Yesterday I spent all day in the VA emergency room, seeking relief from pain that has been ongoing since August and for the past week left me unable to stand or sit for more than a few minutes. Hopefully somebody can help point me in the right direction.
It started as back pain in August, right of the spine and roughly where my liver is. I've had ongoing back problems since the Army and wrote it off. Pain was about a 6.
Approx 2-3 weeks ago, I started to get abdominal pain in the liver area as well, which spiked at the same time as the back pain. Pain increased to 8.
In the last week or so, entire right side in this area has been a constant dull pain of 8 with frequent spikes up to almost 10, leaving me barely conscious on occasion.
No weight loss, discoloration of urine, vomiting, nausea or diarrhea. Other that pain, everything else seems normal. I generally drink around 2 quarts of water a day, so dehydration is not an issue. Appetite has been down, but I can still eat and seems to have no impact on pain.
CT scans said no gallstones or anything, Doc said he could see nothing wrong.
This morning I realized that the pain felt like a cramp, except constant. Pain in back has spread to left side in past couple days. Vicodin and Ibuprofen from VA has lowered pain to a 5, manageable but still constant. Until yesterday, had been taking nothing for pain. I only take the Vicodin when pain hits about 8-9 because I dislike the feeling and am used to dealing with pain.
VA seems to think that the only course of action is to treat the pain, but I'd like to fix the problem instead of drugging it down.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your attention.
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