Hi tennisgolf. I'm like you in not blindly following advice of doctors and seeking out alternative options. Do you have a Functional MD? Have you been to a cardiologist as you will want to rule out heart attack. We women experience them differently then men do. Where do you live? I'm in Ocala Florida and highly recommend Absolute Health. I'm seeing a gastroenterologist on the 11th of March for pretty extreme IBS that could be worse. I'm 65 and not on any medication (just supplements) and I'd like to stay that way so my hope is to cure myself naturally and hopefully this doctor will respect that. Good luck, I respect your choices but just make sure that if surgery is really needed that you will consider it.