Unexplained pain on right side! I'm SO DESPERATE!!
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dolld posted:
I started having sharp stabbing pains about 4 months ago on my right side, It feels as if it's under my rib cage. I also became short of breath, as if something is sitting on my chest. So I went to the emergency room because non of my pain meds were working. At the time I was taking Nucynta,& Tizinidine. I was also feeling full after eating small amounts of food, I've lost weight about 15lbs no dieting. My doctor had me complete a series of tests which included: A lower abdominal CT scan with dye, Pulmonary tests, heart tests (ekg & stress), chest X-rays, an ultra sound done on my bladder and kidneys, all NEGATIVE. I am a disabled veteran with degenerative disc disease in 3 areas. But my spinal cord stimulator helps with that. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, bone spurs in my neck, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. So I know pain, I live with it daily. The hospital thought it was Serotonin Syndrome because Pristiq , which I take for depression conflicted with the high dose of Nucynta. So I was switched to a new medication called Opana for pain which does't help much. I was finally told it could be muscular skeletal pain, and given 500 mg of Naproxen twice a day,to take in addition to the Opana still no relief. My muscle relaxer,Tizinidine 4mg just makes me sleepy. Any ideal what this could be? This pain is too much! I tried to have myself admitted to the psych ward, SERIOUSLY, but they said I wasn't crazy. But this pain is OVERWHELMING! I'm hurting right now, but after 3 trips to the ER, just to be sent home is crazy!! Anybody out there with ANY suggestions please offer! Thanks!
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DaniNoelle responded:
What you are / have been going through sounds very familiar. A little background on me, I had a spinal fusion years ago and well have been on pain meds though the years. Out of nowhere 2 years ago I started having pain in my abdomin as well, it took several scans and trials on this med or that med, nothing worked. I couldn't eat because everytime I consumed anything (including a drink of water) it would be excruciating, I went down to 114 lbs, (I'm 5'7", I was so thin I looked like skin on bone). Well I finally went to a gastroenterologist and had a colonoscopy, nothing showed up on that, but then an endoscopy, they found that I had 2 ulcers, I was put on a new drug that actually started healing them and within a week I was able to eat again. I hope that this helps as somewhere new to start.
 
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dolld replied to ctbeth's response:
Hi CTB,
I just wanted to take the time to say " Thank You " for responding to my questions. So far, still no diagnosis. I even tried to sign myself into the psych ward!! I've been so desperate. But I'm still hanging in and praying for healing! Again, thank you for caring.

Doll
 
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dolld replied to annette030's response:
Thank you Annette! I'm trying to stay positive.

Doll
 
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dolld replied to DaniNoelle's response:
Hi DaniNoelle,

I read your response and insisted on having an endoscope, but unfortunately, or fortunately, it came back NEGATIVE! So, onto the next test! But thank you for responding and listening.
Doll