chronic right flank and right abdominal pain

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lily22
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   Posted 2/9/2012 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had this pain since late last summer. 7 Years ago I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease left side. No surgery. Went to 3 specialists and all said with surgery there was a 99% chance of paralisys. They have gotten that pain to a '7' which is better but most certainly not great. I had a gallbladder removed last summer also. The right pain I was sure was my kidney stones again although I've never had the accompaning upper right abdominal pain before. . I was wrong. Nothing wrong with my kidney(after 4 surgeries...minor).....I was devastated...what in the hell is wrong with me??????The pain is a nine......a ten when I wake up in the am. I look forward to sleep to escape the pain. I am a diagnosed insomniac yet I am now sleeping from 9-13 hours a night I really am starting to hate waking up only to have to live this way yet another day. My usual depression is out of control...I cry all day and all I can think about is the pain...I was told that this is referred pain...ok...from where???!!!! I got an MRI last week...very very unpleasant and painful experience. Waiting to hear the results. I think they would have called me by now if they found something???? I hate this. I feel about 90 years old. It's painful to sit, walk, breathe......any ideas PLEASE?? Thanks :):):)

straydog
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   Posted 2/9/2012 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lily and welcome to the chronic pain forum. I am glad that you us but sorry that you have to be here. At least by coming here and visiting with us you will find out that you are not alone, there are a lot of us that suffer with chronic pain. Pain can cause us to isolate ourselves and that is not a good thing to let happen. It can be real easy to slip in the isolation mode too. None of us here are drs, therefore we cannot diagnose you or tell you what is wrong with you. What we can do is share our own experiences and lend an ear to just listen or a shoulder to lean on.

When your drs said you are having referred pain it means the pain is coming from your back. With you having DDD that will cause pain and I imagine you have a lot of inflammation going on and that too increases the pain load. You did not mention what kind of drs are taking care of you or what kind of medications they have you on. I would think pain medication, maybe a muscle relaxer and for sure NSAID of some kind. I take Mobic for my arthritis and it helps.

Depression, boy that one can really turn things upside down real quick, not to mention causing an increase in our pain. For some reason CP and depression go hand in hand. If you are not on anything for the depression then please go to your dr and let him/her know what is going on. Crying all day is an indication there is a problem. When my depression is out of control I cry. I am one of these people that do not cry easy either. Perhaps if you are on something for the depression it is not doing its job and you may need a change in medication. Seek professional help, and do not feel bad for getting help either. It does not mean that you are crazy or weak, in fact it takes a strong person to walk in our shoes. My PCP dr recommended that I get in with a psychologist and the one I found was wonderful. She was such a big help, she made me realize my life was not over and it was really up to me to take control back. One thing she said that had to happen before anything was to learn how to make peace with your life and then you can move forward. Now that one was the hardest thing to do above all, but it can be done.

Being active is a must and finding things to do that will help distract you. Whether it is taking up a hobby of some kind, or reading a book. There are lots of things to do that do not require physical work, but staying active to an extent will really help. I know it sounds crazy to you but sitting at home and letting the pain consume you is so unhealthy. I garden a lot in the spring and summer, although I have had to cut my gardening way, way back I still manage to dig in the dirt, lol. Most of mine is container gardening. Winter is hard for me so I make myself get out of the house and go places, even if its to Walmart to walk around. I cannot walk very far unless I have a cart to hang onto so I go to places that have carts. I do like to crotchet and want to learn how to quilt.

Anyway, I wanted to pop on and tell you welcome aboard. Please keep us posted on how you are getting along.
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straydog
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   Posted 2/9/2012 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Lily I deleted the duplicate post that you made here...Susie
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grandmaroses
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   Posted 2/9/2012 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lily, I am wondering where the pain actually is I have undiagnosed upper right quadrant pain it is under my bottom rib. I have been tested for gastro had endoscopy and colonoscopy had ct, mri, my dr says he has no idea what is causing this.
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Rose



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lily22
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   Posted 2/9/2012 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
The pain is almost the same area as gallbladder pain but more area in the front under the rib. The back pain is right in the kidney area. Both hurt equally and there is only slight relief from the wake up to after I take my morning meds. I see a pain Dr, a shrink, have been to urologists and a kidney Dr and also my PCP. I am on Prozac, gabapentin, celebrex, trazadone, cymbalta, percocet and Oxycontin. The pain meds are from my pain Dr. He gave me the percs to try and alleviate some of the 'new' chronic pain but says he can't treat what he doesn't know. I take 180 mg of oxy per day. I need to be diagnosed to be treated. If it is a mystery forever that means no meds for that pain?? :(...it's just so awful. Also I do force myself to go out to walmart, market basket etc....sucks but I do it. Thanks :):):)

straydog
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   Posted 2/9/2012 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again Lily, wow you have been through the gambit of drs for sure. It is so frustrating when no one can tell you what is wrong that just makes it worse. When they checked your gallbladder did you have a test called a HIDA Scan? This test tell them how your gallbladder is working. I was checked for stones and had none, so then they did the HIDA Scan and found that my gall bladder was not working properly and was inflammed so it had to be taken out.

Have you considered going to a teaching hospital to be evaluated. The teaching hospitals often find things that our own drs miss and it sounds like something you may want to consider. If you are interested in something like this, if you will look at the post called CP101, there is listing of teaching hospitals and you should be able to find one the closest to your home.

Please keep us posted on how you are coming along. Take care...Susie
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grandmaroses
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   Posted 2/9/2012 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Lily if you ever find out the cause of your pain please post it because I have had this for 3 years and my dr is hoping it is deferred pain from my back problems I will be having a fusion March 26 so II will let you know if the ruq pain goes away.
Take care
Rose



Insulin Dependant Diabetic, Fibromyalgia, Gerd, IBS, Sleep Apnea, COPD, Spondylolistesis, Diabetic Neuropathy, Fatty Liver, High Cholesterol
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