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I have a long medical history in the past eight months and I want to lay everything out so that someone may point me in the right direction. I am a 27 year old male with no medical problems at all and no surgeries or anything.
In the end of April 2016 I had a period of constipation alternating with diarrhea. I did not really notice any bloating, then all of a sudden after having an episode of diarrhea prior to bad constipation the following week I noticed my stomach was badly distended and felt uncomfortable. It really seemed that this occurred very suddenly--however I cannot rule out that this condition occurred slowly and I only noticed it when it reached a certain level. So this was something I chose to ignore until I started to get intermittent pain in my stomach. This marked the beginning of an exhaustive medical search and I've now reached a dead end with my gastro and I really don't know what to do as I'm scared that I'll have this pain my whole life or that perhaps it is a cancer that has gone undetected.
As time has progressed the nature and the persistence of the pain has changed. The one thing that has been totally constant is my bloating/distention.
I went to get first endoscopy in june. Nothing. Ultrasound done--nothing except gall ladder polyp 0.4 cm and echogrnicity in liver suggesting fatty liver. Then i had cat scan in er in july-- they found notbing. Then I had stool test. Positive for lactoferrin. Colonoscopy showed nothing except for mild chronic inflammation. Mild chronic inflammation prompted mri enterography which showed mild distention of jejunum but it also could have been decompression of film so dr wanted to do pill endoscopy. Pill endoscopy showed a linear ulcer in an trum of stomach... did not show anything in small.bowel however there was delayed gastric emptying of the pill which my dr really had no answer for aND said he couldn't see end of small bowel for that reason. Had another endoscopy last week to look at ulcer. Ulcer was already healing after I had been given prilosec the week prior. Now dr wants to stop tests and keep me on amitriptalyne for pain. It is not working.
My pain first started as intermittent then it transitioned into a mild dull ache in my general abdomen area. Then in July the pain become severe- I could not eat I was in agony. Pain calmed down with intermittent flares. Then after a month of intense pan. My pain had gone into a cycle of turning off and going back on what seemed to be exactly every two weeks. This went on for months. In the last month my pain has become continous again but now the pain feels less generalized and more located in my epigastric region. Sometimes when the pain really flares I feel it in my chest also. The pain is a steady pain and nothing I do makes it worse or better.
So please, Unremitting pain and bloating and discomfort for 8 months now. What should I do? Who should I see? I am in nyc and I have good healthcare. I fear that my life is basically over I have some manageable days but the pain and discomfort is too persistent for me to have a normal life. I fear that something could have been missed.
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