- CASE FILE
Chronic abdominal pain "ALLEDGEDLY" linked to Gastroparesis diagnosis. Seems GP diagnosis results in Dr.s dismissing any further concern.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Extensive/complicated medical history beginning with complex/compound fracture of lower left leg (amputation was possibility) at age 13 (mid 1970's,) resulting in pain killer addiction, morphing into street drugs over next 20 yrs. Late 70's/early 80's suffered TBI due to auto accident, resulted in general seizure disorder (eventually helmeted due to severity); 2 GSW's (one to abdomen, one to neck); 3 D.O.A's (1 due to auto accident, 2 drug related); SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED Christian-based 18 mo rehab (1999 - 2001) - clean & sober ever since, during this time church "prayed over" patient, resulting in - over 6 mos - seizure activity disappearing W/O medical intervention; Diagnosed w/ Hep C after liver failure, completed "Pegasus Program" treatment, Hep C "cured", but I.T.P. caused by treatment; diagnosed with Gastroparesis, after extensive medical procedures/testing ruling "everything" else out; 2 medical implant devices placed in 2012 (gastric stimulator & infusion pump for pain); 12/22/15 was electrocuted by tin roof made "live" by abraided electrical line from "street pole" to building, resulted in 8 broken ribs to right side; 1/16/16 hospitalized due to pneumonia from broken ribs, that evening had FIRST seizure in (+/-) 15 yrs (full tonic clonic/grand mal), when consciousness returned next day, near total amnesia - memory has NEVER fully recovered. Aside from memory issues, patients most pressing issue is the EXTREME CHRONIC abdominal pain and body temperature fluxuations he suffers. Despite an 18 month period after 2nd infusion pump placed (replaced 1st) wherein patient required NO INCREASE to infusion rate, patient is in chronic pain that "ramps up" after eating. Current physicians offer no explanation or hope/help. Patient acknowledges and understands that due to his prior addiction issues that #1. Dr.s are EXTREMELY reluctant to offer any form of "drug therapy," #2. that he has an inordinately HIGH tolerance level. Patient is NOT looking to get "high", in fact, he HATES that he now requires medication and is ONLY LOOKING to bring the pain levels to a manageable level (4-6 on pain scale.) The body temperature issue is perplexing; approx 20-45 mins after eating patient experiences a distinctive rise in "feeling" hot - which invariably results in excess sweating (dripping down his face & back) - this rise in temperature intermittently occurs during times OTHER than after eating as well, with NO OUTSIDE sources of cause. Patient has been unable to convince any Physician that this IS occuring, have had SEVERAL physicians completely IGNORE the issue - as in REFUSE to broach the subject. Patient is extremely frustrated and "fed up" with the pain, Dr.s and having to live this way.