I'm new here, I'm not sure if this is the right place for this but I'm struggling to find anywhere that it clearly connects to.
Last July I had abdominal pain one Monday, went to the doctors on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with ever increasing pain as the pills had no effect, on Thursday was refereed to the hospital, left for 24 hour obs and finally had my appendix out. The obs where because other then obviously being in pain I had no signs of an issue.
I was home Sunday afternoon and while tender was feeling better. Recovery progressed steadily and but the end of week one I was walking without a stick again. Week 2 I was able to do my kids school runs (10m drive) and all was seeming on the mend, I was still avoiding anything strenuous.
In the beginning of week 3 I very suddenly had sharp pain again exactly where my appendix was, almost identical in feeling to the original appendicitis. I went to the doctors and was told it was just "healing pain". It persisted for a month before I was sent to the hospital to be seen and was told after a 5 min chat "healing pain", possible Adhesion
Its now March, over 7 months after the operation. I've finally got a second referral as I've been in pain for the last 6 months. Before this I did outdoor work, gardening, building, hill walking... I was very active. Since this I've been all but house bound. The grass hasn't been cut in months, thankfully its winter. I've had to give up all outdoor hobbies and activities, I cant even play on the floor with my kids as getting up is very painful.
Painkillers don't seem to work very well, the only one that does, only works as its side effect puts me to sleep, but I cant even take that now as for some reason the drowsie effect lasts overnight and through to the following evening, meaning i cant drive or look after my kids.
I found that eating make it a lot worse so now only eat dinner every 2-3 days, which while lowering my generic pain also means I've lost muscle mass, its a no-win feeling. This also haled with another condition involving going to the toilet as the tank fills a lot slower. I have to still take a weekly high dose of meds to clear the system else the pain increases even further on my right lower abdomen.
Ive been to the doctors so much for help that I feel like I should get a loyalty card, and feel guilty going back when I know they cant help and others could use that appointment for getting help that the doctors could supply.
I even tried ignoring it when one possibility was suggested that it was neurological and not actual damage. I can ignore it for about an hour but the continual increase in intensity always wins out and I then pay for it for days.
My pain is strange. Its like being sick 247, a dull pain across my entire lower abdominal area. A very sharp pain from the site of my appendix up about 6 inches, which gets exponentially worse the more I try and ignore it. If my bowel isn't playing ball, I get a second stabling, throbbing pain in my lower right side extending up as far as my lowest rib, this subsides once the bowel starts doing its job again.
Ive been out of work for 6 months now, I'm currently self employed so don't get income support, and the lack of hobbies is driving me up the wall as I cant distract from the pain.
+Does anyone have any experiences like this?
+Can this really be healing pain? does healing pain not get better while healing?
+If they determine its adhesion, will they try and fix it or keep giving me pills that are making me feel even worse?
My last hospital trip was a 2 hour wait for a 5 min chat that felt like a fob off, I'm concerned that it will reoccurred as they wont see this as impacting as it is.
Anyone have any words of wisdom?
Thanks, and sorry for the essay.