Since Feb/March of this year I have been suffering with chronic abdominal pain.
It began with sharp pangs in my upper abdomen that grew progressively worse and made me nauseous and exhausted. I went to urgent care when the pain became unbearable, it felt like poison was seeping out of my organs. They said they thought it was acid reflux, gave me some Gaviscon and sent me home.
The next day it got much worse, I developed a fever and became very weak. At this point they did admit that my symptoms seemed more suggestive of a serious issue, and I was hospitalised over the weekend awaiting an ultrasound scan. The only pain relief I was given during this time was oral paracetamol.
The scan came back clear and the attending doctor requested a gastroscopy for me. I went through the gastroscopy in April.
Since, I have suffered chronic pain, multiple gastric infections and I am exhausted all the time. I have regular dizzy spells and I always feel nauseous. I have been bleeding heavily and irregularly, my stool is black and I am ill with diarrhoea most everyday. Some days the pain is lesser but most days, it feels like my intestines are wrapping around themselves.
Today, I only just received my gastroscopy results, allowing them to arrange for a colonoscopy in a few months time and take further blood tests.
I feel like I'm not being taken seriously, I feel that they think I'm malingering. But I wake up at 3 am with agonising abdominal pains crying my eyes out. My pain is very much real and no health professional seems to care.
I am a 20 year old woman, I should be having the best days of my life, but I spent most days on the sofa crying out. I'm exhausted and I really need help or support or ideas.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.