Good Morning CPers -
I've seen various naturopathic "docs," a couple of chiros, and MDs in a whole bunch of different specialties for all sorts of stomach issues, headache and sinus problems, etc. ad nauseum. I only trust a few of the MDs - my opinion, not meaning to disrespect or contradict anyone with other experiences! I find researching my own conditions by reading research papers is the best way to figure out how I should be treated - after consulting "experts."
ion meds are cheaper than over the counter. I always read ingredients, active and "inactive." For stomach maldigestion problems my experience is that OTC probiotics is not highly useful. I take a cheap capsule occasionally to keep my GI doc happy. Activia yogurt helps motility which is compromised by my pain meds. I stopped my gas with cheap generic Rx Pancrelipase 5000 ($17 for 3 month Rx) which is 3 digestive enzymes for carbohydrates, protein and fats. I avoid bread and wheat products, and use Citrucel tabs without sugar but NOT other fiber supplements which are all digested by gut bacteria to make gas. (Wobenzym is just bromelain and papain which are available OTC.)