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mel05
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   Posted 2/17/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had lower back pain on the right side for about a week and a half now.  I thought maybe I pulled a muscle because that's what it feels like.  But it's not going away  Could it be a kidney or bladder infection?  I don't have any pain when I urinate but I also have pain right next to my belly button on my right side that comes and goes and I also get sharp pains inside sometimes on the right side down lower too near my right leg.  If that makes any sense.  It's kind of hard to describe.  Thanks for any help!! confused

Kal
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   Posted 2/17/2008 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd go to the doctor's just to be safe and rule out an infection. I just had a bladder infection and there was no pain with it, just this false urge to pee. Though when the doc checked me out she tapped on two spots on my back and asked if they hurt (checking the kidneys).
Kal - 24yr female
Hiatal Hernia, Crohn's, Anxiety, Anemia,
Meds: B12 Injection, Iron supplement, pantaloc (for hernia)


CP64
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   Posted 2/17/2008 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you have gallstones?

mel05
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   Posted 2/17/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
before I was diagnosed with crohns one of the million other things they did check was my gallbladder and said that I had gallstones, but said that my gallbladder was fine and that it didn't need to come out.  Then about 6 months later i was diagnosed with crohns.

Sarita
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   Posted 2/17/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
You could have biliary colic due to your gallstones; the pain in that case is typically wrenching in nature and comes in waves underneath your right ribcage and radiates to the back. Usually there's some sort of nausea or vomiting associated with it. Alternatively, you could have pulled a muscle; the psoas muscle is a common one to pull and could cause back and leg pain (as could many other strained muscles). In the absence of any pain during urination, bloody urine, or fever, it's unlikely to be a kidney infection. Still, it would be good to get it checked out! Let us know how it goes.
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ALI9
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   Posted 2/17/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had lower chronic back pain for some time, when I recently went to mayo clinic i asked about my back pain he told me it was due to my crohns because the colon sits on your back. I to have had some bad kidney infections some times i feel like its a guessing game it dosent hurt to have things checked out to be sure, Good luck

mel05
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   Posted 3/2/2008 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   

well, the GI says the back pain is probably just related to my crohns right now.  Everything healing and all.  He says if once my inflamation is gone if I am still having pain in my back he wants me to see a rheumatologist, but he thinks it's just because I'm probably still inflamed. 

On another note...I'm tapering my pred again...down to 15 mg for the next 7 days...wish me luck.  This is when I started to have pain again last time and had to go back up to 30!!   scool Keeping my fingers crossed...I started the taper yesterday and so far I'm doing okay, although I ate some salad yesterday and feeling a little crampy today, but nothing major.  I am hoping to be able to taper off this time, but we'll see.  If I can't taper off this time my GI wants me to do remicade and I'm not sure I want to jump to that right away.  I've only been diagnosed since January and pred and pentasa are the only things I've been on.  I'd like to try something else first I think...any thoughts?  Wow, this sure turned into a ramble when I just wanted to update my status on my back pain!! Haha! tongue


hukleberrie
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   Posted 3/3/2008 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I sure as heck wouldn't eat a salad!!! Did they put you on a diet? I am on the low-fiber low-residue diet & has really helped the constant going & also the not-digesting food part of IBD.

Look into diets & while inflamed, make sure you stay away from salads!!
Live for today, for tomorrow you might just get hit by a semi.

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