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Julia Hill
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   Posted 3/4/2010 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I have had pain under my left shoulder blade that carries around to the front underneath my breast for a week now.  It doesn't hurt constantly, but when I take a deep breath look out.   I've had a chest x-ray which came back clear.  My urine showed white blood cells and blood, which prompted my doctor to send me for an ultrasound of the bladder and kidneys looking for a kidney stone.  I will get those results tomorrow.
 
What symptoms have you experienced with kidney stones?  I've had crohn's disease for 30 years, and remicade induced lupus for 5 years.  Any ideas?
 
Also how do you get rid of them?
 
I appreciate your help and advice.
 
Julia
 
 
 

Irishmom4
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   Posted 3/5/2010 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I also have Crohns disease and have had kidney stones. Have you had a bowel resection? I know you are more likely to get kidney stones if you have had one. My pain is usually in my back or flank area not as high as the shoulder blades. When I had pain in my should blade area I was diagnosised with plurasy. I don't know if I believed them though. I hope you get better and get your results back quickly. Keep us updated.

Elizabeth
Dx'd with Crohns 1984
Polycystic kidney disease in 1996
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, Endocort, Prednisone, Imuran, Folic acid, and Enalapril.
 


Julia Hill
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   Posted 3/5/2010 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Irishmom4,

Thank you for your reply. Yes I have had 3 bowel resections. Did they do anything for the plurasy? I thought about that because I am on Humira for my crohn's and it to can cause Lupus. I will ask my family doctor today if plurasy would have shown up on my chest x-ray. I will keep you posted.

Take care,
Julia

aimsgirl16
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   Posted 3/5/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Julia!!! I have had pluerisy 4 times since my lupus diagnosis. Each time I had it, I could hardly breath because it felt like I would be stabbed with a knife each breath. It was horrible! And for me they gave me IV of prednisone followed by oral predisone. I guess it really depends on the amount of discomfort you are having.

What did your ultrasound show???

chewy123
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   Posted 3/5/2010 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Well sorry to hear about that discomforting pain your are experincing! But kindey stones act differently with people, I know alot of people who have had them and they get pain in wierd places like lower adomen, shoulder blades and even sides of their ribs! But the doctor will just tell you to pass them but if you cant they will lazer them for you wish will ease the pain fairly quickly! Well I wish all the best for you. I will keep you in my prays.

Yours truely,
Brad
 


Julia Hill
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   Posted 3/5/2010 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,

Thank you for your replies and prayers. I went to the Dr. today and my ultrasound did not show any kidney stones. She said I either passed it or that isnt the cause of my pain. I really don't know what to think as the pain is still there. I am having bloodwork done to test my ANA for Lupus. Does anyone have any other thoughts? Would plurisy have showed up on my chest x-ray even if it was a smaller spot of inflamation?

Julia

aimsgirl16
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   Posted 3/6/2010 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I would say the 2 main ways to diagnose pluerisy is chest xray and then letting the doctors listen to your brething. If it is pluerisy your doc would defiantly be alble to hear it. So they are testing you for Lupus? I pray that is not what you have but since drug induced...does that mean if you stop taking humira it will go away??

Irishmom4
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   Posted 3/6/2010 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I know this sounds odd, but when I am having a lot of inflammation from my Crohn's I will get the pluerisy pain for awhile. This last time I was weaning myself off Endocort and prednisone the pain came back. Once I start taking the Endocort again because of inflammation relatecd to my Crohns, the pain was gone. I don't know if it was a coincidence or if they are related. It is hard having two chronic diseases because sometimes the symptoms overlap and my doctors blame the symtoms on the other disease. I often feel like ping pong ball.

Elizabeth
Dx'd with Crohns 1984
Polycystic kidney disease in 1996
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, Endocort, Prednisone, Imuran, Folic acid, and Enalapril.
 


Julia Hill
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   Posted 3/7/2010 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I will let you know what my bloodwork reveals. If it is lupus, prednisone is what I take for that as well as my crohn's, and I would have to discontinue the Humira. When I developed Remicade induced lupus it took over a year before my ANA was negative again. It is the fear of the unknown that scares me. I know what you mean about feeling like a ping pong ball. How has your crohn's been Elizabeth? Amy I'm sorry to hear you have had pleurisy 4 times.

Take care,
Julia
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