Re: What should I expect from gastroenterologist app?
Yes, I had a similar experience with my last visit to gastroenterology, and exactly the same thing with a stupid "SHO" student talking to me instead of just letting me talk straight to the actual doctor. Though that was my second visit and after I'd already seen the NHS gastroenterologist directly and had numerous blood tests/ultrasound/endoscopies done -- did the gastro-resistant doctor not even do any of these tests for you??? If not, then it reminds me of the first non-NHS gastroenterologist that I saw who was completely useless and the idiot just told me I had "IBS" and needed "cognitive behavioural therapy" (I shall be demanding a refund and putting in a complaint now that I have evidence to the contrary).
That said, you are completely right to keep an open mind and try other things. You indeed said that you didn't have particularly exotic travel, and most parasites
will already be dead with what you have taken (in my rarer case unfortunately not so). I sense that some people in this forum can also get so obsessed with parasites
that they do not consider other things. I only knew it was a parasite
for sure after having migratory symptoms (which couldn't really be anything else), pulling out small worms from my mouth and other parts of my body as well as reacting extremely positively to Albendazole. After that, I realised gastroenterology was useless for dealing with this and I needed a different specialist.
The worst thing for me was not knowing exactly what was wrong, and always having that element of doubt at the back of your mind. Now that I know for sure, I have an inner calmness and peace that I have not had for some years (even though I'm not completely better yet).
Anyway good luck and chin up, and I know it isn't easy but I guess you can take some consolation in knowing that may others out there are going through similar things with idiot doctors!