I too would like to welcome you to Healing Well. I am so glad you found us, however, we always hate to see one more person come along with chronic pain. Its amazing how many us of there are out there. By coming here you have people to talk to, people that can relate to what you are saying. Communication and understanding are one of the many things lacking in treating CP. Most people give you the cross eyed look when you mention CP. Many of us can talk to family and friends about our pain and many like me do not talk to them about it. I chose to stop a long time ago, I know I was sick of hearing it and I also know they were too, lol.
The losses we have because of CP is unbelievable in the eyes of alot of people. Many of us lose our jobs because we cannot do the work, so then we feel the financial hardship, the changes we have to make in our lives because of financial constraints, then we lose our self worth because we do not think we are holding up our end of the stick, we lose friends (true friends stick by you-aquaintances leave you), depression grabs ahold of you, the what-ifs jump in, the unknowns makes you feel nuts at times, we grieve for our losses, some of us need professional help to learn to deal with everything, trying to figure out to make a new life and learn to adjust. The list goes on and on.
Finding good intelligent drs is a big problem with CP. Some of our PM drs have limited knowledge treating CP patients, most of those guys were anesthesiologist to start with. Some only want to do injections and procedures, others will do that and rx pain medication.
You have been thru so much, I am at a loss as to what they could possibly test you for now! Like Frances I have had to R/F done at L5-S1 and the facet joint done at that level, I had the cervical area done too, have had more trigger point injections than you can imagine. All of this is temporary and not a fix. It will be interesting to see what the GI dr has to say. He may be surprised to see you in his office. My thoughts are to get off the Wellbutrin and try one of the newer antidepressants and after seeing the GI go back to the PM dr and talk about putting you on a long acting pain medication with a short acting for BT pain.
I hope you will hang out here with us, you know the old saying misery loves company,lol. I do not think you will find a better group of people to offer support, tips & info, or just sharing things with than right here. Take care and keep us posted.