Did the GI Doctor mention Ulcertaive Colitis at all??? Because that is what I ended up having after all the testing. This is a good opportunity to make sure that people realize that NOT all things that are wrong with you are MS. Sometimes you may have other conditions, at the end mine are MS, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Arthritis and Degenerative Bulging disc disease.
When it comes to my stomach, I get no hunger signals, I get no "normal gastric sounds", I can't really pass gas and I have never been able to burp. I finally figured that my colon was so swollen that passing of anything not solid was nearly impossible. I ended up in the ER with internal bleeding after many visits where I was just told, it was nothing or was just gas. They also found out I had a gallblader chuck full of rocks and that was eventually taken out, which releived my vomiting of about 10 years.
I tried all of the medications for UC, after a sudden divorce I couldn't get medication for 3 months and I found out my UC was actually a lot better than it use to be and now I am on Colazal. I learned to meditate and control a lot of my stress through yoga and different natural methods, nice warm bath, etc. One thing that I do to stay regular is have a cup of coffee, I found out it helps with my constant headaches and keeps my bowels moving failry normally.
It never got to the point for me that I would have to have my colon removed, my UC is in the upper colon so that meant a colostomy bag and I can think of worst end results and at that point I would have done anything for relief. I believe my gastric muscles are probably in a constant spasm and currently i am taking morphine and balophen via a an internal pump.
I have now learned to listen to my body, give it what it asks. I stay away from food that is too rich, too friend and too spicy. Otherwise my diet is whatever I crave, the more freedom I had the more I craved salads and healthy food, go figure!!! I was even off chocolate for 2 years. This year was a year of comfort foods so I fell back into some bad habits but I am starting to stabilize and things are getting better.
Stress plays a major role in all of our symptoms, if you find this is true, you need to learn either biofeedback or meditation, trust me, it will truly help!
Michelle, best of luck with your ulcer, I hope that you can solve it without major surgery! And to everyone else, try to relieve the stressors in your life, stress is killing us!!!
Happy new year to all!!~