Yeah, I think a low-dose of amitriptyline was one of the first ones I tried after the surgery. Now I'm on a stronger anti-depressant that, ironically, seems to depress me (or maybe it's just that I've been in pain for most of the past 3 years now). There's been talks of trying other muscle-relaxers/antispasmodics again, but I've already tried a number of them. I've been on so many varieties of pills that I really can't imagine anything suddenly doing the trick where all other similarly applied prescript
ions have somehow failed. Part of me feels like there's something physical that could be corrected surgically, but that's a tough sell when your doctors say they've already done their job correctly on the surgical front.
I may have another manometry test coming up, but the doctors aren't too confident in finding anything considering how well the barium swallow went. I almost wish my symptoms were consistently awful all the time so that these tests could see what it's like at it's worst. For better or worse, though, the symptoms wax and wane unevenly. Just having to wait to go to the doctor or surgeon, get a test scheduled, and go back in to review the results, get scheduled another drug that doesn't work and being told to suffer through it for another month... it's really taking its toll.
I've been enduring this so long under the hope that my health will eventually be redeemed. With the outlook starting to suggest that this decline won't be improving, though, one must wonder how to resolve a fruitless situation.
Post Edited ([J.K.]) : 5/6/2014 10:18:24 AM (GMT-6)