My husband has been to several doctors and none of them care to investigate his symptoms deep enough. Any help would be appreciated.
Oct 2006 - He wakes up at about 2 in the morning with severe abdominal pain. He is only 27 and is in good shape, always concerned with diet and exercise. I rush him to the hospital. I think he is having a heart attack. He is actually crippled from pain and screaming. When I hit bumps on the drive, it appears to rip through his body.
Emergency room runs all tests. Blood ok, but urine shows a slight elevation of keytones. They were not concerned about it. He does eat a high protein low carb diet. We assumed (for that reason) that kidney stones were the obvious answer. None showed up on xrays or ct scan.
Pain dulled and after 2-3 days it was totally gone.
Spring 2007 - Scan with dye and barium drink performed. No diverticulitis. Nothing unusual.
Sept. 2007. Same old story. Wakes up with extreme pain, not predictable with diet. Go to emergency room. Same tests. No abnormalities. Sent home after pain shot.
Return in 4 hours to emergency room. Pain still intense. Given pain pills . Tests repeated again. Blood, urine and xrays clear. Pain dulls and leaves after about 2-3 days.
March 2008- Wakes up to intense stabbing pain - Its always in the middle, right below ribcage. Radiates downward toward pelvic bone. Doctor this time thinks its a gastric problem. No answers at all. Not even a guess. All blood, urine and xrays come back normal. Doctor does not understand the intensity of the pain.
Doctors look at us like we are lying, pill chasers. They do not believe in the pain. My husband says it feels like he is being stabbed with a knife in the center of his abdomen. When the pain is at its worst, he shakes and sweats. Blood cell counts are normal always.
We cannot understand why it keeps happening and we cannot relate it to diet. Generally, my husband is careful about his diet, always watches trans fat, levels of fat, very very few fried foods.
Every now and then he does get acid reflux or heartburn- never diagnosed. This pain seems to be much lower in his stomach than what hearburn is. That is why our initial thought was kidney stones.
Any help or suggestions of testing would be greatly appreciated.
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