Abdominal pain, gastritis, and fibromyalgia question

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by MoreBoo, Aug 13, 2006.

  1. MoreBoo

    MoreBoo New Member

    I've had fibromyalgia for the last 10 years and am a number of medications for that and frequent migraines. I was admitted to the hospital last week for abdominal pain, upper left quadrant, spent 4 days, had IV anitbiotics, had multiple tests, and they did find that I had gastritis. I'm sure it is from taking ibuprofen daily. I'm really concerned now because I'm worried that my pain will be out of control. I also take vicodin for pain, but haven't wanted to rely on this because of addiction. Has this happened to anyone else? What does anyone suggest I do? I see my doctor tomorrow for follow up - he is very supportive and empathetic regarding the fibro. Thanks for suggestions.
  2. jacqualyn

    jacqualyn New Member

    I've had fibromyalgia for 16 years and have suffered from stomach pain, gastritis, heartburn, constipation etc. Never went to the hospital for it because most of the doctors as soon as you tell them that you have fibromyalgia think that all you are looking for are drugs. I too take vicodin for pain also on Duragesic patches and Soma. If you need the medication take it. Go see a gastro doctor. My stomach problems started before I was diagnosed and I was taking so many aspirin that I thought I was gonna OD on them. I also think that the ibuprofen could be causing the stomach pain. Did the hospital give you anything for the gastritis? Did they do a scope? Sometimes all the aspirin could cause ulcurs. Get to the gastro Doc!!

    Good Luck,

  3. MoreBoo

    MoreBoo New Member

    Hi Jackie, thanks for responding - everything helps. While I was in the hospital I had a CAT scan = negative, and an Endoscope which showed the gastritis and a polyp - which the doc removed, and he did a biopsie for bacteria. I was supposed to have a colonoscopy, but the fluid I was supposed to drink just kept coming back up - which was oh...so much fun. Ha ha. I did have a colonoscopy last year before some surgery and it was fine. I'm feeling better and better since coming home and the GI doc put me on a stomach antacid. I'm just worried the doctor is going to pull all pain medication because of the effects on my stomach. But, maybe I'm worried about nothing - we'll see. What is Soma? I know what duragesic is - a patch, rigth?
  4. Denamay

    Denamay New Member

    Your situation describes mine to a tee. Those pain killers did a real number on my stomach function!

    It took me about a year of being on the medication Losec, to finnally feel better.

    I don't take much for pain any more, because of it.

    That was one year from Hell, walking the floor at night with gas pain, being wakened in by sleep by chest pains {not my heart}, worst off all was the chocking senation I had in my throat, there were times when I thought I would die.

    It sounds like you are getting better care than I had and you should recover a lot faster.

    I just want to say I am with you all the way, and get well soon. Love Denamay
  5. BelleoftheSouth

    BelleoftheSouth New Member

    finally went in for a colonoscopy and the doctor wrote 'probable' IBS .

    I've had the upper GI series a lot.

    I had 'H-Pylori' a bad Gall Bladder and probable gastritis all at the same time..I was s~i~c~k.....sick sick.

    Add Fibro/CFS and I was ready to off myself.

    QUESTION: What are Duragesic Patches????

    Happy Sunday Evening All :)

  6. MoreBoo

    MoreBoo New Member

    I think a duragesic patch is a painkiller that is absorbed thru your skin from a patch that you wear - sort of a like a nicotine patch.

    Wow, Belle. I can't imagine having all of that at one time. I had my gallbladder out when I was 30 - 20 years ago and I was one sick puppy - lost 100 pounds from it - over the course of one year that it took to diagnose gallbladder problems. It seems like the more I talk to people who have fibro the more symptoms we have in common.

    When this episode started I joked to my doctor that we know it is not my gallbladder, uterus, ovaries, or thyroid because those are all gone! Ha ha.

    Well, all the feedback has been helpful. Sometimes you just need to know that you aren't the only one with all of the problems - no one else in my family - siblings or mother has any of these problems. Just my maternal grandmother, who had ALL of them and she was labeled a hypochondriac by my family. She has passed on now.

    Ok, so one more thought, is this GI stuff part of the fibro?
  7. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I have been on Subutex for over a year . I t is a mild opiate that is dissolved under your tongue. I take 16 mg day (4mg 4x day)
    Subutex is more commonly used with addicts because it also prevents withdrawals from opiates, including heroin.
    When people hear that they think it is some terrible drug, which it is not. You never develop tolerance, in fact they say "less is more" sometimes with this drug.
    My doctor has several fibro patients on Subutex and we are all doing well. The only other drug I takr is Tylenol gel caps, 1-2 day. Also Nexium 40mg and Gaviscon as needed.
    You can easily stop Subutex and it has been a miracle for me.
    I only found out about it by accident when I went to the pain specialist to get off MS Contin. (talk about a upset stomach, that drug really made me sick).
    I hesitate to talk about Subutex because someone reads it is used to treat drug addicts and even that it is the drug of choice for addicts, but I would never know why since you get no high feeling at all from this drug.
    Since I have been on it I have never spent a day in bed hurting. It has been over a year.
    Before that, I had "flares" for years and was housebound a lot.
    I also want to mention two other conditions which I believe contributed to my illness.
    I amm age 55 and in menopause. The hormonal changes can wreak havoc on all your systems, digestive problems, muscle pain, insomnia etc.
    I was also diagnosed with a lot of gallstones. Gallbladder disease can also make you really sick.
    Anyway, along with Subutex I take 1-2 Tylenol gel caps a day. If I ever have aches that Tylenol don't control, I take Ultram.
    Another thing that has helped is getting better sleep. I take 15 mg of Restoril. This drug is good for me because it also helps anxiety. I have always been "high strung".
    If you are by chance in S. Calif. I can give you the name of my doctor to get info on Subutex.
    I feel very fortunate to have a open minded doctor who does not judge people who need pain treatment. Also, he is willing to try things like Subutex which is not normally used for fibro.
    My point here is, Subutex is very easy on your body. The only side effect was mild constipation.
    It is nothing like taking Vicoden and I am so grateful I don't have to take Vicoden.. I took it before and it did stop the pain but I had to eventually take more. When that happened to me with MS Contin was when I said "no more".
    Many doctors and people don't understand Subutex and once they hear it is used with addicts, the close their mind.
    It is a controlled substance and doctors must be specially licensed to prescribe it. That is because they must have a 8 hour training.
    Oh, lastly, I use Aspercream, it works on aches. For digestive health I take the probiotic called "Pearls" by Enzymatic Therapy Company.
  8. MoreBoo

    MoreBoo New Member

    I'll definitely check into the subutex. I am not so worried about addiction to vicodin because I emotional "want" or "crave" it, it just seems like over the years it takes more to get pain refief and I don't want to end up taking alot of it or switching to Oxycontin.

    I do live in southern CA. Can you give me the name of your doctor? My doctor is very understanding of fibro and is willing to try most anything with me. I'll bring the idea of subutex to him.

    I'm also going to check out the Restoril. I take Lunesta for sleep, but it doesn't work very well after a year of taking it. I usually have about 3 nights a week that are horrible and I'm awake all night. And I don't have to tell you all how I feel the next morning. Elavil used to work in years 1 - 5 of fibro, but not anymore.

  9. BelleoftheSouth

    BelleoftheSouth New Member

    How strange...

    I've had a hysterectomy, take meds for thyroid, nexium for stomach, vicodanES, xanax, celebrex, the list goes on and on...

    I truly hope that scientists are working on a cure, I did hear one time that a woman in florida had a lymph node from under her arm placed in her stomach area and she recovered from Fibro...

    Go figure...strange things we do to get better.

    Be well.

  10. MoreBoo

    MoreBoo New Member

    Hi Belle,

    I also just read an article that discusses the link between fibromyalgia and endometriosis - the cause of the removal of my uterus and ovaries. There was something like a more than 50% chance of developing fibro if you had endo.

    Most of my problems started after I had the endo, had the hysterectomy/oopharectomy. A few years later: Hashimoto's (thyroid), then came the fibro. I can't help but think that all of these things are related.

    Good luck with things. BTW, I had a great night's sleep last night, the first since I've been out of the hospital. But I had to take 1 norco and 1 flexeril to get to sleep.
  11. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    My doctor is Rick Chavez in Redondo Beach, on Prospect Ave. He is listed in the phone directory.

    Your doctor may not be licensed to prescribe Subutex, normally only doctors who also treat addiction even know about it.

    Hope you are feeling better soon..