I can't remember a time when I wasn't sick. As a child, I had these strange viruses. At age 12 I had an emergency appendectomy. That's when they found out I had pseudocholinesterase deficiency. Post partum Graves Disease. Radical thyroidectomy. Pathology showed Riedel's Thyroiditis. Now Hypo Thyroid. Gallbladder, Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction x 3, Pancreatitis X 4. Thyroglossal Duct Cyst at age 49. Favorite doctor quote by my thorasic surgeon: I bet you don't know what normal feels like? But life turned around for me when an acupuncturist did a saliva allergy test and it came back reacting to gluten, dairy, string beans and beets. I went gluten-free/dairy free immediately and all my gut symptoms began improving. The 5 different gut presecriptions were tapered off. Occasionally, I take a natural pancreatic enzyme when I eat out but usually don't need anything for my gut. Hooray!! I remember feeling so tired of doctors and medications, that I was close to just living with my symptoms. My acupuncturist is a true healer. God Bless her. My lesson is to never give up. Always research and ask questions and demand a different treatment if something isn't working.