Mum ‘vomiting blood every day’ and living in ‘prison of pain’ for past six years

A mum-of-two who has been living in pain for six years has said she feels like she cannot carry on with life the way it is.

Rebecca Apps, 32, said she is in so much pain with her stomach every day that it has "truly changed" who she is.

She is violently sick almost every day to the point of "vomiting blood" and often experiences a flare-up that will leave her in agony for up to 16 hours at a time.

The mum has not yet had a diagnosis for her condition, which has caused her to be signed off from her work as an admin assistant, putting her on the brink of losing her home.

Rebecca told GloucestershireLive she has been prescribed "pain relief including oramorph, zomorph, diazepam, and amitriptyline" over the years, but nothing has helped her find a long-term solution.

She said: "At my worst, I was on 500ml oramorph weekly and 120mg slow release morphine.

"This truly changed who I was and unable to function as the normal happy mother I once was."

The mum claims her condition is related to a gastric band she had fitted and even said a doctor informed her "the gastric band had indeed slipped" but it was not picked up because "there were no specialists on call" at the time.

Rebecca said: "I was rushed into hospital in March 2019, with severe pains again. I had a scan and was placed on a ward.

"The surgeon on call came to my bedside and in his words, 'they had seen that the gastric band had indeed slipped on a scan from 2017, however it was not picked up on as there were no specialists on call during that time".

"As a result of having a gastric band fitted the aftermath has been awful.

"In a bid to try and have some relief from the pain, I have been in the bath for up to 16 hours."

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Her constant sickness has led to Rebecca being diagnosed with Barrett’s Oesophagus, which are pre-cancerous cells of the oesophagus.

She said: "About four years ago I attended the endoscopy unit. I was diagnosed with Barrett’s Oesophagus which are pre-cancerous cells of the oesophagus.

"This is a result of the gastric band and the acid reflux I experienced while living over two years with a slipped band.

"The reflux was so bad it would literally come through my nose every night when I lay down. I told my doctor and the hospital all of my symptoms.

"Now I am on medication for life to control this and now need regular surveillance via an endoscopy, to ensure it does not turn sinister."

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