IBS, Kidneys, gas, or appendicitis?

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   Posted 10/14/2013 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Starting about five days ago I started having a pain around the lower right side of my back and front of my stomach. It slowly moved around to the front which is where the pain has persisted. I went to the ER and the did a urianalysis and a blood test and eveything came back normal. The pain is constant, the level of pain varies. I've also noticed that the area has constant gurgling/rumbling feelings. Nothing seems to alleviate the pain. It's not debilitating though it's not comfortable enough to want to go work out or anything of that nature. There is a small area that is tender to touch. I should also mention that I just started an anti-viral medication(acyclovir) for shingles. Shingles in on my right arm. I don't know if that medication could be causing this. I could say the pain started once I started the medication but I don't want to not rule other things out first.

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   Posted 10/14/2013 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
There is lots of pain in my back during movement I should say. Which may just be an ill timed pulled muscle adding to the mix of problems.

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   Posted 10/16/2013 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   

Sounds similar to when I start to get kidney stones. did they do and Xray or CT to rule that out?

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   Posted 10/16/2013 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I had an xray, CT scan, Blood test, and Urianalysis. Eveything was normal. I go for a ultrasound Friday.

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   Posted 11/13/2013 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you got a diagnosis?

You've mentioned "gurgling/rumbling feelings" - to me this speaks for a bowel problem, possibly trapped gas in the colon, especially in the transverse colon, which runs horizontally below the rib cage. It can be simply a side effect of acyclovir.

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   Posted 7/14/2014 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone. I also wanted to share that I had chronic appendicitis in case is it helpful for others out there to know that it does exist. I had lower right quadrant pain that hurt continually for 5 months. It was a dull pain that would get more painful with exercise. I went to the ER twice, had two ct scans (one with contrast, one with out), a upper GI with small bowel follow through, several blood tests, liver function tests, urine analysis, and three internal ultrasounds (looking for cysts) and EVERYTHING came back normal. The only findings were a very slightly dilated tip of appendix (the surgeon didn't even think it was worth considering) and enlarged mesenteric lymph nodes. I didn't have elevated white blood cells, no fever, no nausea (at first - but some toward the end of the 5 months). In addition, I had a mild anemia that got better with iron pills. I was eventually at a loss and I asked for an exploratory laparoscopy and for them to take out my appendix while they were at it. I also asked for a genealogical surgeon to be present to check for endometrioesis (because you can only find this with surgery - I figure get the most out of the surgery as I could). Today I'm 2.5 weeks post op and met with my surgeon. He said that my appendix was still only slightly enlarged but was stiff and hard, not soft, when he took it out. He also showed my the pathology report which confirmed "acute appendicitis" even though I didn't have strong pains - only continuos dull pains that I would say were about a 4-6 on the 10 point pain scale. They also found a small amount of endometriosis that they took out. So, it is possible to have appendicitis even though the appendix looks somewhat normal on the scans. My surgeon said he was so surprised and he actually seemed very excited to see that this was possible. I am still in pain after 2 weeks post op - feels like the same pain as before. I think it will take some time to heal. Hope this helps

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   Posted 7/15/2014 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I assume you have been in contact with your primary care doc since you went to the ER. Also with the doc who prescribed the med for shingles, worth it to look into the possibility of a med side effect/reaction. Sounds like there are quite a few different possibilities. The primary care doc may not be able to diagnose this problem, but he/she should be able to at least help to coordinate your care, sending you for whatever tests or other docs they feel would be appropriate.

If I were you, I would check about that new med right away. If that is causing your problem, it may be much easier to change the med or the dose or figure out how to get you thru until you are done with the med, rather than end up seeing lots of docs and having lots of tests or even surgery just to find out in the end that it was likely the medication.

In any case, I hope you are able to find some answers and get some relief soon!
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