My boyfriend has had pain in the right upper region of his abdomen for almost 3 years now. The first onset of pain was acute, it only lasted about an hour then went away. The pain started occuring more frequently, and always at night. Now it is constant. He describes it as a dull pain that can get so bad we've nearly had to go to the emergency room.
The tests he has had:
CAT scan, multiple CBC's, abdominal x-ray, colonoscopy, STD test, allergy tests, and a biopsy of the colon. The doctors have done tests for Chron's disease, Celiac disease, and most recently say he has IBS. * Is it just me or is IBS a fallback diagnosis that docs use when they can't figure out what is going on? At any rate, the meds they gave him for IBS don't work and his symptoms don't really match.
Along with the pain he has abdominal distention (his belly is slowly getting bigger) and more firm. Recently he has had increased constipation, and allergy symptoms, difficulty breathing with the slightest exertion, nausea, and general malaise.
He takes Aleve daily and that has seemed to control the pain until recently. Now the pain is moving to the right chest/ribs area. It gets worse when he drinks alcohol.
I am an RN and for the life of me cannot figure it out. But that is the doctor's job and they aren't doing anything either. All of this is compounded by the fact that he can no longer get health insurance due to a "previous medical condition". I am fearing some sort of cancer (I am a Hospice nurse, I see it too often), or a rare, untreatable disease.
We just want an answer!
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