I have just turned 49. I've had 2 heart attacks since January, was diagnosed with Variant Cluster Migrains at 17 and several "mini-strokes", had my gallbladder out 25 yrs ago. I've had over 800 stones removed from my common bile duct and liver since then by surgical ERCP. I have very severe stomach spasms and IBS. I'm in pain 24/7 and because the gastro. dr. is the only dr. that has given me pain meds, no other doctor will. I was on Darvocet! The pain is stressing me out and causing more heart problems. Help!!
I'm not certain I understand the problem but I do get that you are in pain and are very frustrated because you can't get the pain meds that you need. What happened to the gastro doctor that he can no longer prescribe your meds? I know Darvocet is no longer on the market. Have you tried sitting down with your primary care or new gastro doctor and explaining what effects this pain is having on your life. A lot of doctors now require that you get pain meds only from one doctor, sign a contract, use the same pharmacy and submit to random urine checks. If your doctor doesn't require you to do this, offer to do so. Make sure the doctor knows you are a trustworthy, stable individual that doesn't want their practice put in jeopardy. Also, you might try going to a pain specialist to see what their recommendation is. I don't know how far away other medical help is, but one option is to travel however far away is necessary to find a doctor that will help. I hope this has helped a bit - Regards,
I usually don't reply to questions but yours reminds me of my dad's issue and I wanted to put in my "three cents". Does your pain problem stem from any of the inflammatory bowel diseases? If it is not from stones but from IBS, I know how impossible it is to bear pain, but rather than looking for a dr. who will prescribe you more pain killers (these and sedatives can be great central nervous system depressants, affect your breathing, heart, etc), I'd strongly urge you to look into the "Specific Carbohydrate Diet", SCD, by Dr. Haas and Elaine Gottschall. These resolved my dad's heavy inflammation and bleeding, real soon, and at least partially it could improve your condition rather than treat symptoms. Talk to your dr. about it. All the best for you.
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