Update and end to this journal...
I AM CURED!
Turns out it was all food sensitivities. I finally figured them all out and feel like a million bucks! It took me YEARS to figure some of them out, but I finally did. I still have a few patches of eczema and am working on resolving that, and being able to add some foods back in the future. Other than that, I feel better than I have since I was 20.
My food sensitivities are:
all broth or stock (though I tolerate them in small amounts in dishes)
all dairy except butter and small amounts of hard cheeses
all coconut products...oil, butter, powder, flour, flakes, milk. etc.
most grains except white rice
high FODMAP foods
I just had a SIBO lactulose test and stool parasite test done. We'll see what the results are. But, really, I feel so good I don't mind eating a somewhat limited diet. In the future I hope to add dairy in (I *LOVE* dairy). The rest, I'm not too worried about.
biggest part of stomach, below belly button: (1.12.12) 33.5"
biggest part around bottom and thighs: (1.12.12) 38.5"