Hi again Jenny. It is nice to hear from a home-stater :) And one that is the same age...I completely understand the feeling old part (not quite the 80, but I told someone recently 36 is like the new 56).
When all this started nearly 4 months ago, it was what was thought to be pains realated to side affects of the nicotine patches I started on. I had intense chest pains 3 days after starting them. After keeping them off for a few weeks, the pain, while never completely waining, returned in full force one day accompanied by a bad bloody stool and intense pain in my left abdomen. My Dr. got me right in, and a PA determined that i was positive for blood in both ends and immediately admitted me to the hospital. i was really stunned, but in a lot of pain, so I agreed. To get the pain under control, they tried morphine that evening and night, but i only got about an hour of sleep and drank a bunch of water, as the morphine apparently gave me the cotton mouth.
The next morning, hearing that the morphine wasn't cutting it, they upped me to dilauted every 2 hours, which I am not sure helped with the pain but rather knocked me out for naps. On a side note, I got a bill from my Dr for a visit that I swear to this day didnt happen in the hospital...
So, after xrays, cat scans and a consult with a GI Dr. the following day, they scheduled an upper and lower GI for the next day. I just gotta say, I admire, but do not desire, the job of that poor young girl that had the job of collecting the results of a gallon of GoLightly. So I remember coming out of the haze of anisthesia and the GI Dr, stating all he did was remove 1 pollup and "thought" there might be some Diverticulosis in there.
I was released after a consult and given orders for a plethora of meds and a high fiber diet, which I complied to, but didnt notice any change except for my belly growing cause I was so sedentary and a lapse in my ability to function cause I was so drugged up. I havent stuck completely with that recommendation, but I never had what I would consider a bad diet prior to that, and I weaned myself off of pretty much everything prescibed.
Anyway, the pains I was experiencing started moving to my right lower abdomen, up under my right ribcage, and continuing up my right side to under my armpit, which is where it has been, at varying degerees, for about the past 2 1/2 months. Even in the times of the sharpest pain, I can put pressure on those spots and there is no change in the pain. After a scope up the front (I dont know the proper term...), the urologist, after stating everything was good, told me to see a back specialist since all the GI work was negative or negligable to this point.
Whrn the PM put me in PT, they even were surprised I was there since the pain seemed to radiate from points in the ribs on the back and the spine.
So, I hope this gives you a better picture of what I have had done to this point. Thank you again for your follow ups to my posts and I appreciate your replies.