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Hi.
I am on this forum to hopefully find some information that can help my wife's health problem. I love her and need to do what I can to help her resolve the problem. Basically her problem is one of pain from about her breast area to just above her belly button. Has been there for about 4-6 months in varying amounts from about a 3 to some days of 10+ level.
Has had variety of tests done (scans, MRIs, blood work, bone biopsy, etc. etc.). Her primary doctor at this point believes it most likely is some variation of fibromyalgia that she was diagnosed as having before. Another doctor she saw few days ago (followup for ulcerated esophagus problem), basically said might be a chronic pain problem...... need to pursue pain management/alternative medicine path. Last few days since then she has been in pain, and depressed.
....... this whole thing started with her having giant hives back in March, which finally were resolved when she took prednisone which cleared up the hives but left her bloated, and soon after the pain in her chest-abdomen started...... never did find the cause of the hives.
Her current list of medicine includes: Effexor, Nadolol, Protonix, Ambien, Levothyroxine, Clonazepam, Neurotin and Hydrocod for pain. Was taking Percaset? before for pain...... neither seem to help much. She also just stopped taking Diazepam (replaces Valium) to help her sleep.

Please give me your input.............
Thx.
Bob
Hi!

This is my first posting on the forum. So please bear with me!

Hi Bob,

I just had to write to you, and tell you to not give up!

I suffered with chronic pain in my side for many years. I've had multiple tests and scans. They always came back with nothing. Good that it wasn't serious, but it still didn't help me to find a solution.

I was told by doctors to just go home and take it easy. :rolleyes:

My pain seemed to flare up whenever it felt like it! Sometimes things seemed to set it off....other times they didn't. I finally ended up in the ER with a prescription for percocet. I knew that wasn't the answer either!

As my pain intensified, I couldn't sleep...began to lose weight....anxiety increased....depressed....I'm sure you get the idea.

I pushed and pushed to see a specialist. My family doctor didn't think I needed one. My pain had gotten so bad I couldn't stand to sit! I finally decided I had to go past him, and made the appointment without a referral.

Bob, if your wife has had all the tests, and they can't 'find' anything...please follow up their suggestion and see a pain management specialist. Then ask them about a 'TENS'..."transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation" device. I wish someone would have told me about them years ago.

It has electrodes you stick on over the area of pain, and a little transistor about the size of a deck of cards I put in my pocket. It sends little electrical impulses over the area to disrupt the pain signals to your brain. Mine was covered by my insurance.

I know it sounds odd....and it doesn't help everyone who tries them. But it might be worth a shot. I didn't think it would help me at first...and it does take some getting used to....but I have my life back now!

If you have any questions....ask away!

Your wife is on a lot of meds. You wrote a doctor said there was a danger in stopping suddenly. Clonazepam I'm familiar with. And yes, if she's been taking it for a while she shouldn't stop that one suddenly.

Please keep in contact with your doctor. And someone else suggested another opinion. I too think that would be a good idea. Meds can be hard on a body.

Best wishes to you and your wife, Bob
jan

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Hi.
I am on this forum to hopefully find some information that can help my wife's health problem. I love her and need to do what I can to help her resolve the problem. Basically her problem is one of pain from about her breast area to just above her belly button. Has been there for about 4-6 months in varying amounts from about a 3 to some days of 10+ level.
Has had variety of tests done (scans, MRIs, blood work, bone biopsy, etc. etc.). Her primary doctor at this point believes it most likely is some variation of fibromyalgia that she was diagnosed as having before. Another doctor she saw few days ago (followup for ulcerated esophagus problem), basically said might be a chronic pain problem...... need to pursue pain management/alternative medicine path. Last few days since then she has been in pain, and depressed.
....... this whole thing started with her having giant hives back in March, which finally were resolved when she took prednisone which cleared up the hives but left her bloated, and soon after the pain in her chest-abdomen started...... never did find the cause of the hives.
Her current list of medicine includes: Effexor, Nadolol, Protonix, Ambien, Levothyroxine, Clonazepam, Neurotin and Hydrocod for pain. Was taking Percaset? before for pain...... neither seem to help much. She also just stopped taking Diazepam (replaces Valium) to help her sleep.

Please give me your input.............
Thx.
Bob