I'm wondering if anyone else is dealing with this, and if you are, maybe we can commiserate.
I've been sick for six months. Stabbing, gripping, unbearable pains in my ribs mostly, but also throughout my abdomen, chest, back, and shoulders. The longer it goes on, the more of my body hurts - armpits, elbows, full arms, now down into my legs and up into my neck. I've had fevers regularly, and my blood pressure is through the roof. I'm a 29 year old woman, and I've lost almost 50 lbs in 6 months.
I've been in hospitals in two countries, and they always run the same tests - CT, ultrasound, endoscopy, full blood screen, urine analysis. Every time, the doctor comes in to give me the great news that the tests came back totally normal - there's nothing wrong with me! Except that I'm laying in front of them writhing and screaming in pain - debilitating pain that means I can't do my job anymore, that means I'm scared to eat, that puts my blood pressure sky high until I have spells of disorientation and confusion.
And the doctors are always so happy, and I'm am always so angry. They see me get upset to get negative test results, and then they assume that my issues are emotional - I'm a hypochondriac, I'm med seeking, it's all just anxiety. I got sick 6 months ago. Before that, I was a respected academic and professional. Now, I'm suddenly a woman with emotional issues and negative test results.
How do you all deal with this? What coping mechanisms have you developed to get through undiagnosed illness? I could use any advice you've got.