I just got a text this morning from my coworker who checked himself into the ER.
For the past couple of months, he's been suffering from severe abdominal pain. He's gone to doctors several times a week now, trying to see what's wrong. He's gone through countless CT scans, endoscopies, they even put in a stent for his gallbladder when he developed jaundice, but otherwise nothing is wrong. He even went to a renowned gastroenterologist an hour away, and he found nothing. It's really sapped his spirits.
The pain had been recently manageable with painkillers (yay oxycontin) but this week nothing has helped, which is why he went to the hospital this morning since the pain had just gotten so bad. I have to stay behind for a bit to walk his dog this afternoon (poor doggie ) but I plan on visiting him this evening if I can.
They're doing another CT scan now and another endoscopy to change out the stent. If it's even that.
I talked with him yesterday afternoon, and frankly, he looks like utter hell. He's got anxiety on top of everything, so the stress of having bad pain and not knowing where it's coming from is seriously not helping. He's also got personal problems with the stress of his longtime gf recently leaving him. He has no other friends here besides us. His family is back in France, and he's said he will go back if there's nothing more that can be done medically here. At least over there, he wouldn't have to worry about insurance approving anything.
He's just so tired of having to deal with the pain mostly, just tired of it. He hasn't given up quite yet on seeing doctors and continues to go to work as his pain allows him. But he may be just about ready to give up.
Is there anything I can do? I just want to be able to help him, but obviously if it's stress-related, he can only help himself. Seeing him so defeated is really terrible, and I think we're all standing on sidelines wishing we could help him but being unable to.