Hi everyone! Thanks for all the replies. It has now been a couple of years since I posted and I'm doing a little bit better so let me update you on what I've gone through so maybe some of you and your loved ones can find some relief as well.
- I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy done and nothing turned up.
- I saw a gastroenterologist and they tried several different things ( medication for heartburn, irritable bowel, testing for gluten and other food allergies, etc.) and still no solution.
- Finally I saw a new general practice MD that I had heard good things about. He said that the problems could definitely be caused by allergies as well as stress. He put me on Lexapo and it has helped a great deal! It has made a HUGE difference.
- When my allergies get bad I still have some bad days. I am now seeing an allergist to get that part resolved.
But what I learned that might be able to help a lot of you is that stomach issues can be caused by a number of stresses, including allergies, foods, work and school, stress, etc. To the person whose child recently moved to a new location....this could very well be triggered by the stress of starting over at a new place. My symptoms started when I was in 5th grade and had just moved.
Slowly I am getting things back on track. I am learning what foods not to eat. The Lexapro is helping with my stress. It also helps keep me calm when an episode occurs. The allergist (who agrees the allergies can indeed trigger the stomach issues) is working with me to help in that area.
Thanks again everyone!!