Hello everyone! My name is Rachel, I'm 19, I work at Starbucks, I love love love coffee.
I am currently undiagnosed with chronic pain, been in pain for 5 years.
I thought I'd come and introduce myself, share my symptoms see if anyone relates or has advice, but also joining here cause I am really the only one who believes whats going on in my body!! And I know a lot of people have dealt/deal with the same things, so I'm glad to have found someplace that I can let all this out!!
It started when I was 14, every so often I'd have a pain in my lower left abdomen. It feels like someone has a grip on some type of organ in there and won't let go. It started out once every two weeks, so I didn't think much of it. Then I would feel sick, chills and nausea, then over the first year of the pain it got more frequent and ever since I was 15 I can't remember a day I wasn't in pain. My symptoms are wild and all over the place, but the abdominal pain has always been the consistent one.
But, for kicks and giggles, heres a fun list of all my symptoms!
Nausea (vomit only rarely but definitely more than a normal person!), diarrhea, constipation, gas, major stomach bloating, eating small amounts and feeling full, constant fatigue, lower back pain/back ache, occasional pain up the bootyhole (itll be random too, not always during bathroom visits, and itll be sudden), I've had a few times over the years where I've had blood in the stool but nothing too bad, headaches and dizziness come fairly often too.
Over the five years other symptoms have come and gone but I never knew if the related or not, those listed are just the common ones.
I've had one laporoscopy (they thought it was endometriosis) and found nothing, ultra sound, blood tests to infinity and beyond, I couldn't tell you which ones, tried almost every diet on this planet, and on many medications that have never helped one bit.
Planning on seeing the Gastro next, my last one was very rude and made fun of my symptoms, but thats another story!! Hopefully I can find a good one here next.
Anyways, thats me! Anyone relate? I'm really excited to join this forum and its nice to meet you all