I used to get this weird back pain after eating, so I had both my gallbladder and my appendix removed. That was about five months ago. Now the pains comes back sometimes, but occasionally is in my chest or lower back rather than my upper back, where the pain used to be before the surgery. I'm scared to tell my parents that the pain might be back because then all our efforts to stop the pain would be for naught (I'd gone through months of extensive testing before the surgery), and I'm afraid I might be imagining it all. What do I do?
You should absolutely tell your parents that the pain is back. It doesn’t mean the all the testing, surgery and treatment were for nothing. It could be related to your previous condition or something new. Your parents might get frustrated but ultimately that probably would have more to do with the fact that their child is still suffering after all you have been through. It has to be very frustrating to you as well. After all you are the one who has been dealing with the pain and went through all the testing and surgery.
It is important that you make an appointment with your surgeon and bring him/her up to date on your medical condition. Your doctor will want to examine you and probably run some additional test to determine what the underlying cause is. If all medical possibilities are ruled out then he/she could refer you a Pain Management Program or a therapist who could work with you on non pharmacological ways to deal with your discomfort. You are not imaging your pain if it is causing you physical discomfort. It is just a matter of how it should be treated. Let your parents know as soon as possible.