- CASE FILE
I have no idea what is going on inside my body. I am constantly fighting my body every day to have a some what normal life.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
My name is Mariah and I'm 28 years old. I have been suffering from Chronic Abdominal Pain since I was 9 years old with no answers as to what causes the pain. I started seeing regular Doctors about my 'tummy ache' when I was 9. When I reached the age 12 the pain started getting worse. After years of seeing different regular Doctors with no explanations, being put on numerous pain medications that did nothing for the pain, that's when I started seeing GI Doctors. I have had every basic testing done, multiple blood tests done, colonoscopies, intestinal scoping, nuclear swallowing studies (upper & lower), I've gone as far as seeing the top of the line GI Doctors at the University of Washington, and the list goes on. Entering High School it started getting harder to make it to school on time as the pain was bothering me more each day, by senior year I was barely making it to my last two periods. I was very lucky to graduate. After High School I started working a full time job until I started calling in sick almost 3-4 times a week, and any job I tried to keep I just couldn't. At this point the pain is now coming and going at all hours of the day- unexplained, uncontrolled, and extremely unbearable. Throughout my twenties I have been to the ER for abdominal pain over 100 times and sent back home EVERY time with the same outcome and little relief. As of right now My Doctors and I are at a standstill and we don't know what else to try besides the current muscle relaxers I take for a little relief. When the pain (episodes) comes on typically the only thing that helps is taking a hot shower, and then lying down with an ice pack on the direct spot. The pain is usually so bad I cannot sit still forcing me to shake my body around for some relief until the muscle relaxers kick in and make me sleepy- this can happen anywhere from 1 to 5 times a day. I currently can not physically work, I live on state assistance (welfare) and disability to help pay the little bills I do have, and I live at home with my Dad. My diet is poor I barely eat 1 meal a day, I have a hard time passing a BM (sometimes screaming in pain on the toilet) and I don't remember the last time I got more than 3 hours of sleep at a time. I don't have a social life or make plans because it gets tiring having to cancel. I am almost 30 years old and I am SICK of constantly missing out on life. I need answers. Why does my stomach constantly hurt? Why has NO doctor been able to explain the few Ideal questions I have about my stomach? A- Why do I get stomach pains that come and go that lasts for hours at a time? B- Why is it that every time I'm prescribed an antibiotic my pain goes away for a week or two and then comes back again? C- Why is my white cell blood count high every time its checked and why is there always blood in my urine? (typically means infection) Why do all my signs point to infection, yet there is never anything found? My tests always come back NORMAL, but I'm constantly in physical pain. I am at a loss, I am barely living a life at all but I try and hold it together for the people around me. There isn't a time my stomach isn't hurting anymore and its finally taking a toll on my mental state as well. I am begging for help. PLEASE HELP ME FIND ANSWERS AS TO WHY MY STOMACH HURTS 24/7.