I know some of my old ibs friends still lurk a bit here, so although I don't post often, I did want to update you. I've had a few crazy and stressful years trying to figure out what is wrong with me. Well, I finally got an answer. I went to the Cleveland clinic last week and saw dr. Kirby. I cannot express how incredible he is- so smart, so thorough, and so informative. So long story short, I have a dysmotility syndrome. Things simply don't work right. He said to think of my gut as a motor... Instead of getting a Mercedes, I got stuck with a 72 Volkswagen. Lol. He said the gastroparesis causes everything to slow down and not work properly. He said also that he would not consider my case to be IBS. So, what can I do? Well,, this is chronic. No actual cure, but a few ways to treat my symptoms. First, I am starting a liquid version of erythromycin. This antibiotic is used in gastroparesis partients to help their digestive system kick in. I also will be on a strict regimen of miralax.
So that's the basic story. I am feeling very hopeful, but wouldn't have made it through all of this without this board! Even when my symptoms seemed different, I knew I could pop on here and know people understood my pain. So thanks so much for your support.