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    Old 07-11-2015, 01:40 AM   #1
    Goose123
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    Chronic Abdominal and Chest Pain

    Hi All,

    My name is Paul, I'm from London England, I've just turned 60 and I 'm a chronic pain sufferer, the latest "episode" started in February of this year. This is my first post on this forum.

    Throughout my life I have suffered three previous "episodes" of Chronic pain....first in 1998, Abdominal pain which lasted about 2 years before resolving completely probably on its own, I then suffered chronic pain from a bad tooth extraction in 2006 which also lasted approx. 2 years before I had more dental work in 2008 and the pain went away over a couple of months. Again chronic acute Abdominal pain occurred in 2010 before again I become 95% pain free in 2012.

    In February of this year I literally just woke up one morning and the abdominal pain had returned....this was one day before I flew out to Thailand for a tour (I am a musician, Drums) so my GP is of course saying the pain is stress related....but I didn't feel stressed at the time in fact looking forward to the experience !! Furthermore, as a added complication I also developed chronic upper chest pain in late February 2015 which my Doctor believes is Costochondritis. The pain is there all the time either from my chest or abdomen, it's relentless, debilitating and disabling....the pain always worsens during the day and most days reaches 8 or 9 on a pain scale of 1 to 10. Since the pain started in mid February I have been taking numerous supplements, Vit D and E, magnesium, turmeric, probotics, digestive enzymes etc....none of which to date have helped in any way. I have used a tens machine on and off for the abdominal pain ( I used one a lot in the last episode in 2010/12 and it really helped) but I have now stopped using it as I'm not convinced the machine is not making the pain worse and maybe even started the chest pain. My only pain management aid is Ice packs ( its Summer in the UK presently and it's to hot to use heat packs) I only use the ice on my abdomen as again when I used ice on my chest I'm not sure the usage made the pain worse. My GP says the pain is all stress related/ in my head...and the only medication she has prescribed is a low daily dose of amitriptyline which again has not given me any relief. The only treatment that I'm currently undertaking is neurofeedback which I took during the last chronic pain episode and I think it helped. I am going back to see my GP next week to ask for a referral to a pain clinic...my GP does not want to prescribe me any medication for the actual pain as yet...although I have asked. I have had two Chest X-rays, two ECG's and a Ultra sound scan all of which have come back as normal..also blood tests which again proved normal. I have too have 4 or 5 BMs a day as if I don't go to the loo when I have the urge the abdo pain goes off the pain scale....the BM's are usually loose possibly due to the supplements I'm taking.

    Could this pain be related to some Vitamin / Hormone, Enzyme deficiency ??

    I would be very grateful for members input into the above, any ideas treatment options, medications etc. would be most appreciated as I am like I'm sure many members are, going through a waking nightmare

    My apologies for the very long post....and I wish everyone a good and pain free day.

    Thanks for taking the time to read.

    Best wishes,



    Paul

     
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