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I have been having problems with my stomach / back for around 2 years now.
Without any pattern at all I randomly have days where I am in ridiculous amount of pain with severe stomach cramps and lower back pain around where I would guess my kidneys are. The focus of the pain being in the stomach, there is not particular side or area of the stomach, it hurts all over and is an all-consuming pain.
I have experienced some issues with my bowel movements, occasionally I feel like I can't go at all and other times I will get diarrhea. I have even woken up in the middle of the night and thrown up once after having a whole day and evening of excruciating pain. I often feel sick when the pain in my stomach is bad.
Occasionally I will also have problems when passing urine. The actual urine itself does not sting or burn but sometimes it is a struggle to be able to actually start and can cause pain before and on the very odd occasion the pain will ease after I have urinated if I was struggling to wee. Other times I feel like I am weeing every 10 minutes.
However often I have the pain with no urination or bowel problems at all.
I went to see my GP and they sent me for blood tests. All showed normal except my iron levels. They showed I was very much lacking in iron and was a bit anaemic so I am now taking ferrous sulfate to try and change that. The GP said they do not believe the lack of iron is in any way related to the stomach pain.
My GP put my pain down to IBS and prescribed Mebeverine for the stomach cramps. I took this for a week or two and I felt like I was in just as much pain if not more than when I wasn't taking it so I decided to stop taking it in case it was actually making things worse. I also tried Buscapan but again it did not make any difference if anything it just upset my tummy.
So I decided to go to the hospital as I was in so much pain and actually getting a little desperate now. They tested my urine and said it showed signs of infection so they sent me away with 3 days of antibiotics and told me to go back to my GP.
I took the antibiotics for the full 3 days and I can’t say I felt any difference at all after taking these. I called my GP surgery and they said to just see how I go (even though I had been seeing how I go for over 2 years and I am not getting any better!).
The pain now continues on and off. I would say it mainly occurs after Eating and more often in the afternoon / evening. This could be after a slice of toast, after a salad, after eating plain roast chicken, it honestly doesn’t seem to be discriminative to food, no matter what it is, it can cause me pain. The pain will normally last around 5/6 hours, sometimes longer and sometimes I just have to try and go to sleep to sleep it off and then I will wake up in the morning fine. Sometimes it will ease if I apply heat to my back but that doesn't always work.
Sometimes the pain is so bad I cannot walk or move and it reduces me to tears on most occasions. Sometimes I can go a few weeks with no pain at all and then all of a sudden I will get it every day for a week and it really is excruciating.
Occasionally I will feel quite gassy and will burp quite a bit, other times I won’t at all.
I cannot find anything regular with it and cannot work out any pattern to it.
Recently I was at work and then at around 1pm the pain started and it was unbelievable. I was in the office toilet on the floor, doubled over in so much pain, I could not stand or walk I honestly felt like I was going to pass out and throw up. Later on in the day I did also slightly struggle to get my urine out however once I did pass urine it again did not sting or burn at all.
I have spoken to my GP again over the phone as it is impossible to get an appointment there and they are still say it could be IBS. However they have asked me to do a urine sample and drop it at the hospital so I could just see what comes of that but at this stage I am losing faith in my GP. They almost make me feel bad for going to them, like I am a burden and make me feel like I am making the whole thing up and overreacting but I have been living with this for 2 years and before that I never had it at all so something clearly isn't right. I should not be doubled over crying most evenings and I most certainly shouldn't be doing it at work.
I am just getting desperate to find out what is causing it and I am even more desperate to make it stop as it is seriously affecting my life and my work in such a bad way.
As I have previously mentioned, I have monitored what I am eating to see if certain food types trigger it and there is absolutely no pattern to it at all.
I am seriously feeling drained and slightly down and would love to get it sorted.
Any suggestions as to what it could be or what I can do to help the pain would be greatly appreciated.
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