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  • Posted By: abbyp2007
  • December 18, 2007
  • 07:44 PM

Hello,

I am back again from the doctors.

It began 3 weeks ago, with a classic UTI. I went in, got antibiotics, and went home. The last day of the antibiotics, the UTI symptoms came back. I called my Dr. and he sent me a new prescription.

While on Cipro, I began having a backache, lower back, along with UTI symptoms. I got concerned about kidney infection, so I went in to an urgent care.

My urine came back clean, kidneys were fine, no explanation for the backache, except the suggestion that I pulled it somehow. She did a total pelvic exam, uterus was tender, and she was thinking PID or uterine infection. She prescribed three heavy duty antibiotics, and sent me home.

I took those for 2 days, and then began falling apart again. Diarrhea, back pains, mainly lower right back to side, feeling disconnected, dizzy spells, nausea, internal tremors, and chest discomfort.

I went into the ER. Some of these symptoms I have had before, they were the chest pains, internal tremors, shaking, that was diagnosed as anxiety attacks. But I wanted to check them out again.

The ER did a urine and blood sample, everything came back normal. And they did a CAT scan of my abdomen to double check where I was having the pains.

He said I had an obstruction in my colon, but it was not a tumor or anything, it was just hard stool that did not work itself out yet. I questioned if I had a clog, then why the diarrhea? He said it is because stool is working around the clog, thus comes out softer. He also said this could be because of the heavy antibiotics I had been taking, and told me to stop taking them. They did also find a kidney stone, and a *bunch* of gall stones.

Sent me home, diagnosing me with constipation. (sigh)

Ok, got worse, altho I felt more like myself, the backache is spreading. It is now pretty much my whole back, a little stomach pain now and then to the touch, mainly after I eat something.

I am scared of a lung cancer diagnosis, considering my history. Could a backache be a symptom of stress? Am I doing this to myself? Is this anxiety?

I went back yesterday, saw a new doctor, and they are having me give stool samples over a three day period. She is thinking all the antibiotics have caused a bacterial infection in my gastro region. This will take up to a week to complete and get results.

The chest discomfort, and backache are very nervwracking to say the least. Could any of this be related to stress, anxiety? The kidney or gallstones? My doctor says the back pain is unlikely caused by the stones, but does not offer what it could be.

Any suggestions, comments, questions, shared experiences would be most helpful! I am afraid to go back to the doctor again, they keep trying this and that and nothing helps, and I have no answers. I know they cannot perform miracles and are not psychic, but I am really spooked by feeling this way.

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  • Your original complaint was an STD with UTI involvement and has escalated to where you are now. Sounds like you still need to get rid of the STD...what are they doing for that??? Gall stones, kidney stones...gosh...lots of people have gall stones...there are natural elimination programs out there: grapefruit juice and olive oil...check online...juice diet a couple of days...could be a big gall stone in your intestine...sounds like panic, too, and anxiety attacks....try acupuncture to even you out...like at least 3 of them
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 18, 2007
    • 11:50 PM
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  • Thanks for the reply Monsterlove, There was no STD, they just tested because they were at a loss of what to do. The tests came back negative. I'm considering going in again tonight, constipation has begun again, and the whole trunk of my body just doesn't feel right. What began as a little ache in my lower right side, is now up the full back, stomach, and chest. I'm more scared than ever, and upset that no one can figure this out. Cancer has always been a fear, I have not always been nice to myself, I cannot get over that feeling that something serious is going on. I hope it's a gall bladder attack, but the pain is not that severe, least not yet.
    abbyp2007 3 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 00:50 AM
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  • I took those for 2 days, and then began falling apart again. Diarrhea, back pains, mainly lower right back to side, feeling disconnected, dizzy spells, nausea, internal tremors, and chest discomfort. What antibiotics were you prescribed? Understand that some antibiotics have horrible horrible side effects. I was prescribed avelox, and had hallucinations and "depersonalization", just like your feeling disconnected. Did you know this drug can actually cause a tendon to tear, requiring SURGERY?!?:mad: I am not a fan of antibiotics and avoid them like the plague. People think that antibiotics are fairly harmless, but that is NOT true. Since you have taken several, you need to be taking a good quality PROBIOTIC to help rebuild your ravaged intestinal flora. This is very important! Consider trying acupuncture to help get your pain under control and your body back in balance. Acupuncture works, and can really make a difference. It will also really help you manage your stress, and calm you down. Please try it. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 04:43 AM
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  • Definitely take a probiotic. You have had several strong antibiotics close together. I had too many and suddenly had all kinds of digestive problems, chest pain, you name it. They have me on Prevacid now, which helps a bit. Your doctor is probably testing you for a resistant bacteria which some people get after too many antibiotics. If it is that, they can get rid of it. Don't take probiotics while on antibiotic, though. It makes people vomit sometimes and will lessen the effect of both. When you have some time off antibiotics, eat live culture yogurt at the very least.Understand your concern for your lungs. Your symptoms don't really sound related, but they will probably do a kidney check on you because smoking is a risk elsewhere too. I had an ultrasound because I am childbearing age and it came up clean, so I am very glad I did that. If you may wish to have children, make sure you ask your doctor if you can have tests that are not radioactive, such as mri and ultrasounds instead of CT. Some doctors are giving people multiple radioactive tests a year. They add up fast.
    BesideMyself 41 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 07:26 AM
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  • I think I would make an appointment with a urologist regarding the kidney stone. If it is stuck in the cortex of the kidney or someplace where it won't migrate, then it should not be a problem. If it begins the passage out, then you will hurt in your back (flank, or on the side), then down either ureter (mid-abdomen), to the bladder (lower abdomen), then out the urethra. All the time you will be saying, "ow,ow,ow". Get that evaluated first. Kidney stones and gravel can mimic a bladder infection. Have them send the CT report to your doc to find where the k-stone is. Maybe they can do an ultrasound of the kidneys,ureter and bladder AND gall bladder at the same time. THEN get the gallstones evaluated. A "box of rocks" is no fun at all, and that pain can radiate all over your chest and abdomen. Having these sharp little mineral rocks bang around your insides may be all that's causing your problems. I'm surprised that the doc said that the stones would not cause back pain. Keep exercising, take stool softeners and add a little fiber to your diet.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 09:56 AM
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  • Thank you for all the replies, I am not sure how to include some of all your comments, so I will try to answer from my memory, which isn't so good at this point! Sorry if I missed any comments... You all have made me feel a little better, altho I did make an appointment to go in and have a chest x-ray done, and more blood work done. At the very least, my cancer worries could be aleviated, hopefully not confirmed. The antibiotics I was on, I cannot remember the first one, It began with an "M", and he said it was strictly for bladder infections, did not go through the kidneys etc, and would not cause yeast infections. The second was Cipro, 4 days of that. When the urgent care thought I may have PID, they gave me doxycycline, Levaquin and Metronizadole. I took 3 full days of those before I was told to stop. Whether related or not, I just cleared up a yeast infection, and yes I have been eating live cultured yogurt for that, and also because if this is due to all the antibiotics robbing me of my good bacteria, I figured yogurt lots of it, would be a good thing. I'm not sure why my Doc said that kidney stones or gall stones would not cause a backache. They keep trying to tell me I stressed or injured something by falling or twisting the wrong way. I'm 39, never had a backache in my life, not even when I was pregnant twice. I am not planning to have any more kids, but thanks for the tip on the safer tests. I am on birth control, but as always not a hundred percent effective. My main concern, and I don't know why they don't see it, even when I tell them, that my back began hurting in the lower right, then to the lower left, now it is all over back pain. Last night my chest felt foggy, and hurt, it was very uncomfortable. This could be stress and anxiety, I have had this once before, I went in thinking I was having a heartattack, but all tests came out fine. The internal tremors are scary too, but I think also stress and anxiety related. They had tried a couple of different anti depressants, but the side effects made me more stressed. Wellbutrin caused insomnia, and Paxil gave me very intense yawns all the time. About the only thing that helped were Ativans, they made me calm down and feel better, but they are highly addictive and I took sparingly. Sorry, I talk a lot when I am worried, lol... To me, the backache should not be advancing, or moving around, my shoulders are even sore now this morning. Tho the chest pains are gone for now. My constipation is back, which is frustrating, which is like one of you said you had this after a course of antibiotics. Thank you so much, when you mentioned you had similiar symptoms including chest pains. I am praying this is all it is, overuse of antibiotics. I hope this finally shows up in my stool samples I am turning in on Friday. Is there a blood test for this, that would be faster? I feel my whole digestive system is horribly out of whack, I cannot eat much, desire for food is blah, and I feel worse after I eat. But I am eating, to keep up strength, so you would think I could poo. They did give me Miralax, but my doctor the other day told me that it would be the worst thing I could do, to take stool softeners if I had a bacterial infection due to overuse of antibiotics. So I have been laying off that. May have to use it again tho, if they want their samples. Thanks again all of you, you have made me feel better. I have always been healthy, no major problems, I have been overweight, but just last year I have been eating better, gave up soda, cut back on fat, lost 40 pounds, exercising, walking, riding bikes.....and now this. I thought I would be feeling healthier, not like this.
    abbyp2007 3 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 11:12 AM
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  • I had problems after taking Cipro. In fact, bad enough on my digestive tract I now ask for something else. I think they are probably testing you for H. pylori. Here's a bit about it:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helicobacter_pyloriI had a blood test for it. Didn't have it. I will tell you this, though. I never had problems either until I had Cipro, Doxicycline, Levaquin, and a sulfa one I forget the name of now all in short succession. All kinds of pains since, now on Prevacid permanently. I had some major problems with queasiness while on them, but it was actually a couple months later the big pains started and I had a heart attack scare, a contrast dye test, etc etc. Then they decided to treat me for GERD after I repeatedly mentioned all the antibiotics I had had in only a couple months.
    BesideMyself 41 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 11:38 AM
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  • Gallstones or inflammation of your gallbladder or pancreas can pretty much cover most of your symtoms, including chest pain.
    TerryG 120 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 00:29 PM
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  • Whether related or not, I just cleared up a yeast infection, and yes I have been eating live cultured yogurt for that, and also because if this is due to all the antibiotics robbing me of my good bacteria, I figured yogurt lots of it, would be a good thing. I'm not sure why my Doc said that kidney stones or gall stones would not cause a backache. They keep trying to tell me I stressed or injured something by falling or twisting the wrong way. I'm 39, never had a backache in my life, not even when I was pregnant twice. I am not planning to have any more kids, but thanks for the tip on the safer tests. I am on birth control, but as always not a hundred percent effective. Yogurt is not going to have enough live bacteria in it to make a real difference in your gut. Too much yogurt will increase "dampness" in your body and I don't recommend this. Please, please get a good quality PROBIOTIC and take it daily - your constipation symptoms should start to improve with this. Since you had a yeast infection your flora is overgrown with candida. A probiotic will help this as well. You can get a probiotic at any good health food store, or online at www.vitacost.com. Please do this! Again, yogurt is not enough. Understand that birth control can become ineffective if you are on antibiotics... you should always have a back up form of birth control, especially if you have taken multiple courses of antibiotics. Do you have regular periods? Do you have painful periods? When you are talking of your constipation, how frequent are your bowel movements? Are you going days without one? If so, this can cause back pain... Have you thought or considered my post concerning acupuncture? I think it would really help your back, and it is so great for stress and anxiety! Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
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  • Yogurt is not going to have enough live bacteria in it to make a real difference in your gut. Too much yogurt will increase "dampness" in your body and I don't recommend this. Please, please get a good quality PROBIOTIC and take it daily - your constipation symptoms should start to improve with this. Since you had a yeast infection your flora is overgrown with candida. A probiotic will help this as well. You can get a probiotic at any good health food store, or online at www.vitacost.com. Please do this! Again, yogurt is not enough. Understand that birth control can become ineffective if you are on antibiotics... you should always have a back up form of birth control, especially if you have taken multiple courses of antibiotics. Do you have regular periods? Do you have painful periods? When you are talking of your constipation, how frequent are your bowel movements? Are you going days without one? If so, this can cause back pain... Have you thought or considered my post concerning acupuncture? I think it would really help your back, and it is so great for stress and anxiety! Best wishesDOMHello Acuann, You know, I am totally not for yogurt. It is too processed and contains too much sugar.If it was raw yogurt, it would be different- but pasteurization is tough: it modifies the milk molecules. If that milk contained antibiotics and peticide and it gets pasteurized, well, that's like a 'frankenyogurt' LMAO with added sugar, and corn syrup, and everything that is ready to put one's pancreas in a 'coma'.My 2 cents. Fruity 4 You :)Later!
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 06:36 PM
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  • True, I'm mainly eating the yogurt for the yeast infection, it always works, and I just figure it cannot do much harm to the gut. I'm sorry, I misunderstood about the probiotics you had mentioned, I assumed you got them at a pharmacy. I didn't realize you can get them at health food centers, I was going to ask my doc about them, but I will go out tonight and see if I can find some. Definately worth a try, plus they are probably easier on the system, I am afraid of more medication because medications are perhaps what got me here in the first place. My periods have always been awful, heavy and painful, which is why I had gone on the pill to begin with, back in high school. The pill has helped incredibly. I will and do use other forms, not that I have been in that frame of mind lately anyways, lol. I have not gone days without a bowel movement, usually once in the morning, at least lately. Before all this, twice a day was not uncommon. Right now it feels like I could go more, but I can't. They did say on the CAT scan, there was a clog of stool in my colon, and the reason I was having diarrhea at the time was because all the stuff was softening by being forced around the clog. Makes sense, yet doesn't...know what I mean? I asked him if he was for sure that the clog was stool, and not a tumor, polyp or what have you, and he said he was sure. I called my regular doctor today, and asked him to have a look at the CAT scan and records of my ER visit. Second opinion, and maybe third sounds in order. For now, my chest pains have gone away, thank goodness, but my back still feels like it could crack in half at any minute. Feels so tight and stiff, and is back to the right lower back. And I did make an appointment with a urologist, to also double check on the kidney stone and gallstones. I had not thought about a specialist, thanks! Acupuncture? I have never tried it, and not known anyone who has, but at this point, I don't think it could hurt! I will look into this too. Thanks again, everyone!
    abbyp2007 3 Replies
    • December 19, 2007
    • 09:11 PM
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  • I had problems after taking Cipro. In fact, bad enough on my digestive tract I now ask for something else. I think they are probably testing you for H. pylori. Here's a bit about it:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helicobacter_pylori I had a blood test for it. Didn't have it. I will tell you this, though. I never had problems either until I had Cipro, Doxicycline, Levaquin, and a sulfa one I forget the name of now all in short succession. All kinds of pains since, now on Prevacid permanently. I had some major problems with queasiness while on them, but it was actually a couple months later the big pains started and I had a heart attack scare, a contrast dye test, etc etc. Then they decided to treat me for GERD after I repeatedly mentioned all the antibiotics I had had in only a couple months. Back in october my doctor placed me on flagyl and lavaquin i was then hospitalized a day later. i had brady cardia with atrial fibrillation i am not sure if i spelt that right anyhow i have been sick since then and not too mention it i have since been put on an anti anxiety-prozac and klonapin which is stronger than ativan. i was then having sinual problems and then placed on keflex, then cipro acted funny on that too and now clindamyacin. this person is correct two of those medicines the cipro and levaquin have tendon tearing complication warnings on them but here is the bigger kicker i was on prednisolone a corticoid at the same time also. for the imflammation of my sinuses, this can cause worse problems with those antibiotics and i have never felt right since then. got to the fda's website and look up levaquin and cipro they have problems with these two drugs mainly the levaquin.
    STEPHRSCHOL 1 Replies
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