Hello, all. New here. Please excuse if some of what I ask is repetitive/silly/crazy/other.
Life kinda fell apart starting September 1. In order over the past three months: dearest pet (17 year old Maine Coon who got me through divorce, remarriage and a double mastectomy) had to be put to sleep...husband diagnosed with pancreatic lesion...12 year old dog had to be put to sleep...deer crashed into my new car doing $9K worth of damage...same car got rear-ended on the Mass Pike coming back from one of my husband's pre-op visits...surgery for my husband 12/29 and my business (psychic medium reading coast to coast and into Canada) starts up again in full roar the day after New Year's, necessitating me leaving my husband in the hospital in Boston for a week only three days after his surgery (god bless my brother-the-doctor and his family, who are also Boston based and will take over for me until I can get back). We live in upstate NY so Boston's a 200 mile trip. And oh yes, the three family pets we have left will have to be boarded for two weeks.
No, I am not whining. What happens, happens. There are lessons and gifts. But that at least gives you background.
Since September my gut has been kicking up big time. I have never been diagnosed with IBS or anything like that, and had no problems premenopause, though it's slowed down considerably since menopause hit. No blood in the stools, etc.
NO I have not had a colonoscopy, upper or lower GI, endoscopy. They utterly terrify me. The first I might get through, and am working on that. The last three, forget it.
If my pain (a touch under the left ribs, like a pinch, often RIGHT after I swallow something and short-duration pain a couple of inches to the left of my navel infrequently; mild gas) has all kicked up since September, it has GOT to be stress induced. When I get anxious, I feel them. A couple of times when I have been happy and relaxed at a meal or with friends, no pain, so I can't see any other possibility. I'm 4+ years out from the breast cancer diagnosis, which was contained with the double mast. No chemo, no radiation, tamoxifen 2004 through this coming August.
Currently I'm using Colonix for a bulking agent, and taking digestive enzymes with meals and probiotics. But I would love anyone's *kind and thoughtful* opinions on this -- please, no flaming, no screaming. Not that I see that on the board here -- but other places it happens. At this point everyone in my family is concentrating on my husband's pancreatic lesion and surgery, and there's no room for me or my complaints, so I have been dealing with this all alone.
Thanks for any help.