I was hoping my health would have improved after experiencing chronic pain complications after returning to work following my 8th surgery; but alas, there has been none.
|Where I've Been Having Chronic Pain since 9/13/21|
started feeling as though they are ripping from the inside out whenever my abdominal muscles are strained or stretched in the least bit.
I returned to the surgeon on 10/6/21 and he decided to order another CT scan without contrast as my pain hadn't improved. My latest CT scan on 10/14/21 revealed a small hiatal hernia and everything else remained the same. I was distraught upon reading these results. I fully expected to require additional surgery in my lifetime but I didn't expect the possibility of another surgery so soon. I contacted the surgeon's office asking to speak to him about the CT results as I was very upset. He contacted me via phone that afternoon and the information I was provided was even further upsetting to me. I had been crying nearly non-stop after reading my CT results and was actively crying when he called me. The surgeon told me that he believed:
- My hernia wasn't causing or contributing to my pain even the upper stomach pain
- My pain isn't new
- I've had this hernia all along
- He was releasing me to my GI and PCP as he has nothing to offer me or idea what is causing my pain
- Upper stomach pain can be a pain symptom of hiatal hernia
- The pains I've been reporting since 9/13/21 are new, I didn't have them before surgery and the issues I was having prior to surgery, I'm no longer having
- I have had multiple, repeated testing that includes the ones used to diagnose a hiatal hernia and none of those tests ever showed a hiatal hernia until this one
- He isn't convinced I even have a hernia. If I do have a hiatal hernia, it is "tiny".
- He doesn't believe my possible hiatal hernia is causing me any issues
- He doesn't recommend surgery at this time as he doesn't believe it would benefit me and would only worsen my health issues
- He believes I have recovered well from the surgery itself and my incision pain is likely due to adhesions. My abdomen is also not likely to ever feel "normal" due to all the surgeries I've required so the abdomen issues I'm having are likely to be my normal. (Honestly, I figured as much so I wasn't surprised)
- He doesn't know what is causing my pain and believes my other doctors are "throwing darts" but recommends scopes if gastritis is suspected and to have a Bravo pH test done at the same time to measure my stomach acid