Thanks for the replies, guys. I have been doing some research into this and it turns out that I had a really bad kidney infection (pyleo) when I was a kid, and it caused some scarring on my left kidney. In my research, I found that scarring also causes volume loss. SO, guess maybe I found the answer?
Anywho..it works for me at the moment. I'm still scared of the GB surgey and the tales of ill recovery I've read over on the Digestive Disorders board.