• 2 months ago

    Debilitating Chronic Abdominal Pain

    Hi, My name is Tom. I have been suffering from chronic abdominal pain for over 5 years now. Twice it has led me to take disability at work. It affects both my physical and mental well being. I have not been given a formal diagnosis to date and have seen numerous GI docs locally, Thomas Jefferson Hospital, and University of Pennsylvania Hospital. I also have sleep apnea, back pain, depression and anxiety disorder. I am on a cocktail of 12+ prescription drugs. As a pharmacist, I wish I never started any of these but I am husband and father of 3 and need to work. My pain at it’s worse is in the morning. I have to take my meds and use a TENS device before I am able to function. I would say the majory of my pain is epigastric and other symptoms include headache, chills/sweats, occ. nausea, occ. diarrhea, occ. constpation, and fatigue. Some days are worse then others. Any solid food magnifies the symptoms, so I don’t eat often, yet don’t seem to lose weight. I feel as if I am at my wits end. Any recommendations or suggestions...anything helpful, kindly respond.
    Thank you.