Hi All -
Does anyone else get nausea from their thoracic back pain? Sometimes I feel like my pain in so deep in my back it feels almost like it's reached my stomach internally and is making my back hurt. It's hard for me to tease this apart though, because occasionally my back hurts so bad it's almost like the pain makes my stomach hurt, plus my pain causes a rapid heart rate which can make you sick to your stomach as well. Add to all that icky pain meds that make the tummy oh so unhappy and it's really confusing!
So can anyone help me clear this up? Is it possibly that it's my back pain itself that's making my stomach hurt? If so, what can I do other than eat pepto (which really doesn't help all that great). I've lost 17 pounds in the past month alone because of this - I just have no appetite, and have been experiencing lots of vomiting when I do eat which I'm attributing to my Lyrica and Fentenayl. I was only 120 pounds to start with, so I just look terrible now that I'm at about 100lbs. I really want to gain weight back, but with my tummy feeling icky I have to force myself to eat anything during the day.
I went to my PCP about this, and she gave me two meds: one that's normally Rx to take every day to treat acid reflux, and another to take when I'm having these episodes of vomiting to treat the nausea. It's normally Rx for people dealing with nausea from chemotherapy so I know it should be strong enough, but it's really not working. I go back to my PM doctor on Tuesday, so I'll ask him about it too.
Any suggestions would be so appreciated....