My boyfriend's cronic pain

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/17/2009 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I've known my boyfriend for 9 months. Durring that time he's had constent pain in his abdomanal area. This has aparently gone on for as long as he can remember. Sometimes it gets so bad that I make him go to the ER in the hope that they will take him seriously and try to find a way to stop it. He's undergone almost every test the Dr.s can think of and they've all come back normal (except a polip durring a colenoscopy) He's 26 years-old, has constent cramping, dull, pain with bouts of stabbing burning pain that has him dubbled over on the bed crying. He is lactose intolarent, smokes, vomits about 2 times a week dew to the pain, and is epaleptic. He does NOT have constapation or diarea almost ever.
The biggest problem we have is that the pain stops him from eating for 3-4 days a week. AT ALL! He has waighed 96lbs before and he's 5'10"! Unfortunitly the Dr.s don't belive him that he's in pain because the only thing that makes it so that he can eat is smoking pot. They all think he's trying to get a perscription for recreational use! Dr.s usualy take him seriously and do tests until he says that pot helps him eat. Then they stop testing, glare at him, and say that it must be IBS and to go home and eat yougert. (oviously ignoring hte lactose intolarence on his chart)
What I'd like to ask everyone here is: Does this actualy sound like IBS? We'd be all for treating it and getting on with life if that's actualy what it is. But it just seems like the Dr.s think very little of him and are trying to get rid of him. The whole reason he's going through all these tests is so that he can get on meds for whatever he has and STOP using pot! They don't seem to hear that part.
Thank you so much!

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 10/18/2009 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know but let me ask you question, what is his typical diet like?
UC and IBS
Current Meds: Lialda 4 tab a day, Prontonix 40mg twice a day

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 10/18/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Great question!

If there's anything I've learned to be true in my IBS struggle is that diet is extremely important.

That old saying - you are what you eat? It's true!
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

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   Posted 10/18/2009 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
My medical 2 cents: There are many anti-emetics that are just as if not more effective than THC. There are GI tract serotonin blocker like Zofran; antihistamines like Benadryl and Dramamine; phenothiazines like Reglan, Compazine, and Phenergan; anticholinergics like Scopolamine patches; and there are also holistic remedies like ginger and peppermint. Cannabinoids can be useful for nausea, but there are so many other anti-emetics with comparatively low risk. I've also only heard of cannabinoids being prescribed to AIDs or cancer patients where starvation could ensue if not treated aggressively.
Dx: Supratrochlear nerve obstruction/compression & severe migraine.

Rx: Opana ER, Transdermal Scopolamine

PRN: Zofran, Opana IR, Actiq

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