I would have your Dr. check you for pancreatitis. You seem to be showing some classic symptoms of this. It took 3 years for the drs. to diagnose me. They don't always want to look in this area.
Belching, the feeling of fullness after eating only a little bit, passing gas, RUQ pain, elevated emzymes are all symptoms. The fact that you drank for so long before your sobriaty (congratulations!)could be a contirbuting factor. Have you told your GI speacialist this? You do not have to be a current drinker to have pancreatitis.
Good luck to you and do not give up on your health. It is worth pursuing good health for yourself.
Response to Tazlady. Thank you for responding. Yes, I have told the doctors about my drug/alcohol abuse. They have check for pancreatitis and my enzymes are normal. Great suggestion and thanks again for responding.
Just to let you know. Your enzymes levels will appear to be normal during non-attack times. They could never catch mine elevated until a friend once told me to have them first draw blood and then take pain meds on my next visit to the ER, with the horrific pain I was having. Well, that did it. That finally helped to find the problem. Don't rule out pancreatitis so quickley. If there is a cause for you to go to the ER with RUQ pain, please have them draw blood first, checking your lipase and amalyse levels. Then take the pain meds. In my opinion, having a pancreatic attack is worse than when I gave birth to my son.
Thanks To Tazlady. I am printing your comments to take with me to my next appt. Greatly appreciate your help.