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.
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'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.