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So sorry to hear about your Mom. I can't even imagine....

Like you, I've gone the natural treatment route. I've had GERD for a couple of years and started having on-and-off upper right abdominal pain and flank pain about 8 months ago. I did an elimination diet and found that I was intolerant to gluten, corn, dairy, and refined sugar. I've since eliminated those from my diet and the reflux has almost completely gone. It only pops back up when I eat something I shouldn't. Problem is the abdominal/flank pain has been coming more often and lasting longer. I'm wondering if the food intolerances were masking something else. Had an abdominal ultrasound last week and everything's fine, execept for a 5mm polyp in the gallbladder. Haven't talked to the doc yet, so don't know what he has in mind next. I'm looking into doing a liver flush to see if that will help. There might be small stones that didn't show up on the ultrasound. Have you ever done one?

Have you ever been tested for Celiac, gluten intolerance, or other food intolerances? They don't just cause weight loss, they can cause weight gain too. And SadTummy is right - thyroid problems can cause weight gain as well. In addition to the TSH test, I'd also suggest getting a full panel done including FT3, FT4, and TPO and Tg antibodies. TSH can be well within normal range, but you can have antibodies counts through the roof. Btw, my brother in law has turtles. His pride and joy is a snapping turtle named Yunior. The thing's huge! :D

Wow! Sounds like you're going through the wringer. Let's hope this round of abx works. Once you're done, it might be a good idea to start taking probiotics to help replenish your beneficial digestive bacteria. They're getting killed off along with the bad stuff.

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