It is amazing how far I have traveled on this path of chronic pain and illness. The pain pump has been a major milestone! It has given me the ability to determine where my pain and discomfort is coming from…rather than the symptoms just shouting over each other to be heard.
Almost two weeks ago, I was able to explain to my GI Specialist my abdominal issues with specific symptoms! With my complicated history which includes Pelvic Floor Syndrome, rectal prolapse, spastic colon, permanent colostomy (sigmoid colon and rectum removed), and IBS, it provided the glimpse that he needed to best determine the next step. I will be undergoing a Gastric Emptying Scan next week to determine if my stomach is working properly…must determine just how much of my GI tract is involved.
I am anxious to find out if the malfunctions of my lower GI tract are “isolated” or if my upper GI tract is also involved. Another crucial piece of my medical conditions will be better understood!
As so many of us with chronic conditions know, it takes time to put all pieces together. It takes so much effort and energy to get diagnoses due to whatever symptoms are screaming the loudest! Living with Fibromyalgia, Polyarthralgia, Chronic Pain Disorder, Somatic Symptom Disorder, Neuralgia, Postherpetic Neuralgia, Paresthesia along with the above referenced GI disorders make determining the origin of symptoms extremely difficult.
So many years…so many doctors…so many appointments…not to mention the tests and imaging/scans! This path of chronic illnesses and conditions is not easy…there are no easy fixes…it forces us to rediscover ourselves while it strips us of the lives we had.