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I've just been diagnosed with having this condition after constant pain for 6 months and many trips to my GP and A&E. The pain has been coming and going for 6 months but it came on again almost a fortnight ago and has been so bad I ended up in hospital. I can't lie on my back, can't go anywhere near my left side and struggle to sleep as the pain is agonizing. Every time I take a deep breath i get stabbing pains and feel like I'm having a heart attack. The pain has spread to my back but is mainly down my left hand side. I'm a fairly active person but have given everything up over the past 2 weeks and have even had to take time off work - it's taking over my life! As I'm fairly new to it I don't know much about how to manage the pain or how to deal with it apart from taking very strong codeine which I still don't feel works that well! I can't take anti-inflams as have been told they're too harsh on my stomach. I don't understand how people are expected to just live with this condition... It has been a long and painful two weeks and I continually find myself in tears and very frustrated. I'm only 26 and don't want this to take over! Does anyone have any advice? I see some people have been to a physio / chiropractor ... Are you finding this to be successful?
Thanks! I appreciate any advice / tips as to how I can better manage this!
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