- CASE FILE
46 yo with poor health, struggling with pain on daily basis. I want to have the energy to enjoy my family after a regular work day.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
My first migraine landed me in ER in 1992, no otc med worked. I was given a scan that was clear and given Demerol and sent home. This was one month after I mysterious came down with a flu-like illness resistant to medication that doctors stated was similar but not Valley Fever. I had been to my college Health Clinic for medication which I was on for 3 days before vomiting became so severe I then Urgent Care for alternative medicine, which did not work. I was take to ER conscious but unaware with an increasing fever over 104.5 and monitored for 8 hours. I received medication, IV and was released with the instruction to return if the medication did not work. I returned to the hospital 2 days later with another fever of 103+ and provided more fluids and different medication. This occurred in September 1992. At the end of October, I returned the ER with my first migraine ever. Since then I have had increasing frequencies of migraine occurrences. I have been to multiple neurologists and have tried the various medications and injections with some success yet continue to have them along with typical headaches. The migraine pain is sharp and stabbing on the top left of my skull and the base and back of by head (left and right side). Since my migraines have started, I have been susceptible to left ear infections (primarily inner/middle ear infections). During the time frame of 1992 - 2000, I was diagnosed with Asthma and became more susceptible to chest infections and bronchitis. Then in 2010 I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which I knew was possible after having gestation diabetes during the pregnancy of my son in 2004. During the time between 2005 - 2010, I was having issues with Anemia, Endometriosis, and Ovarian cysts. In 2010, I had a hydrothermal ablation and tubal ligation, but that did not help, so I had a full hysterectomy in 2012. In 2011, I had an Iron infusion due to severe menstrual cycle bleeding. In efforts to determine why I was continually getting internal infections during this time frame as well, that were causing elevated wbc counts, I saw an oncologist from 2006 - 2014, only to determine that I did not have cancer, lupus, or any other type of blood disorder. I was sent to a Rheumatologist in 2015 and diagnosed with mild - mod rheumatoid arthritis. Which may also be a cause of some of my neck pain. I am on multiple medications for all of these various diagnoses, but still have pain in a daily basis. I was having right abdominal pain and lower right back pain since 2008. I was referred to both a OB/GYN and labs for scans to rule out appendicitis, gallbladder, etc. over the following years. As I said, the OB/GYN recommended a full hysterectomy. I am still having right abdominal pain and lower right back pain. Pain increases with gastric infections and will go away with medication, but returns every 6 - 9 months. I see a Gastroenterologist and have had 2 colonoscopies and 1 endoscopy. Over the last eight months I have had diarrhea at least five times lasting 7 - 16 days and 3 of those times have require antibiotics. I have received CT scans and ultrasounds with clear results. No diverticulitis, no gallbladder issues, not appendex, and no stones. Yet I have pain and an infection! I have been diagnosed with Stage 3 Fibrosis - NASH (fatty liver) in March 2018. I am fatigued, hurting (pain level varies throughout the day from 2 -9), depressed, and frustrated. When will it end? I am the sole provider for my family and I have to put in 8 hours 5 days a week, but I have a wonder employer who allows me a flexible schedule to make up missed hours on weekend, but then I end up working 7 days a week, just less hours. I love my work, coworkers, and the people that pass through, I just hate that I am not always able to give a 100%. If you can help me or direct me in the right direction, I would greatly appreciate it. I just want a pain free life.