I've been having pain in my side for several months now, and only recently has it gotten to the point where some days it's unbearable. And by unbearable, I mean feeling like someone is stabbing me with a butcher knife and twisting it just for giggles. Is that descriptive enough? No? What about poking me with a searing hot skewer. Or scooping my insides out with a garden shovel.
I think you get the picture.
I've seen several doctors, the most recent a gastroenterologist, and none of them can seem to tell me what it is exactly that's wrong with me. I've had ultrasounds, a CT scan, and blood work - all of which have come back with nothing conclusive. The GI doctor thinks that it's muscular, so he suggested to me a few weeks ago that I get a cortisone shot in hopes that it might help. God bless him for trying, but all it really did was FREAKING HURT and leave a really nasty bruise. Now he has me on anti-spasmatic (that's a mouthful, right? and also something that seems more appropriate for my off the wall kids) medication to help ease what he thinks is deep muscle pain. Well, it's not working either. My next step is laparoscopy and that is just not at all convenient at the moment.
What's a Mommy to do? I feel a little bit like how I felt after I had my c-section and wasn't supposed to lift or bend or cough the wrong way - how is a mother supposed to do that? I've kind of gone into a zen-like state while trying to manage my pain. I try to ignore it as best I can to get through the day (with a healthy dose of ibuprofen and a few visits with my heating pad), at least until surgery becomes either totally necessary or a bit more conducive to our schedules.
Have you ever been overwhelmed by pain (physical or emotional)? How did you manage?
*On a side note, I had a LOVELY Mother's Day thanks to my hubby who let me sleep in (PURE BLISS) and painstakingly painted all my patio furniture. I hope all you mommys out there had a great one too!