah's current thyroid problem - was diagnosed by her viewers not her doctors.

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    Me either Pug, lol.
    Not all are "Country bumpkins" In fact, many Sydney specialists travel and have rooms in large country centers.

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    Just because the specialist is from Sydney, doesn't make them a good doctor. Especially if they're no more helpful than what you've got.

    Puggerup - I don't think I'd be ignoring that kind of acid reflux. The acid from your stomach is extremely strong and can burn holes in enamel. And if you're getting symptoms that last more than 20 minutes and give you headaches, it's time to get checked out.

    There are some basic things that can be done to make the acid problem less dangerous. Like not eating or drinking for 2 to 4 hours before lying down. Because eating dinner and going to bed - is a major cause. Also chew food carefully, especially raw veg, or cabbage type veg. I made the mistake of not properly chewing thai food that had cabbage and carrot, and I had problems for three weeks. Bad. And women of a certain age (menopause) can have more problems with acid reflux, which also signals the need for a checkup and perhaps medication or diet changes.

    My dad used to be a City Specialist that travelled to country centres, but it became uneconomic ie the public hospital system he had to work with, had funding cuts, so they cut his pay, and wouldn't cover any of the costs, so it would actually cost him out of his own pocket to visit the country hospitals, so he stopped. I don't know how the Sydney doctors could make it pay unless they liked to visit the country centres as a kind of holiday and somebody was paying for their travel and accomodation, or they could claim their holiday house or hobby farm off their tax or something. Otherwise it's probably charity on their part.

    I've heard of other city specialists going to country hospitals - who were less than fantastic, high infection rates on their surgery and higher than average failure rates.

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    My son's was a top neuro surgeon from st Vincent's private. Generalisations like that are not good.

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    Hi Di Dee

    I'm not trying to generalise, I'm just asking you to make sure you've got a good doctor. Don't just assume that because it's a specialist come from the city - or even if you go to the city to visit the specialist, that this doctor has the right answer for you.

    I'm not sure why you refer to your son in past tense (dread to ask), but he would know himself, that there are doctors that are good and others that are not so good, and also that sometimes what one good doctor misses, another good doctor will find.

    Even with all the family help I have, I still managed to pick a very odd doctor for my first knee surgery and what he recommended wasn't right for me, and it took me two years to realise that I really did need a knee reconstruction, despite what this other guy said about building up muscle to compensate. Trouble was, my knee was so sloppy without ACL that I couldn't build up muscle to compensate, and riveting the meniscus back together was also pointless without a stable knee. He wasn't a bad doctor (if you were on the Australian Olympic team) but he was definitely the wrong one for me.

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    I used the past tense as it was his second op and nothing more can be done by that surgeon.. I thank you for your concern but having run the gauntlet of some good, some bad over the last 5 years with him I do know that there are good and bad out there and ooo yes, I will be persevering.
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    It must be sooooo frustrating going through this having test after test with no answers in sight up till now.

    I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    It must be sooooo frustrating going through this having test after test with no answers in sight up till now.

    I can't even begin to imagine what it would be like.
    Very very frustrating! lol.

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    My son's was a top neuro surgeon
    When you wrote that I couldn't figure out why you wrote "son's" and I thought you meant your son was a top neurosurgeon and I wondered why he stopped.

    You can put two top doctors in any given field in the same room with the same patient and same test results, and get multiple diagnoses and suggested treatments. There are many paths to healing. The human body is still very mysterious in many ways. So I figure if one way doesn't work given in the suggested time frame, then try another. And sometimes nothing will work. But I don't like to think about that.

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