A PET scan ordered by my oncologist showed diverticulitis and atelactasis and thyroid nodules.
I was taking amitriptylline, lyrica, opiates from my pain specialist of 13 yrs. because I had non diabetic peripheral neuropathy..my oncologist ordered me to go off all anticholinergics.
I had been taking dicyclomine when I had abdominal cramping episodes only ....as for years I knew I had possible irritable bowel....I was taking lactulose suggested by a gastro. Dr for constipation, given abd. Ultrasound by that doctor then he said there was nothing more he could do!
I decreased my amitriptylline to zero, lyrica to half as I had been depressed, saw an endocrinologist to control hashimoto thyroiditis, etc..the result was a rebound of pain so opiates were increased until I realized 4 months later that the pain was getting worse not better...the more I took, the worse the pain became..so at my insistence I requested that my pain specialist help lower my now 120mg daily morphine..
....after 8 months of tapering I am taking 4-8mg morphine a day prn..( I take 1 mg hydromorphone bid so use morphine equivalence as a reference) ...I am a retired pharm..
My problem is that Ithough I take soluble fiber,acidophilus, lactulose 15-30cc once a week I am very very weak..15 minute slow walk leaves me exhausted, ...my stomach to rectum feels sluggish..though I still hear grumbling and pass gas..Who knows why the atelactasis but decreasing opiates and lying in bed, ?.non smoker or alcohol....
I use xylocaine now for lower rectal pain and levator uni, pudendal nerve pain only when it occurs..
If all neurological nerve related, autoimmune neuropathy? What dr should I see? I take glycopyrrolate 1mg and dicyclomine OCCASIONALLY for sweating and left mid abd pain so slowly anticholinergics are being allowed again... I am 63 and in 1 year my health has turned to misery..miserable. Thanks for any help...