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    Chronic pain, please help me!
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    Guitarmama22 posted:
    I'm 30 years old and all of my symptoms are, apparently, a medical mystery.

    I have debilitating stomach pain that presents on the upper right side. They have ruled out gallbladder, liver, and any stomach issues. I have had an endoscopy, biopsies, ultrasounds and scans, yet all is normal. My abdomen becomes so swollen that I look like I'm pregnant. They have also ruled out celiac. I get build up of acid that I force myself to expel and that alleviates it momentarily. It feels like something is ripping through my right side.

    I have gained about 30 pounds in a year. I eat an 1100 calorie diet that consists mainly of vegetables, lean protein (chicken, Greek yogurt), fruit, and other low fat, high protein foods. I go on a 30 minute power walk daily, as that's all I am able to do with my pain levels. My diet is balanced. I don't eat fried foods or anything that is high in saturated fat (except occasionally avocado). I very rarely drink decaf coffee, drink plenty of water, and sometimes I will drink unsweetened iced tea/hot tea. I avoid most prepared foods and don't eat processed foods. I don't eat cheese, drink milk, or eat pastries, cakes, donuts, or anything else remotely unhealthy.

    I also have chronic neck pain that sends burning sensations from my neck to my fingertips. I have had MRIs, X-rays, seen specialists, been to physical therapy, gone to cardiologists to rule out cardiac symptoms, and nobody can tell me why I am constantly uncomfortable. They have told me it is anxiety and have put me on a beta blocker to assist with the anxiety, but I think my anxiety mostly comes from never knowing if this pain is coming back. Meds make me nauseous and I just want to know the cause so we can come up with a solution.

    I have been to so many doctors and seen so many specialists that I have had to file bankruptcy from the medical bills. This system is broken. I am going in circles and losing my mind. I finally thought I would get reprieve when I saw a pain specialist today, who simply examined me for 10 minutes and told me to go back to physical therapy. I am at my wits end. I can't physically, mentally, or financially handle this anymore. I have used almost all of my sick time for the year and it is barely June.

    Does anyone have any idea, suggestion, anything? I can't put myself back into debt over this, but I'm not sure how much longer I'll be able to deal with this pain.

    Please, please help me.
     
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    editor_morgan responded:
    Hi Guitarmama22,

    Please let me start this off by saying that your post broke my heart. I am so, so, sorry that you are having such a tough time. I can tell that you are truly suffering. I wish I could give you a hug through the screen. Nobody deserves to suffer in this way.

    It seems like you are on the right track by monitoring your symptoms and being vocal about them to your doctors. You are being proactive by trying to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Yet, here you are today with such debilitating symptoms, but no definitive diagnosis. Truly heart breaking.

    WebMD Community Moderators are unable to give medical advice or a diagnosis, but I will try to provide you with the most well-informed resources that I can find on WebMD to hopefully point you in the right direction.

    Abdominal Fullness or Bloating Topic Overview

    Right Upper Quadrant Pain and a Normal Abdominal Ultrasound -- I think this link particularly appeals to what you are going through

    Symptom Checker -- enter in your symptoms here to narrow down what it is that could be causing your chronic pain.

    Non Web-MD source

    Unexplained Abdominal Pain

    I also would like to suggest that you check out our Pain Management community where you can find many people going through the same thing as you. Chronic pain but with no clear cut reason why. Have you spoken to your doctors about a pain management plan? Click here to visit the Pain Management Health Center where you can find message boards, support and resources, information and much more.

    Do you have anyone that you can talk to? It seems that you are not only experiencing a physical toll but also an emotional one.

    Please be sure to come back and update us.

    We are here for you!



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