My husband has had back pain for five years with no final diagnosis.
*Pain came on fast & severe on right side - by waist in 2001. Went to the ER: appendix was removed, but was healthy and pink. Surgeon determined during that surgery that the gallbladder was filled with stones, so that was removed with-in a day or two. Diagnosed with high blood pressure during that hospital stay. Started on meds for that. Same pain as before the first surgery returned as soon as the morphine wore off!!
*MRI'S with and with out contrast ordered - nothing.
*3 lumbar punctures - all clean. The thought was that he had a (metastic melanoma) spinal tumor. (pain was close to his Clark's level IV 5mm tumor) Protocol is 5 but my husband didn't want to go through the last two. He didn't die, so that diagnosis was scrapped.
*Seems like since all the various drs can't fit it into their specialty, no one can figure it out.
*He was in great shape when this started: good weight level. Now he is overwieght, diabetic and more depressed (was depressed before this started)
*Currently has the pain still, just finished a year of chemo for a recurrent malignant brain tumor (oligodendroglioma level 2 - resection in 2000-Recurrence in 2006 - Temador for one year with plans for another year)
*Just had a physical: diabetes in control, cholestrol good, blood pressure good, etc. But the Back pain remains!
Any info would help.
Wife of pain sufferer.