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Date Joined Feb 2012
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   Posted 2/21/2012 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I found this fourm while googling around solutions to pain.  At this point I really don't know where to turn or what else to do.
Around November 2010 while returning from lunch I started to get a stabbing pain sensation in my right flank.  It started to progress and get over a few minutes but within an hour the sensation was gone.  Over the next few days I would get that pain sensation in my flank and over time it began to be accompined by a burning sensation that went from the side of my body on the right hand side and flow up to my belly button, but only on the right side.
So in Novemeber of that year I went to my family doctor and she sent me for an ultra sound to check for stones.  The ultra sound came back negative so she sent me for a CAT scan of the area.  That CAT scan also came back negative so I was referred to a GI doctor.
In early 2011 I followed up with the GI doctor ending with a colonoscpy which again came back negative.
After the GI doctor turned up no cause I went back to my family doctor and at this point her mood shifted and she didn't out right say it, she pretty much accused me of making it all up.  So at that point she told me to just wait and see and it should go away on its on.  This was now early March 2010.
So I gave it a month on my own the flank pain only got worse so I went back to her.  She begruddingly referened me to an orthopedic doctor, who then sent me for an XRAYS.  The XRAY showed a little something so he sent me for an MRI and he found that there's not a big enough gap between L5 and S1 but 'Not enough to cause serious pain'.  So he sent me away with a pescription for naproxin and that was it.  The naproxin helps some aches and pains in the back but doesn't address the flank pain.
Someone then told me to go see a chriopractor, which I did for about 4 months.  He just spoke vaguly about sublexations and after the 4 months I feel like he made any mild back pain I had worse but did nothing for the flank pain and burning sensation.  After that I heard that hypnosis can help with pain so I went through a course of 8 sessions with a local guy that had good reviews but that hasn't helped the pain any.
Whenever I call my family doctor and ask to be seen about the pain her staff tells me if it's really that bad then you should go to the ER.  I have gone 3 times to the ER but feel really uneasy and feel like its pretty much pointless because I have just about every test under the sun.  All they do is give you a small prescription of percaset, which does really help, but they just send you on your way.
So now later on at the end of 2011 I was at my family doctor on an unrelated matter and she asked about my pain.  I told her it was still an issue and she prescribed me 60mg Cymbalta.  The cymalta helps some but the pains are still there and it doesn't help all of the way.
So right now I am on
60mg Cymbalta - Helps about 30%
600mg Neurotin (3x day) - Helps about 10%
500mg Naproxin (2x day) - Helps with little aches and pains but not the flank pain and burning sensation.
Right now I am really frustrated being in pain on a daily basis for over a year and a half now.  My mood has went into the toilet over the past year and I'm sick and tired of my doctors thinking I'm making it all up and pretty much refusing to help.  I'm not really sure what else to do now I've tried pretty much everything.

White Beard
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   Posted 2/21/2012 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Adam Welcome to Healing Well Chronic Pain Forum! Sounds like you have been through the wringer with your pain! Well we might not be able to fix you, but this is a great site to come to for support and possible suggestions of what might possibly help you! If nothing else it is a great site to at least vent your frustrations, because you will always find a compassionate and empathic ear to listen to you!
I do have a couple of questions for you, has anyone ever checked out your kidneys? and urinary track system? A fall could have caused you to have damaged a kidney, and or kidney infection or stones? or a host of other problems, flank pain is often associated with kidney problems. I am by no means a doctor or giving any type of medical advice, I am just curious as a chronic pain member  wondering if they have checked this area out? Anyway if not it might be something worth looking at????
I do hope you can find some answers soon, and please do keep us posted on your progress or lack of!
Again welcome to the forum and our chronic pain family! Good Luck to you!
White Beard
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!

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   Posted 2/21/2012 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I am kathy/nini53, only because my daughter just went through the alot of frustrating tests, including a colonoscapy(sorry about the spelling), then, she went to a gastro-whatever who gave her another test, not the same as the colon thing, but she was put under general anastesia(she was asleep) I believe this test started with an e, sorry I cant remember.  But her gastro-doc, told her all looked fine and if she was not better in 6 weeks, to come back and they would look at her gallbladder.
Two days later at 1am, we took her to the ER, due to her pain, turned out she had 11 gallstones, which for some reason after the surgery, she had asked the surgeon if she could have them, they are  med-small stones, which when the bottle is shaken, sounds just like rocks.
So, maybe you should check on your gallbladder, never know, I like White Beard am not a doctor, but it may be worth looking into.
Please take care, and good luck,
P.S.  I do not like doctor who imply your pain is in your head, they are the worse, maybe its time to see someone else, just a suggestion.  I always want to be able to magically feel the way I feel for 5 min., then tell me its in my head, sadly that can never happen.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

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   Posted 2/21/2012 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Adam and welcome to the chronic pain forum. I am glad that you found us but sorry you have to be here. I can see why you are so frustrated, plenty of tests that all say normal and drs that have no idea about what is causing all of this.

One thing that sticks out with me in a major way is how you have described your PCP's behavior towards you and your health issues, like not believing you are really suffering and have a problem. I am afraid I would have kicked this dr to the curb a long time ago. When you select a dr and go in to see them for treatment you are paying them to work for you, not sit in judgment and doubt you. That kind of an attitude from a dr reeks of not ever going to be interested in trying to find a solution to your problem.

I am with WhiteBeard about having the kidneys checked out. There are many different problems that can stem from the kidneys and this flank pain you speak of reminds me somewhat of something called Loin Pain Hematuria. I hope I spelled that right. I do remember flank pain being a significant problem. You can use our search feature here at the forum and look up this disease up to see if any of the symptoms fit with you.

Whatever you do, do not give up looking for answers as to what is causing you these problems. Again, welcome aboard and keep us posted on how you are doing.
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Date Joined Feb 2012
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   Posted 2/21/2012 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for the replies.
I did have my kidneys checked out during one of my vis*** to the ER.  They did a Cat Scan with contrast to check the kidneys.  That came back negative so I was cleared for that and stones.  They also did a hernia check on me just to be extra sure.
The gastro Doctor I went to checked my gall blatter.  From what I understand she was telling me was that gall blatter pain is further up the chest towards the center of the stomach. 
I however have not had my urinary tract checked.
From my journaling efforts the pain hasn't been corrolated with eating. The burning pain is constant but the flank pain is a stabbing pain that varies in intensity and persistance.  Also my journaling has made me realize there was two different pains, one is the flank pain that is the one that bothers me and the other is some mild back pain that I can deal with.
I think sometimes the doctors lump both of those pains together even though I try to explain to them that yes theres back pain but thats not a major deal its the flank pain. 
The only thing I can remember is back in November of that year it was icy here and I slipped off the back deck's step trying to clear off some of the ice.  But it took me a while to remember that.  Also from trying to figure out a cause I remember that ever since I was a child and intense running or exercise would cause a pain in that same area.  So I just never really did really intense exercise because it would hurt.  I used to be able to do moderiate intesity activity but now after 15 minutes the pain in the flank really becomes too unberable.
As for the Doctor, she didn't believe my brother in law when he came in to her complaining to intense pain.  He had to aruge with her and he turned out to have diverticilitus.

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   Posted 2/21/2012 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello again, ok, you most have to find another doctor, right away, I agree with Stray, you are paying for the visit whether thru insurance or out of pocket, doctors are not gods, they are people who went to school, for a chosen profession, which contains the oath "First, do no harm", way to many of them do not abide by that oath they took.
Take care, and get rid of your "doctor", well if you feel you need to.
degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson
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