Hi my daughter has been struggling for the past 15 months with severe abdominal pain and cold sweats, she was 1st sent to general surgery who found that the problem was not surgical ie any organs causing it, she then was sent to endocrinology who found her oestrogen levels to be that of a post menopausal women but she is only 22, this is down to having the contraceptive injection which she has now stopped, she was referred by the endocrinologist to Gastrenterology who she saw yesterday, when she told him how she was, not getting any sleep and when asleep being woken up with pain he basically laughed in her face the pain is similar to gall bladder pain but on the left side, she has also taken anti inflammatories with no stomach protection eg omeprazole he again laughed it off, he eventually examined her and said it wasn't her bowel which had never been in question, he went on to say it's your ribs pressing on your organs ie spleen, I asked if there was any problem with her spleen and he said no it's because she is a bit overweight (approx 2 stone) that was making the ribs press, he then said she was addicted to codeine and that its her body wanted more so her body is telling her brain that she has severe pain. He finished off by saying it wasn't his problem to go home only take paracetamol and exercise. She came away feeling like an overweight drug addict!! I do know that taking pain relief over any long period can start to make pain worse, what annoyed me though he told her to stop the codeine but didn't tell it would have to be a gradual stop, it's a good job we knew it had to be done slowly. To top it all off I tried to get her an appointment with her GP and was told she couldn't see him for around 4 weeks as it wasn't urgent.
Sorry it's a bit long winded but just wondered if anyone had any comments, suggestions or thoughts on this diagnosis.