I don't know if I am in the right place... I feel really silly posting my problems with you all who seem to have such serious health issues.... I sure would love any insight on what any of you may make of my symptoms. Here is what has been going on with me:
I have disabling pain in my ribs, left side, which originates in my back. This is how this all started with me:
I was sick in May with a bad cold, then went right into the flu, then right into a pinched nerve in my shoulder/back/neck and 5 days later this severe kidney infection with my WBCs at 17.2. I still have this intense pain in my left rib (9th - 11th ribs) area (constantly there & progressively gets worse during the day. Breathing does NOT make it worse. Doc thought spleen or cracked rib but everything has come back clear. It hurts when she pushes on it. Bending doesn't aggrevate it, although twisting down to the left hurts. I can't lay on my left side, laying on my back bothers it, and laying on my stomach hurts my front bottom ribs although I could never sleep on my stomach anyway. I am on hydrocodone (Norco) for the pain that spreads up my left shoulder & under my arm up under my breast. Even on the pain meds its at a 4 or 5 & can get up to a 7 oro 8 without the meds. I don't go without them though, it hurts too much. (And I had 2 babies without pain meds or an epidural!) Sometimes it feels like the stitch you get in your side from exercising, without the hard time breathing part. I do my yoga daily (twice daily if I can help it) & try to keep everything stretched in case it's a muscle issue. I am at a health weight. I have been taking 800 ibuprofen 3 x's daily & it doesn't feel like something is coming out my back anymore, like it did in the beginning. I usually feel better in the morning, but the pain never goes away. It is ALWAYS there, just worse as the day goes on. Besides the pain I have lost 28 pounds in the last 10 weeks. That is what the doc is concerned about. I lost 3 more pounds since I saw her 2 weeks ago. I am now the thinnest I have been since high school (no complaints by me if there is nothing seriously wrong). I have struggled with my weight for years & years, but now it is just falling off. I have tried to gain weight over the last few weeks to put my families worries to rest (my brother who is 36 was just diagnosed with pancreatic cancer), but still ended up losing a few more pounds. I have had tons of tests.... and since nothing showed up on the CT scan & all the other tests, then I am not worried. If it is cancer they would have found it by now. She's worried about the intestines & palops & things, but I don't think there is any problems there. I am sure I don't have cancer, so I kinda think we should just find out what it is & focus on fixing some of these symptoms, like how I don't feel the urge to pee, why sometimes it burns when I pee & why I have this tremenous rib pain. I also have been swelling horrible, (although it hasn't been too bad the last couple days since it's been chilly). Although I have lost all this weight, my rings won't fit because my fingers swell, not just late in the day, but when I wake up too. I still do get those pelvic cramps, but I attribute that to the ovarian cysts they found... Even my stylist said my hair is falling out! The doctor said it was from stress, which with my brother sick I certainly am under a lot of stress, so it very well could be. Besides water in my ear (LEFT side!! Ovarian cyst is on the left side too, I swear the left side is falling apart) & extreme fatigue, they haven't found much besides periodic blood in urine, protein in urine a time or two, calcium crystals in urine, a little higher pH in urine, and some cysts on my ovaries which I was told are no big deal.
I can't believe that no one can figure out the problem. They thought kidney stones, then spleen or cracked rib, but nothing. She told me it is definitely NOT the kidney because it is tender when you push on it & she said it would not be tender if it was the kidney, that's why she thought maybe the spleen but it came back normal on the CT.
BTW, I have been having tachychardia, too. My resting heart rate has been around 100. Blood pressure has been really good though. But since I had sinus tachycardia when I was pregnant, they attribute it to that & don't think there is much concern in the heart department.
The CT scan came back clear except for mild prominence of the uterus, phlebolitrhs project over the pelvis & bilateral ovarian cysts.
Cytology - negative.
CBC & thyroid & everything else lab related came back in or near normal ranges...
Ultrasound (pelvic) found ovarian cysts, one 2.5 CM.
IVP - normal
Bone scan - normal
Rib/Chest X-ray - normal
Doc wants an MRI of the trunk. I am not sure what an MRI would show that a CT scan & Ultrasound & IVP haven't already cleared. Why spend the money?
She also did a pap (haven't had one in many years...) & pelvic & breast exam. Waiting for the results but she said everything looks okay, no bleeding. She wants me to do this hema screen test on my poo - yuck! Not sure I even wanted to bother with it, but I did anyway. I just think maybe we are digging a little too far. She was talking scopes next if the MRI is clea, which I am sure it will be since the CT scans were.
I try to be somewhat healthy, although I definitely am NOT a health nut. I don't drink coffee or alcohol or tea or soft drinks. I am pretty much drinking water all the time. I started drinking even more water when this first happened & they thought I had stones. But no stones, but I still drink all water. I don't have the best diet, but I do eat yogurt (activa) daily & I do eat salads & things. I probably eat a bit too much carbs, but my stomach really doesn't get upset. I have noticed a slight increase periodically in burping, but no diarhea or heartburn or anything like that. No blood in stools. Same very firm poo like always.
Anyone have any suggestions? I don't think it is kidney problems, doesn't feel like muscle pain to me (I could be wrong, though), and I don't think it's a gi issue... Gotta be something, though! Should I not do these tests? It has cost me so much already & if there was cancer or something seriously wrong they would have found it by now, don't you think? I am having a hard time trying to deal with the pain & symptoms & still live a regular life as a mother & wife & sister. This all started before my brother was diagnosed, but I just have the time to lay around being sick when there is so much that needs to be done for him while he is still here. I would love any and all suggestions...