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#1 barefut

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 02:56 PM

It's back again. No pun intended. Not in the mood for humor right now. For about 11 years I have been dealing with this on again, off again burning flank pain ranging anywhere from a 1 to an 8 on the scale of intensity.

Had my gall bladder out in 2005; still the pain returns. It's not gall stones, not kidney stones or kidney related at all, not a UTI, not muscular.....it's just a mystery that's all! And there's nothing I've found that relieves it and believe me, I've tried everything!

I take hot showers, long hot baths, use my heating pad, tried icing it, tried all kinds of oral and topical pain relievers, massage, stretching, ignoring, denying, biofeedback, pressure, distraction, hot chocolate, cold beer.....my next move is acupuncture.

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 03:47 PM

Barefut, I hope you get some relief from acupuncture. Or maybe a person who preforms massage therapy using warm towels. It is awful when pain persists and no one seems able to find its source. Have you had an MRI on the area? Maybe that will show if something is torn or separated causing you pain. Keep us informed on how you are doing and if your pain levels decrease.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 02:08 AM

Barefut,

I have the same pain. It is under my bottom rib to my back. Right side mainly but sometimes left. I have had my gallbladder in 06. I have been to doctors to try to figure it out, because sometimes it really hurts bad. I feel like it is kidney pain, but they say no. My primary doctor says it is muscle. I do not agree. I have notice when I drink or eat it happens. It has been the most frustrating pain. I went to the doctor a month ago. He did a bloodwork for my liver, and called to say it was fine. He just left it at that. I am going back to him this morning. I am tired of the pain. I will let you know if anything comes from my appointment this morning.

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Nina

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 06:30 AM

I have this too and for some reason it was really bad last week. It seems to come and go for me. I'm always scared because I had a friend how had breast cancer. Well she was at her 5 year mark. She lifted a cooler that was heavy and her back started to hurt. Well she thought it was just from straining it and went to the doctor for some possible physical therapy. Well they did an x-ray and the cancer had redeveloped in her bones of her back. So that is always in the back of my mind because I know it's not from my galbladder because I've had that removed. So when the pain goes away I'm always relieved.

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 11:10 AM

I went to the doctor and we still have not found out what is causing the pain. He is sending me to the kidney doctor to make sure it is not my kidneys! Hopefully I will find out what is going on.

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Posted 29 April 2009 - 08:52 AM

Wow, Barefut...that is a long time to have to endure such pain!

I sure hope that if you do the acupuncture...it works for you!

Please keep us posted?
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 09:23 AM

Oh Barefut, I am so sorry. Persistent chronic pain is HORRIBLE. I think acupuncture is a perfect next step. Wishing you some relief.
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Posted 30 April 2009 - 12:58 AM

Thank you all,

Ozzy, I am sorry you haven't found any answers or relief yet either. I have an awesome urologist who assures me it is not kidney related even though that is exactly where the pain comes from. He told me that burning pain is nerve related. I'm not sure if that clue leads to anything.

I too have it mostly right but sometimes both sides. All I am left with is maybe it's connective tissue related? I have searched online and found that there are a lot of people who describe the same kind of 'mystery' pain that has remained undiagnosed.

Maybe my alien implants are acting up? ;) :lol: :P

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 02:27 AM

Barefut,

Do you have Raynaud's bad? I have it really bad. I had read somewhere that you could have attacks in your kidneys. It is just a theory, but I was thinking maybe when they do have an attack it could cause pain, but not show up anything on any test. I have noticed mine happens after I drink or eat sometimes. I know if I drink water, which I do a lot that it will cause my hands to react with a Raynaud's attack. The water does not have to be cold either. It seems like if attacks are going on then that the muscles in area also get sore. I may be way off but the pain in this area does not make sense. I have had it three years now. It got better for a while and would come and go. Since I have been on the Methotrexate for the last ten weeks the pain can get unbearable at least a couple times a day. My blood work seems to be fine except it says my BUN/RATIO has been high for the last four tests. My doctor said it just may show that because I might be dehydrated, but I drink tons of water all the time. I do not drink anything else but water because it hurts my bladder.

I did try acupuncture a couple of years ago because my kidney doctor said he thought the pain was caused by fibromyalgia at that time. I was not diagnosed with sclero at that time.

Thanks,
Nina

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 03:23 AM

Hi Nina,

Yes, our page on Raynaud's points out that although we think of Raynaud's as occurring only in the hands, it can in fact occur in any part of the body. It is simply a spasm of blood vessels and they are free to spasm anywhere they'd like. See Raynaud's.

Barefut,

I get attacks in my hands, feet, mouth, knees, and ear lobes. I've also had a few attacks in my upper abdomen, with the skin blanching dead white in an area about the size of a salad plate and feeling ice cold to the touch.

I have sciatica and when that is active, it can cause muscle spasms right over the flanks on either one or both sides. It usually radiates pain or numbness down into my thigh, but not always. So be sure you've also been evaluated for sciatica and if you have it, they will probably want to arrange for physical therapy. See Skeletal Involvement.
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