That wasn't the case for me, mags. Never took hormone replacement. It's just one of those things that women over 50 get. Sorry you're having issues with some foods. The only thing that upsets my digestion now is pineapple...go figure.
Soz, tell your MIL that she should talk to her doctor. If she waits until it goes septic, laparoscopic is not an option and the recovery will be much longer. Tell her Swimpy said so.