Thank you all for telling me your experiences with either the public and private systems.
I will most likely go with public to see a specialist as I don't have private health and am a mature age student, so I don't get any of the benefits younger students get.
I live in north QLD so ambulance services are free, though I am reluctant to just ring one even though the last two times I've been to hospital I should have.
I'm hoping it won't be too long before I see a specialist to talk about my options.
Hi all, I am reaching out to anyone who has/is suffering from chronic abdominal pain. I am 35 married father of four working in the mines( sort of ), due to the medication I am not allowed on site. I was struck down with terrible pain in my abdomen region about 6 months ago and it has not left me since after a few months I developed pins and needles in the area over my left shoulder blade which the doctors are sceptical about. Regardless this unusual sensation still exists. I am somewhat doubtful that they have done every test, but how many tests should one have to endure. Nonetheless, I have had every blood, urine, scan done with only minor abnormalities. I had my gall bladder removed and a small hernia repaired which did nothing to reduce the pain. I have had upper and lower scopes which revealed nothing unusual except for slightly low lactase levels. Tried the lactose free diet for a few weeks which didn't help. I lost about 20 kilos before they started me on anti depressants. I have tried many alternative treatments which really haven't done much at all, except further exhaust my finances. I have recently had a consult with psychiatrist who couldn't offer me any useful advice or treatment due to the level of medication I was on, she hinted at increasing the anti-depressant, I also had consulted with a pain specialist at st Vincent's (who told me that because they don't know why I have the pain they will only be able to help manage which is fine but a bit of a blow) they were both gob smacked with the amount of tramadol I was prescribed 600-700mg plus, 15mg mitazapine daily. As per their instructions I have weened down as I approach attending a pain clinic in Brisbane. I have not been impressed with the introduction to the clinic at St Vincent's for a few reasons. So I have looked around and will probably attend the BPRS program at Cassanova Private Hospital. Please if anyone has had experiences similar I'd love to hear from you. Plus if anyone has any experiences with pain clinics in Brissy I'd love to hear also. Many apologies for the long post. Thanks.
I did the pain management course at the Wesley Hospital, opened my eyes and I found it worth every cent .
Mate there are a few of us who meet every few six weeks or so to have a cuppa , our next one hasn't been set in stone yet but we are looking at going to Loganholme (Hyperdome) if your interested , it's under coffee club in the system.
Take care mate.
You are not alone on your journey so call if you need help.
Better still go to venting and whinge your heart away it helps sometimes and you will always have a shoulder to cry out on .
as long as I wake up alive I'm happy
Because it could be worse
Cheers mate, would defineately be in for a cups and a yarn but I'm out in Emerald. Shame really because we don't know to many people out here. I will attend the Brisbane pain rehab service at the Cassanova private as I am guaranteed my own room which is a winner for me. Being a multi-disciplined program to will give me the best shot at managing this bloody pain away from painkillers which is long shot because I have weened down from what I was on and the pain is as fierce as it ever was. If I can't manage without the painkillers I'm gonna lose my job as a diesel fitter in the mines, don't know what then. I guess I'll cross that bridge then.
njohnson80 I truly hope you get the much needed help and support from the pain clinic. And fingers crossed some answers to your abdominal pain. Must be a lot of pressure with ur current job position as most can take a few meds to get thru the day. Vent away here as we all understand.
Apart from my chronic abdominal pain, I have pins, needles sensations across my shoulder blades it has progressed from a small spot on one side now the area is 10 times larger, numbness down one side of my back. This can't be normal? I have had brain, and cervical, thoracic spine MRI's nothing to mention. If someone could recommend a neuro surgeon who is actually interested in their patients, I would be most great full. In Brisbane, as I live in central Queensland.