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Hello and thanks for your question. I th ink the GI specialist is the right doctor to figure this out. There is no more specialized physician to deal with this particular problem than a gastrointestinal subspecialist. However, that doesn't mean that the particular GI specialist he's seen or that he will see will absolutely be able to figure out. Medicine, unfortunately, is many times an art and many disease states don't follow the textbooks. Many times in my practice I have had perplexing diseases that I cannot figure out the cause of no matter how many tests I've run, so I refer them on to someone else who may be able to. In your husband's case, if this GI specialist can't figure it out, don't give up. Try a second, third, or even fourth opinion, because his symptoms and presentation are definitely not normal. I'm sorry I can't be more help than that, but does that answer your question?
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It helps to know that he is seeing the right doctor for his problem. We will see a different one though if he doesn't start getting much better. Thanks for your help.