I really need some help with a diagnosis for my poor husband!! He gets these sudden attacks of severe abdominal pain and vomiting, that just seem to come out of nowhere… he is virtually crippled during these attacks, cant walk properly, almost screaming in pain.. sometimes the only forewarning (if any) is hot/cold sweats shortly before, and twice he had black/sticky stools, once there was blood in the vomit – may have been due to the violent vomiting. He also seems to be really confused/out of it sometimes when its happening but that may be the painkillers they keep giving him. It has been recurring about 5 or 6 times for about 5 months now and the doctors just can’t figure out anything and keep sending us away and tell us to come back to hospital next time it happens again!
We go to the emergency room and they just give him morphine for the pain (he seems to need at least 10mg to relieve it at all) and maxalon, they also tried buscopan and heaps of other drugs but nothing works. We have done CT scans, xrays, etc they keep checking for appendicitis, gallstones, and never find anything. He always has a high white blood cell count too (16 last time, can’t remember the other times). He was admitted for 4 days once and they thought maybe he had ulcers so they did an endoscopy, which found nothing (and also made him violently ill again due to the anaesthetic). He is still taking nexium for ulcers, even though the endoscopy was clean, but has been taking it for 5 months now and had 4 more attacks since then.
These attacks/symptoms sometimes disappear as suddenly as they come on – most recently was last night, he got sick about 4:30/5pm quite suddenly, I came home from work to find him curled up on the floor vomiting and moaning. I took him back to the hospital at 6pm and by 10:30pm, he just suddenly got better – they gave him so many pain killers during the first 2 hours he was there and nothing worked, they would not give him anymore as they said he would have to go on a respirator if they did! 2.5 hrs later the symptoms just disappeared! This has happened several times for varying lengths of time with pain lasting from 5 hrs – 12 hrs at a time, sometimes he feels better only for a day or two, sometimes 2 or 3 months he is fine and then its back and we go through all the same tests all over again….