- CASE FILE
Experiencing severe pain for the past 20+ years after my vegus nerve was cut by error during a surgery to repair esophageal fundoplication
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
Since 2000, I have lived every day with some degree of abdominal pain and nausea. I have been in and out of the emergency room for treatment, have seen probably six to ten gastroenterologists (the latest one being at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Florida), have had so many x-rays and CT scans that I probably glow in the dark, have tried more medications than I could list, and have always been given the same answer – “There’s nothing more that I can do for you, you should seek treatment with a pain management doctor.”
I have been diagnosed with Gastroparesis as a result of my vegus nerve being cut during a surgery to fix a esophageal fundoplaction which had come undone. After receiving that diagnosis, surgery was performed to create a new opening from my stomach to the bowel so that gravity could help empty my stomach. At that time they also took my gall bladder and appendix out and I was put on a feeding tube. I remained on the feeding tube for a few months, but my symptoms did not improve, so they removed it and I was allowed to eat. After the last stomach empting test that I had, I was diagnosed with Dumping Syndrome.
In addition to those surgeries, I have had abdominal surgeries to fix surgical hernias. I have had several endoscopy exams as well as colonoscopies.
I have been to pain management doctors who have treated me and to some who have referred me to medical marijuana doctors. Pain management doctors will not give you medication if you use marijuana, but the marijuana alone doesn’t take away the pain. I am never pain free. I have also lost a lot of weight over the years, but a significant amount in the past couple of years. I have even lost my wedding ring because it fell right off my finger. Even if I’m not able to get completely pain free, I would like to be able to get functional again. I wake up – make a cup of coffee – have a bowel movement and am in so much pain that I have to go lay back down and take a pain pill hoping it subsides. I usually get sick every time I eat –again having to go lay down and take a pain pill or just wait out the worst of it. Some days I just wake up in pain and it gets so bad that the only way I can get it under control is to go to the ER. It takes a toll on both me and my wife, Please help us to find an answer!