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duodenal ulcers

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 18, 2008
  • 08:48 AM

Only posting this for the benefit of others. I have had my correct diagnosis and cure for ten years. I had a long history of duodenal ulcers and had been using cemetadines to alleviate that pain when eventually the tablets just stopped working and I was in severe pain. I had no regular doctor and saw the first one I could find. He diagnosed kidney stones or kidney problems and another doctor at same clinic said same thing.
The PAIN was atypical. It started at the back near my kidney and seemed to penetrate right through like a hot knife. It was spasmodic and lasted anywhere from a few minutes to about ten minutes but could be in very quick succesive bouts.
No proper diagnosis was available and I was sent on the rounds of doctors and specialists for about two years all of whom told me various things (spinal nerver damges etc) but never once looked for ulcers.
The PAIN by this time had increased to include shooting electric type pains across my chest. Severe pain when I lifted anything. Pain along the spine and various other pains I can hardly remember now. I was also given drugs that were contraindicated for ULCERS and could have caused severe damage.
Eventually a doctor sent me for a barium meal x-ray and they found three active ulcers. I had some SOMAC and all of the pain disappered for the first time in 30 years. Soon after I had treatment for the helicobacter virus and all has been well ever since. I live in the same city as Barry Marshall who just recieved the Nobel Prize for science for discoverng the link between the helicobacter virus and ulcers. However none of the many doctors saw the link because my pain was ATYPICAL.
For those with undiagnosed pain I can sympathise, as it can be the cruellest of things. The doctors weren't listening and had basically given up on me and my guess is that they thought it was all in my head.
If you have undiagnosed pain don't give up. At least 7 doctors and specialist were wrong and not only for the ulcers but for undiagnosed gout I had some years ago.
I sincereley hopes this information can be of some use to people on this forum.

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