- CASE FILE
For over 7 years unexplained/undiagnosed upper left abdominal pain. 100s of tests, medicine trials, pain killers, none working.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Over the last 7 years, consults have been completed with GYN, GI, Rheumatology, Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology, Infectious Disease, Pain Management, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Immunology, Hematology, Oncology, and various Primary Care Physicians. Many Rx attempts: Antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, antispasmodics, antidepressants, antiepileptics, steroids, PPIs, H2s, Iron, Colace and Miralax, gabapentin, various painkillers. Only result is periodic symptom relief.
I was hospitalized November 7, 2013 with a diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia, low Hgb, and LUQ intractable pain. No definitive source or cause identified for the pain. The pain occurs multiple times a day, 8 out of 10 days. I struggle with sitting in any position besides a semi-reclined position. Walking, lifting, bending, twisting my torso, sleeping on anything but on my back, often eating and/or bowel movements, and any riding in or driving a car still exacerbate the pain. I do not bother going to the hospital anymore. Since that time, lab tests, radiology studies, intercostal injections (in my rib cage with a special “cocktail” of steroids and painkillers), alternative therapies, RF nerve stimulation, and medicine adjustments have continued in an effort to make me more comfortable day-to-day and with the hope of finding anything more definitive of a diagnosis.