Goodness gracious, I read Keri's post about
aloe and just wanted to die thinking about
my last experience with it. I was in Ecuador, living with my friend's family (very traditional!) and they took me to this vendor on the street who was selling 8 oz. glasses of "sabila" (aloe vera juice). It had the consistency of snot. I took one gulp and immediately vomited all over the sidewalk. The family nearly died of hysterics. Now, I've eaten a lot of crazy stuff - cow stomach lining, sheep tongue, African game meat - but that aloe juice really took the cake. I would definitely advise taking it in pill form if possible.
Hopeful, I'm sorry to hear that you're having these troubles with your doc. I saw two GIs who were completely oblivious to the idea of connecting with their patients, and sometimes they would look at me like I had three heads. I'd tell them I had a fever of 101 for a few days out of the blue, and they'd be like, "Uh...okay. Keep taking that Lomotil and come back in a month." I finally just washed my hands of that. I found an absolutely amazing PCP who spends anywhere from 30-90 minutes with me every time I see her, does research for me, asks tons of questions, doesn't ignore any symptoms...I swear she is one in a million. They really ARE out there, I'm just not sure how to direct you to find one.
I think it would be a good idea to ask your friends, family members, etc. about which PCPs they see and try to get an appointment...and be ready with lots of questions. Ask about their philosophy about medicine, where they went to school, etc. If they are good docs they should not blink an eye with questions like these.
As far as the constipation goes...I seriously cannot help you there. I was thinking of being diarrhea for Halloween (okay, that was totally uncalled for). Many of these other lovely ladies can keep helping you with the C issue, though; they've been through the ringer with that one, poor things!