Pain in stomach, side, and back muscles. excruciating pain

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Serina
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   Posted 11/28/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey to all of you,
 
Usually I can read all the posts and eventually find a sign of what is ailing with me.
 
long back we were asking about pain in under the right rib cage, and some others besides me have this same pain.  But now it has spread.  my rib cage on my right side is sore to the touch, and the pain is unbearable.  It starts with pain just at my upper right rib cage, and spreads down into my stomach muscles, and my right side muscles, and right side back muscles.  I cannot drive my car hardly, cannot stand up well, or sit up.  the only thing that relieves it is to lay down.  I am fine til I get up in the mornings.  But standing up yesterday preparing thanksgiving food, and sitting up at my daughter's house for dinner, was unbearable.
 
Is this a flare?  Even if I am on plaquenil, can it still be a flare?  Is this something I need to get the rheumy to see me, to work me in?  Is it something that the GP needs to see?  I don't know if I can sit up long enough to see to the doctor. 
 
Got my medicare stuff yesterday, or the day before to list the stuff that medicare has paid.  One of the things that was listed as been given to me was "viper venom diluted".  this was the stroke stuff.  the mri, mra, and cat scans.  have you heard of this before.
 
thank you for listening.  I am going to get off the computer for awhile.  and not push my luck today.  maybe if I just do my thing of 5 minutes of work, and fifteen minutes of rest, maybe it will not be ok.  I just over did it maybe. nono
Hester
Lupus diagnosed 1996, Heart by-pass 1998, breast cancer 2000, stroke2002, vascular surgery 2005, heart attack in 2007, and had a stint put in, Sjogren's Syndrome 2008
 
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jhmom
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   Posted 11/28/2008 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
(((( Hester )))) I have pain under both my ribs mainly caused by costochondritis but I do have pain under my left rib due to my "twisted / loopy colon". I think you should call your GP or rheumy ASAP, either one could probably help you. That kind of pain doesn't seem normal and needs to be attended to.

Unfortunately we can still flare while being on our meds, it can be triggered from stress, lack of sleep, colds, etc.

Hopefully you can get in to the doctor quickly and start feeling better soon! Take care of yourself and get plenty of rest. yeah
Stacie
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   Posted 11/28/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Diluted viper venom is used in a laboratory test for the lupus anticoagulant
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Ginny
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   Posted 11/28/2008 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Serina,
 
Hmmmm, I don't know what to make of your pain either?  I think Stacie is right and a visit to your doctor is a good idea.  Seeing your GP should be enough for now.
 
Your typing is so much better!  How are you feeling?  You gave us all such a scare.....(((((Serina)))))
 
Let us know how you're doing with this pain, okay?
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

34 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, Anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke, 2002), Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck), anxiety. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, Didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, Neurontin, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


lucysgd
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   Posted 11/28/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
(((Hester)))) - hope you will get in to see your doctor - and really take it easy in the meantime.  It sounds awful ..... you need some relief!
Lucy
diagnoses:  mono 1972; postviral CFS 1997; fibro 1998; CEBV 2005; UCTD (dx limbo) 2007
meds:  occasional low dose xanax for sleep, artificial tears w/ ointment at night, ibuprophin (none of which manages the problems very well!)
 
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Melissa D.
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   Posted 11/28/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hester,

As the others have stated, this pain does not sound good, it sounds like much more then inflammation. I have inflammation in my lungs and rib cage right now, sometimes it hurts more than others and literally feels as though someone has a band tied really tight around me. When this happens I cannot not move, the best position to be in until it passes is doubled over slightly, but when it hits that intensely it cannot take a deep breath or anything, it hurts so bad. That said, I have not had it run down into my stomach. I would feel a lot better if you would go see your GP and have them take a look at you. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

Lupus is just a strange little disease, sometimes we can be on tons of meds and our bodies will still does wierd stuff like this! Sending many prayers and hopes for a speedy recovery your way. Please keep us posted.

Melissa
Lupus - 1997   Fibro - 2001    Sjorens  -  2007   Raynauds  -  2008
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MJLD
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   Posted 11/28/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Serina,
So sorry you're having pain! Please know that I will say a prayer for you. Keep us informed! love, Judy

Serina
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   Posted 11/29/2008 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for your responses.  I am certain my doctor is out of the office today, but can talk to him Monday.  I have seen them already so many times.  Of course two of the office visits were follow up for the initial office visit, the cat scan and back to the doctor, and then sent me to the MRI scan, and then admitted to the hospital.  Not sure how many office visits I can have due to medicaid and medicare. 

but I will call him and try to get to his office Monday.  Most all of that pain is gone today.  I needed rest maybe.  Maybe did too much.  I did not imagined that maybe it is my bowels or something having pain.

The viper venom is used for the tests that all of you or some of you suggested that I should take?  That is good to know.  ONe never knows what one might find in the medicare summaries? yeah   I am assuming that the tests were negative, or he would have called me back to his office.  He doesn't call me if tests are negative.  but they should call me.  maybe I need to get a new doctor.

I think my grandchildren are worried about me.  I picked up my grandson from the fire department last night, so he could get a second ride from my house to another fire station.  He is a volunteer fireman.  Headed toward the door in my house to go with his ride, (he is 15 and can't drive yet).  In the middle of his long strides to the front door, he turned around and came back and gave me a big hug, and said, " I love you Mawmaw".  I do not wish to worry my family, or anyone, but simply cannot hide this pain.  It is too painful.  Rest takes it away apparently.

I need to speak openly to this doctor.  I need to let him know that he needs to listen to me.  I went  on that real goose chase for 2 1/2 years chasing a cancer that did not materialize.  and the pain that I went to the doctor for, was never mentioned again.  I went to the doctor about the pain under my right rib cage, and they chased cancer for awhile.  then I had a heart attack, and a stroke, and they seemed to be more important.  Maybe I need to call the rheumy.  Maybe he will listen to me better. 

Thank you much for your responses.  a small sore place is at my rib cage.  sitting up or standing up, causes the pain and it worsens the longer I stand up or sit up.

Will do better in the future or try to.

Thank you Ginny about telling me about my better typing.  sometimes I can read the post again, and still not find my mistakes.  so this is very good news.

Hester


Lupus diagnosed 1996, Heart by-pass 1998, breast cancer 2000, stroke2002, vascular surgery 2005, heart attack in 2007, and had a stint put in, Sjogren's Syndrome 2008
 
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Ginny
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   Posted 11/29/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hester,
 
Oh yes, you would have had that viper venom test done when you got your lupus diagnosis in '96. It's one of the "must do" tests.
 
It's encouraging to hear that your pain is pretty much gone today.  That's good!  It could really be what you said, that you just over did it the other day.  I still think telling your doctor about it is a good idea.
 
Your grandchildren might be worried about you but they have reason to be.  I think it's lovely that your grandson gave you a hug and told you he loves you.  That is so special. 
 
I hope your pain lessens even more today.  Have a good Saturday!
 
I can do anything through Jesus Christ who strengthens me. I have learned in whatever state I am in,to be content. Phillipians 4:11-13

34 years old. Diagnosed with Lupus in 2000. Fibromyalgia, Anti-phospholipid syndrome(APS)(stroke, 2002), Sjogren's, Raynaud's, Libman Sach's Endocarditis, vasculitis, sacroiliitis, arthritis (neck), anxiety. Prednisone, Imuran, Coumadin, Clobazam, Amitriptyline, Didrocal, Cozaar, Zoloft, Neurontin, calcium, multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Magnesium, vitamin B6, Acidophilus


Serina
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   Posted 11/29/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   

It makes me almost cry thinking about him running back to give me that hug.  And he asks me if I am feeling well the next day after I have had a bad day.  Not all of my children are so caring or interested.  some of them I think believe it is all in my head, or they say things like "what is lupus?" after I have been diagnosed for 12 years???

Just thankful that I have the youngest daugthter that I do have, and it is her children who seem to be caring about me.  just family politics.  this has been for a very long time.  and I am about to end it all.  I really do not have the mental health needed to respond to thier little games.  just not worth it.

I did not know that I would have had that the viper venom stuff was a necessity for me to have had one of the tests done for Lupus.  Just so much I do not know.  But I am learning;)
 
I am going to do my five minutes of work and 15 minutes of rest this day.
 
you are a good soul Ginny.  all of you are.  I am not Christian, but my faith is strong about creator, and souls and spirit.  all of you are some of the good guys.  Those people that Creator places on earth so that they can help the rest of us.  I really do believe this, completely.  And I am fortunate to have known you.'
 
hester
Lupus diagnosed 1996, Heart by-pass 1998, breast cancer 2000, stroke2002, vascular surgery 2005, heart attack in 2007, and had a stint put in, Sjogren's Syndrome 2008
 
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aspirin, multivitamin, Arthrotec , Meclazine ,  plaquinil, Metoclopomide, Doxepin , Metoprolol, synthroid,  Amlodipine, Crestor, Lasinopril, Plavix, phenagrin,  Restasis  

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