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Oct 18, 2014 12:17 PM

Hi all,
Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm 43, married with a 16 year old son, living in St. Louis, MO. I had Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2001, went through chemo and have been in remission since 2002. My chronic abdominal pain started suddenly in 2006. No ones sure exactly why - I still have no diagnosis despite going to Johns Hopkins in 2010. I've gone through 6 pain doctors, most of whom told me the pain was 'all in my head' or even better, 'all I wanted was the drugs.' I've had 13 surgeries over the years. My brother in law likes to tease me, that I have nothing left for them to take out.

I finally had a morphine pump implanted in July. It's helped the original pain quite a bit, but I'm recovering very slowly from the surgery itself. Sigh.

I'm looking forward to getting to know you all.


Oct 18, 2014 1:24 PM

Hi Amy

My name is Mary, you found the best place. Everyone here helps each other. Wow, you have really gone through so much. I don't know how anyone could say the pain is all in your head, but I've had that too. No one really gets it unless their suffering. There are days I look nice (for me), and I've had others say wow your looking great. Thanks but the pain is hard to take. I had a fractured knee, surgery, OA, injections galore, to no relief. Now I'm on Gabapentin and Percocet, all week my pain was much better, today, I hurt.

I hope your feeling ok...as ok goes ya know.

Welcome to the forum:-)

Oct 18, 2014 1:57 PM

Hi Amy,

I'm Belle, 44, living in Florida, suffering from the fallout of a freak car accident. Welcome to the forum! Amy is right, we all support each other, share experiences, tips and tricks. It's great to have a place to come to where everyone understands and empathizes.

Looking forward to your posts!

Oct 18, 2014 3:24 PM

Oh, I forgot to add in my Ft Worth, TX. There was a cool front last night but it's warm today, and for some reason I hurt more today. Anyway, welcome again:-)

Oct 18, 2014 3:36 PM

I lived in Keller from '87-89, graduated from Keller HS in 89. I haven't been back since 1997. I'm sure I wouldn't recognize Keller now.

Oct 18, 2014 3:47 PM

No you sure wouldn't, it's grown so large it's unreal. More toll roads, a mess

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