Hi all fellow pain sufferers,
I ask your help in providing some constructive advise as to how to deal with doctors and other health professionals whom seem to disregard the amount of pain I'm in and the cause of without seeing the importance of working out the cause of pain. More pain killers and stronger doses are the answer apparently. I alone must be costing the NHS thousands.
I've read so many of your stories and can relate to most of your symptoms so without boring you with my story chronologically my symptoms are thus,
Groin pain (right side mainly but has travelled to left on occasion or both) started about 18 months ago during the time of ovulation. The pain became worse over time and eventually continued until my circle began. Now I'm afraid the pain is continuous with variant degrees.
The sensation is a mixture of things. A deep pulling down effect, right side feels swollen at times with a sensation of squashing something when I sit, bend over or lean to the right. It's at its worse just before, during and just after my period. I honestly feel like my very insides are about to fall out.
It's also worth a mention that up until now I haven't had a problem with my periods, their not heavy or painful so endometriosis doesn't sound likely but I haven't ruled it out. I am 45 after all and consider myself in the "peri-menopausal" time of my life.
Since September of last year my lower back pain started again. I slipped L4 L5 disc about 13 years ago and get little issues every now and then but unfortunately this time it doesn't want to leave.
Doctors have prescribed the usual, Tramadol, Diazipam Gaberpentin etc etc (need I go on).MRI scan confirms a degenerative disc which is herniated but does not explain the severity of the pain I'm in.
So to date I'm waiting to see the doctors at the Pain Clinic then an appointment in June (have waited 2 months for this appointment already) at the Gyne clinic.
I suppose Im trying to cut as much unnecessary waste of time as I can. I'm trying to run a business which is being effected by this constant pain.
Can anyone suggest how I can push this situation forward in obtaining a confirmed diagnosis and treatment. I really feel I've aged 20 years in the last 6 months and I simply cannot live like this anymore.
Fellow pain sufferer