At a Loss – Severe Abdominal Pain and No Answers

Posted by hgarm @hgarm, Mon, Jan 21 7:40pm

It has been a very rough month. I started having severe pain in my upper abdomen a week before Christmas. 2 days before Christmas I had my appendix removed and then 3 weeks later my gallbladder removed (they believed this to be the cause of all of my pain) ever since I have been having severe stomach pains that ate worse then the pains I started with. I have lost almost 22 pounds in a month due to the inability to eat and I feel as though I am wasting away. I am feeling so hopeless and so depressed and I just don’t know what to do anymore because doctor’s seem to be at a loss while my pain just keeps growing. I have never felt this down before and I don’t know what to do about it

Tell your doctor about how you are feeling emotionally. It's important to take care of both your body and your mind. Your doctor will be able to help with resources for your emotional well-being. Good luck and I wish you the best!

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@enska

Tell your doctor about how you are feeling emotionally. It's important to take care of both your body and your mind. Your doctor will be able to help with resources for your emotional well-being. Good luck and I wish you the best!

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I don't have a doctor right now just the surgeon that did my surgery. I don't even get to meet with a new doctor until the 18th of February. Thank you for your kind words

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@enska Do you have family members or friends you can lean on till you see a Dr? Even a good friend or minister to talk with I,ll be keeping you on my prayers May God be with you

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@hgarm

I'm so sorry to hear that you are suffering so much with this stomach pain. I had my gall bladder removed about 20 years ago, and I continued to have stomach pain. I was told the same thing about giving it time. Six months later, I went to another doctor because I was in so much pain, and he said he could see the pain in my eyes. He ordered a vaginal ultrasound and they discovered a large lemon sized mass on my left ovary. They scheduled me for surgery and prepared me emotionally for ovarian cancer. Turned out that I didn't have cancer, but I did have my ovaries removed. Later the doctor discovered that my surgeon for the gall bladder surgery had left a surgery clip in my side. I occasionally have pains in that area but I'm sure it's because of the clip.

I recommend that you have your doctor look at your pancreas. You sound like you could have pancretitis, which is quite painful and dangerous if let go too long. I don't know where you live, but if possible, look for another doctor. You need to see a doctor as soon as possible as you are having acute pain. I'm not a medical professional, so I can only make recommendations for you to be seen as soon as possible. Please let us know how things turn out after you see a doctor. Best of luck for you @hgarm . I misdirected this message to @enska . Sorry for the error.

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@hgarm

I don't have a doctor right now just the surgeon that did my surgery. I don't even get to meet with a new doctor until the 18th of February. Thank you for your kind words

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@hgarm I just read you next post. Try to find a family doctor.

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@hgarm -I'm glad that you found Mayo Connect. I can see that you are having a very rough time, I'm sorry. There's nothing worse than unrelenting pain. I don't know if you've had any follow-up images taken to see what might be going on. I don't believe that you should be experiencing this amount of pain a month after surgery. The surgery itself could have caused a disruption of some sort a month later as Gail said.
It also sounds like you need either another doctor. Or maybe got to the emergency room.
Are you able to function at all during the day?

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@gailb

@hgarm

I'm so sorry to hear that you are suffering so much with this stomach pain. I had my gall bladder removed about 20 years ago, and I continued to have stomach pain. I was told the same thing about giving it time. Six months later, I went to another doctor because I was in so much pain, and he said he could see the pain in my eyes. He ordered a vaginal ultrasound and they discovered a large lemon sized mass on my left ovary. They scheduled me for surgery and prepared me emotionally for ovarian cancer. Turned out that I didn't have cancer, but I did have my ovaries removed. Later the doctor discovered that my surgeon for the gall bladder surgery had left a surgery clip in my side. I occasionally have pains in that area but I'm sure it's because of the clip.

I recommend that you have your doctor look at your pancreas. You sound like you could have pancretitis, which is quite painful and dangerous if let go too long. I don't know where you live, but if possible, look for another doctor. You need to see a doctor as soon as possible as you are having acute pain. I'm not a medical professional, so I can only make recommendations for you to be seen as soon as possible. Please let us know how things turn out after you see a doctor. Best of luck for you @hgarm . I misdirected this message to @enska . Sorry for the error.

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They checked my pancreas through blood work and said everything was in the normal range so everything is ok there as far as they are concerned. I had a vaginal ultrasound 6 months ago and everything was good butbthat could be a next step. The pain has gotten to the point where anytime I eat I end up screaming it's unbearable but no one can help me and all the Drs think its nothing

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@merpreb

@hgarm -I'm glad that you found Mayo Connect. I can see that you are having a very rough time, I'm sorry. There's nothing worse than unrelenting pain. I don't know if you've had any follow-up images taken to see what might be going on. I don't believe that you should be experiencing this amount of pain a month after surgery. The surgery itself could have caused a disruption of some sort a month later as Gail said.
It also sounds like you need either another doctor. Or maybe got to the emergency room.
Are you able to function at all during the day?

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I have been to the ER 4 times in a month first time they removed my appendix and the 4th time they removed my gallbladder, other wise they just sent me home and said to follow up with a Dr which is what inhave been trying to do but can't due to appointments being scheduled out so far.
Not really most of the day I am balled up crying or trying not to cry. I can't even focus on school which is causing issues. I usually end up sitting in the shower and crying for an hour

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Oh honey I'm so sorry. Since you are a patient of his and have these issues I don't know why they can't fit you in. o you teach or are you a student?

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@merpreb

Oh honey I'm so sorry. Since you are a patient of his and have these issues I don't know why they can't fit you in. o you teach or are you a student?

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Yea the earliest he can see me is the 18th of February I tried another doctor butbtheybare scheduling appointment out in April which is even further away.
I am a student trying to finish my degree taking 6 classes but I am already falling behind. I haven't worked in over 2 weeks because of all the pain which is affecting my family financially

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@hgarm When you see the new Dr ask him if they didn't take out the gallbladder ducts when they removed your gallbladder?Another thing are you seeing a Gastrointestinal Dr? this maybe a good Dr to see .I'm so sorry your still in pain Blessings to you

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@hgarm

Blood tests don't tell everything about the pancreas. You need better medical care. Where do you live? Is it rural or in a city? Are you going to an ER related to a University? Are you on medicaid?

I'm having a hard time with you losing 22 pounds, being in the level of pain where you scream when you eat, and the medical people telling you they can't find a problem. Something tells me that you need immediate intensive care. Do you have a friend or family member who can go to an Urgent Care or ER with you and support you to get the care you need? BTW, if Urgent Care can't help you they can often refer you immediately to the ER where they will pay attention to your problems. You are going to have to fight to get the care you need.

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@gailb– I agree with you. Twenty two pounds in one month is too much weight to lose because of pain.

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@merpreb

@gailb– I agree with you. Twenty two pounds in one month is too much weight to lose because of pain.

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I double agree, I would be concerned about that kind of weight loss as well, @hgarm. There are tests like CT scans and MRIs which can show what is going on with the pancreas.

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@hgram There are so many Dr,s you can see but as Gail sade go to urgent care ASAP then you have Internal Dr,s Gastro Dr , Endocrinologist maybe it's hormones? But you need immediate attention

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