At a Loss – Severe Abdominal Pain and No Answers

Posted by hgarm @hgarm, Jan 21, 2019

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

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@hgarm

That's what I said to the doctor but he didn't seem to care just told me to use a heating pad when I have the pain but it has become sort of a constant pain now that just sits there and gets worse with eating or drinking

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@hgram We know our bodies better then anyone so don't give up be your own health advicate don't take no from your Dr .

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@hgarm

That's what I said to the doctor but he didn't seem to care just told me to use a heating pad when I have the pain but it has become sort of a constant pain now that just sits there and gets worse with eating or drinking

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@hgarm– Just keep going to the ER until someone listens, please!

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@hgarm

In order to see a GI my insurance requires a referal so I have to wait until I see a GP to get a referal. So it's just a waiting game at this point

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@hgarm– Good morning- Have you asked for a referral? You don't have to have a face to face with your doctor to get one. I suggest that you call your doctor's office and request one.

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On the topic of not giving up. There are times we want to give up when we are continually invalidated. I have been facing this and it is an endless struggle. I have to have some kind of help with the head/neck/shoulder pain that is worsening. Have asked for a referral to an ortho doctor as I am still optimistic. A pain specialist does not refer. Decided to try with primary for a referral. Insurance is and obstacle most of us deal with. I have a grandson and he needs this non-drama grandma.
all I can do is ask. When I go to the pain specialist I leave feeling like a criminal. Hoops, hoops, hoops because of the real criminals.

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@parus

On the topic of not giving up. There are times we want to give up when we are continually invalidated. I have been facing this and it is an endless struggle. I have to have some kind of help with the head/neck/shoulder pain that is worsening. Have asked for a referral to an ortho doctor as I am still optimistic. A pain specialist does not refer. Decided to try with primary for a referral. Insurance is and obstacle most of us deal with. I have a grandson and he needs this non-drama grandma.
all I can do is ask. When I go to the pain specialist I leave feeling like a criminal. Hoops, hoops, hoops because of the real criminals.

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@parus, It is so unfortunate that people with chronic pain cannot be taken seriously by the medical community. I don't know what can be done about it either. So very frustrating. I hope that you are able to get that referral to an ortho person.

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@parus

On the topic of not giving up. There are times we want to give up when we are continually invalidated. I have been facing this and it is an endless struggle. I have to have some kind of help with the head/neck/shoulder pain that is worsening. Have asked for a referral to an ortho doctor as I am still optimistic. A pain specialist does not refer. Decided to try with primary for a referral. Insurance is and obstacle most of us deal with. I have a grandson and he needs this non-drama grandma.
all I can do is ask. When I go to the pain specialist I leave feeling like a criminal. Hoops, hoops, hoops because of the real criminals.

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@parus- Wont a pcp prescribe pain meds?

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@hopeful33250

@parus, It is so unfortunate that people with chronic pain cannot be taken seriously by the medical community. I don't know what can be done about it either. So very frustrating. I hope that you are able to get that referral to an ortho person.

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@parus Hi parus zI agree with Theresa The last time I went to my pain Dr it only lasted one day and the 2injections he gave me hurt ,before I could stand them .Ask Dr for Orthopedic referral I have to whe.n I see my Dr

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Hi, @hgarm – since this conversation has talked about feeling hopeless due to ongoing digestive issues, I wanted to let you know I changed the discussion title to “Starting to feel hopeless: Digestive issues unresolved.”

Many members, like @enska, @lioness, @gailb, @parus and others have offered good advice, as have members in the Digestive Health discussions.

You mentioned that to get into a digestive diseases/GI specialist, you will have to wait to get a referral, and your appointment with your general practitioner isn’t till mid-Feb. You also talked about being a student. Would you have access to a student health center that may be able to see you sooner? How are you feeling today?

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@lioness

@hgarm I'm so sorry I wish I knew what to tell you but when you see your Dr ask him for a referral for Gastro Dr Are you near to Mayo Clinic in your area

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Saw my doctor today he gave me a referal to a gastro, a pain management and a family doctor. I also have to go see a therapist on Monday as they are worried about my mental health

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@lisalucier

Hi, @hgarm – since this conversation has talked about feeling hopeless due to ongoing digestive issues, I wanted to let you know I changed the discussion title to “Starting to feel hopeless: Digestive issues unresolved.”

Many members, like @enska, @lioness, @gailb, @parus and others have offered good advice, as have members in the Digestive Health discussions.

You mentioned that to get into a digestive diseases/GI specialist, you will have to wait to get a referral, and your appointment with your general practitioner isn’t till mid-Feb. You also talked about being a student. Would you have access to a student health center that may be able to see you sooner? How are you feeling today?

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Saw my doctor (surgeon) today and he has refered me to a few doctor's a gastro, a pain management and a family practitioner I get to see that doctor February 6th so I am hoping there will be some help coming my way. I will also be seeing a therapist on Monday morning because they are worried about my mental health. I am looking forward to talking to someone about what's going on

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