All posts by Betty Albright

I need HELP

I was diagnosed with LPHS in 2009, Dr. Singri and Dr. Hebert in Columbus, Ohio. This was the beginning of a my now ongoing horrific experience, I am now 60 dealing with unrelenting exquisite pain. In 2007 through 2008, after numerous kidney stones, pain that was unrelenting, blood in urine, I had stones shattered by la-pro-scopic lazor, a stent was placed in my kidney to ease the passing, all that did was put me back in the hospital where the stent had to be removed. I was told by a kidney specialist in Arizona, my pain didn’t make any sense.

In 2009 a miracle, I made an appointment with Dr. Singri, my Mother and Sister accompanied me, I described in intricate detail of my pain and symptoms; he said, I believe you have LPHS, a biopsy confirmed the diagnoses, pain management is the only option. I had already lost my job, my independence, my home, everything. Even my family and friends doubted everything I described. My Mother would lay on top of me to quiet my screams as she tried to squash the pain. I can not get relief in any position, sitting, standing even laying down makes it worse. I am usually sitting Indian style just rocking back and forth.

Over the last few years I have also been diagnosed with severe depression, fibra-myialga, psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis . I was an inconvenience to my family, I now live in a rooming house in Delaware, Ohio. The first pain specialist prescribed Oxycontin, preformed a d enervation, by inserting a four inch needle into my spine, more pain the effort was unsuccessful. After losing 50 pounds, and when I witnessed the doctor stealing my medication I sought help at OSU hospital. They started IR and ER morphine, fentanyl patches, seroquil, clonazapam and anti depressants, lyrica and steroids. On the pain scale I was then a 7 which seemed like a gift from God. Until last summer, when I was admitted to Grant Hospital with kidney failure. I was told I was over-medicated, they prescribed Cymbalta and IR morphine every 4 hours. The pain nightmare was back a full force 10. I was released a week later, still with a critical kidney infection the pain was unbearable, I tried unsuccessfully to end my life, to be free of this burden of pain and the inconvenience of my existence. By this time I was wheelchair bound. Unable to care for myself with no desire to live or thrive. I wanted to be free.

I am now seeing a new pain specialist, who has admitted his lack of expertise with LPHS. He began by prescribing Zonagran (side effect, kidney stones) I had to stop after passing 5 stones in one week, now on Baclofen, Gabapentin and Opana 20 mgs ER every 12 hours, the morphine is no longer effective. At the onset the main issues affected my right kidney, now as Dr. Singri suggested the left kidney has joined in, again the prescribed medications lack effectiveness, level 8 and rising everyday. I don’t know what to do…..should I see Dr. Singri or Dr. Hebert again or seek help at a pain clinic? There is so much more to my story, if your interested I can go into further detail of my struggles and losses.

What do I do now?