I've read several threads on abdominal pain, but not found anything that quite fits me. Please please help, if you can. Symptoms are as follows:
* S/P Cholecystectomy (gall bladder removed) January 2005
* Severe pain Upper Right Quadrant abdomen, front, back and side begining August 2005, feeling like gall bladder attacks.
* Pain would come on at night in prone position, last for several minutes to several hours, no relief from medications, change in position, heat, cold, etc.
* Pain was intermittent for 1 year, would come several times a week, then go away completely for a few months.
* Beginning November 2006, had another attack, and it hasn't gone away since. The nature of the pain has changed to constant nagging at the same area (4-6 on the pain scale), spiking to periods of 8-10 scale pain. Seems to originate at scar site.
* Feels like someone is stabbing my ribs with a steak knife, it's horrific. Oral medications do not help, nor do topical Lidocaine patches. Heating pad provides minimal relief, movement and activity makes it much worse.
Tests, treatments and other stuff:
* Not affected by food or drink, pain seems random.
* CBC normal, Liver enzymes elevated, all other bloodwork normal.
* Diabetes negative, shingles negative.
* Pancreatic function normal.
* Bowel and urinary functions normal.
* Negative Ultrasounds
* Negative CT scans
* Negative ERCP
* Two weeks of antibiotics
* Two weeks of antivirals
* Nerve block and corticosteroid injections to dissolve scar tissue one week ago, no change. Feels worse now at the injection sites.
Please, if anyone has ANYTHING to contribute, I'd be so grateful. So would my family. My thoughts are with all the others who are unable to find a diagnosis for their chronic pain. I was on DepoProvera for a year, coming off just as the pain became continuous. Could this possibly be related, or is it just coincidental timing?
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