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chronic abdominal pain

I am 44 yr old female. I have had 4 abdominal surgeries, uteris removed , overies and cysts. I had another surgery around 3 years ago to remove adhsions from surgeries that caused severe abdominal pain. This surgerie turned into a nightmare for the dr. because the adhesions were wrapped around my bowel. They did a resection of my bowel and it was a long recovery. I have had bowel problems chronically since then. Recently my severe pain is back. I have had every test under the sun in the last two weeks and today I met a dr. I was referred to and she says I need antidepressants and spent les  than ten minutes with me after a two hour wait. Ive missed work and spent allot of out of pocket copays and still they look at me like Im nuts. She also told me I cant even take ibuprofen and was in no way gonna give me anything for pain. Now I sit here with pain still and a distended stomach looks like im pregnant, cant eat well, vomiting , loose bowels. Ive been to the er due to dehydration and pain and waited to meet this dr. for over two weeks. I went to gastro dr. and had a colonoscopy last thursday........Whats next.....Im desperatly in pain....and want to feel good again.
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Welcome to the gastroenterology community!  Do you have any trouble with your bowel movements?  I would recommend that you talk to your doctor to see if you can take tylenol for your pain.  If you aren't having trouble with your bowel movements and you are in a lot of pain, I don't see why you couldn't take a small dose of a pain med (stronger than tylenol) when it is needed.
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Unfortunately, surgery to remove adhesions just creates more adhesions.  Pain meds won't help, you need to get to the source of the problem.  You truly need to seek out second and third opinions on this....I learned this the hard way.  What were the results of your colonoscopy?  Keep yourself well hydrated with water and especially Gatorade to replenish your electrolytes.  Also, orange juice and bananas  to maintain your potassium level. With diarrhea and vomiting you can become dehydrated very easily and this alone will slow down the digestion process causing pain and even vomiting.  Stay well hydrated while you search for answers and this alone may help with your problem.  I wish you all the best.
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