I'm thrilled to report that I seem to be done having the regular bellyaches, cramps, and bloating that have been going on since August of last year. DONE! I have my new gastroenterologist to thank, my niece for recommending him to me, and the drug that the doctor prescribed for me - Dexilant. It's a proton pump inhibitor that is reducing the acid in my stomach, which appears to be at least a contributing factor in both my gastritis and aches.
As a bonus, my recent throat-clearing and coughing issues seem to be somewhat more manageable, though not cured completely. They are at least more productive than before. I'm still oddly very tired most days, even though I try not to do much if possible, but without having to deal with the belly episodes every day, I feel very grateful and much better. I'm hoping the trend continues and that talk of any gallbladder removal surgery becomes moot.