Didn't wanna leave anyone out there wondering, just because I'm supposed to be on a break.
Got my biopsy, bloodwork, and other test results today.
Basically... I'm fine.
He said the EGD showed serious irritation in my stomach, but all the biopsies came back negative. Meaning, no cancer, no infection, no virus, no Crohn's disease, no celiac disease, and no evidence of any food allergies. Bloodwork showed all enzyme levels normal.
So he's declaring it a variant of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and basically told me that I should take my new medication to control the symptoms. Twice daily. For the rest of my life.
I'm not exactly satisfied with that answer.
Meaning, I had to hold back the tears.
Don't get me wrong, I am very grateful to be told that there's nothing wrong with me. It's just that... clearly something is wrong.
And, while I certainly appreciate and value what modern medicine can do for us, I already feel like I'm taking too many medications, and would really prefer not to be taking a medication for the rest of my life just because they can't figure out what's wrong. It's one thing if they can pinpoint a diagnosis. But to drug myself permanently to treat symptoms? I'm not really into that.
My sister has suggested I see if my insurance will cover a second opinion, and I suppose she's right, so I need to look into that.
In the meantime, dear readers, I ask for your help. I know several of you are familiar with homeopathic / natural healing sorts of things. If you have any resources that you would personally recommend, I would appreciate it. Yeah, I know I could google it, but I would have no idea which references to trust or not. So instead I'm trusting your recommendations.
There's my quick update. And a big Thank You to ya'll for your support thru this, and a Thank You in advance for any references ya'll can provide.
Have a great day!