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Hi guys, i've read a few of these and was hoping anybody could share if they've had a similar experience of what i've had for the past 2 months.
So started with a pain in my shoulder blade that went down into my arms, phoned the doctor who guessed a trapped nerve and prescriped diazepam and co-codamol.. Came off diazepam and upped co-codamol to 30mg. Took this for another 4 weeks to try and manage pain when one night I took a turn with it and had burning stomach pain. Doctor said to come off co-codamol and gave me something a bit gentler.
Kept going back as pain was persisting and had moved in my lower back on both sides along with the stomach pain (shoulder and arm pain had now gone). Doctor then passed me off to a nurse with suspected UTI (never had pain when going to the toilet so i wasnt convinced) who prescribed 2 rounds of antibiotics, stomach settlers, acid reducers - i think in the space of 2 months they tried 11 different tablets before they saw me face to face due to the covid situation. When the nurse finally saw me she noticed some tenderness in my abdomen on the right side, just below my bellybutton so suspected potentially kidney or gallbladder problems (this is consistent with the shoulder pain i started off with). Blood, stool and urine tests have all come back fine so they havent offered to do any scans.
Fastforward to 5 days ago - back pain has gotten worse significantly on the right side just below my ribs, i can barely eat anything due to the burning pain in my stomach, i've had a high heart rate and a temperature for weeks. Had to phone 111 as resting heart rate was sitting between 120-140 and felt generally unwell. Saw an oncall doctor 4 days ago who rushed me to hospital with suspected bleeding in my ovary which turned out to be fine. Now just off the phone with another doctor (i havent been able to contact my own gp since the start of this as he's been away for weeks).
This doctor has pretty much just told me to stop calling and wait until my gp is available again. He has looked over my notes and says its IBS and I should get used to it and has offered to prescribe me with 2 tablets that should help my symptoms - 1 of which i have already tried and didnt work.
I've looked at the symptoms for IBS and i just don't fit a lot of them. Pain doesnt go away after going to the toilet, i dont have any stomach cramps, there is no mucus in stool and i'm not passing gas more than normal. I do have mixed bowel habits and i haven't noticed any triggers with food or anything as i simply haven't been able to eat enough due to the burning pain in stomach and nausea. The burning pain does get worse after eating though.
I just dont know if i should accept the IBS diagnosis considering i've been offered no other scans so feels much like a way to get me to stop pestering them. Some times the pain is so bad i cant walk normally - i'm 20 years old so im also scared i just dont want to accept that this will be me with this pain for the rest of my life. Any help/guidance or even just your own experience would be appreciated x
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