I am just sharing because I have been in so much pain also. Mostly IBS C and started to get D too. Leaky Gut, and ileocecal valve pain and problems. I too was afraid to eat. Was beginning to think I had colon or gall bladder cancer. I will share what has helped turn it around for me, and I share in hope that it will help others. I was starting to have pain that was in the spots that fibromyalgia sufferers experience. I have also experienced severe gall bladder pain.
My chiropractor put me on a 21 day detox with Standard Process products. I am allergic to dairy so I could not do the whey protein powder..but all the other products helped. I basically drank 4 shakes a day and took all the nutritional products...lost 24 pounds, but I needed to lose some weight. So it may not work for you that do not need to lose weight. But due to my multiple food allergies and food sensitivities I could not eat much on the diet. Others may be able to eat more and not lose so much weight. I have had friends who have done this 21 day detox without losing weight.
Anyway, I also began to drink aloe vera pure juice once per day, probiotics, and very importantly Sweetish Bitters from Gaia that my herbalist friend recommended.
I am doing 90% better just 3 months later. The joint pain and swelling is gone, I am having normal BM's daily, I still have to be very careful with what I eat...and am sticking to the FODMAP diet. But I was able to eat string cheese the other day with no negative effects. Oh and I forgot to mention I am also taking Digestive enzymes...Essential Enzymes by Source Naturals, and Essential Amino Acids recommended by my primary doctor...Essential Amino Complex Free Form..Gluten, Wheat & Dairy free by Solgar. I stopped eating any meat for 3 months, and got most of protein from the Standard Process Shake and Quinoa. I soak the Quinoa over night to sprout it.
As you can see I have had to go to several different health practitioners, chiropractor, colon hydrotherapist, Medical Provider, gastroenterologist...and naturopathic doctor....
I once read a book about migraine headaches written by two women who suffered from severe headaches. What I learned most from that book was from an example they gave: that if there were seven swords stuck in our head and we go to one doctor who may only remove one sword, then we may have some relief but the problems persist because the other 6 swords have not been addressed.
Best Wishes and healing to all of you, Blanca