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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 2, 2008
  • 07:37 PM

I have several problems and have no idea which ones are linked, if any, to one another. I have been writing off most of the pain to just 'getting older', but there have been things more recently that I can't just dismiss.

First of all, I have a bulging disc in my lower back, so I know most of the lower body pain is related to that.

-My lower back hurts constantly (disc)
-My left leg stays weak, mainly in my left hip and knee, but pretty much all the way down.
-Walking increases the pain and weakness and causes numbness in my left foot.
-I have varicose veins in both legs, with my right being about 3 times as bad as my left.
-The back of my right leg hurts constantly directly behind my knee, spreading about 6 inches up and down from there.
-Most of my joints hurt. Some constantly, some with activity. All of my digits, fingers and toes, both ankles, both knees, left hip and right shoulder.
-I feel a little short of breath at times, even when not exerting myself.
-I feel like my heart 'flutters' (for lack of a better word) on occasion, maybe about twice a week.I have chest pains about as often as the flutters, but they don't last more than 30 seconds at a time.
-I get a sharp, stabbing pain in the back of my head seldomly, but sharp enough to stop me in my tracks if walking. It only lasts about 5 to 10 seconds.
-When I work out, my head feels like it is filling up with fluid, causing me to become light headed. If I lean forward and rest a minute, it will go away.
-I have swollen tonsils, the right much larger than the left, but absolutely no pain.
-I have a constant pain in my lower left side, just above the hip, more to the back, and another about 4 or 5 inches higher on the same side, also toward the back.
-I have eye floaters, about 2 dozen. This I've had an eye doctor look at and was informed without other symptoms (light flashes, stationary spots, etc.) they were pretty much harmless and should go away in about a year or so.

All of these symptoms I have had for several months, and some as long as 3 years, and all of them I kept writing off as nothing or age creeping in, etc. until the last symptom popped up about 5 weeks ago.

While urinating, towards the end of the stream, my urine turned white. Solid white, like I was urinating milk. I know it wasn't milk because I'm not a big milk drinker. This has only happened 3 times in 5 weeks, but it is something I can definitely say isn't normal.

I am a 42 year old male with no real history other than having my gall bladder removed 9 years ago.

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  • White or cloudy urine is most commonly a result of phosphaturia. This is a benign condition in which excess amorphous phosphate crystals form in urine. Adding a drop of acetic acid to the urine sample will result in immediate clearing of the urine. Phosphaturia is usually intermittent, occurring following a meal or after ingesting a large quantity of milk. White urine is sometimes due to pyuria (abundant white blood cells) in association with an infection of the urinary tract. White cloudy urine can rarely be due to chyluria (lymph fluid), resulting from a communication with between the lymphatic system and the urinary tract . Chyluria can be caused by filariasis. Do you live near the equator? Or been to India or Africa? Also, get your prostate tested.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
    • 11:53 AM
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  • I am the original poster here. I couldn't register through email at work. I live in Southeast Texas and I haven't been out of country for over 10 years, and then it was just a cruise. Thank you for your input.
    lh1216 6 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
    • 01:08 PM
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  • I beleive that white urine is also caused by retrograde ejaculation in which the semen flows into the bladder giving urine its white color. This is caused by an injury to the lower part of spinal cord or spondylothesis. In addition to damage to the sympathetic nerves, it can also give one feeling of numbness and pain in the lower extremities.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
    • 05:23 PM
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  • You seem to have a number of complaints that you have been accumulating over time. It is definitely time to see your physician and get a check-up. One texan to another.
    fewd4thought 126 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 00:51 AM
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  • I did go see my doctor, but it's a lengthy process. Lab work, scans etc. that have to be scheduled around work, going back to see him once the results are back... you know the deal. He's a good doctor, so I'm sure we'll get there. I was just hoping someone could possibly link some of the symptoms together for a basic diagnosis.
    lh1216 6 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 01:21 AM
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  • Ignoring the obvious symptoms related to the disc, I have a question. Does it mean there is nothing wrong if my lab results were ok? I mean, my doctor seemed to want to end everything right there and had I not persisted, would have. I still have swollen tonsils, pain in my left side that has now spread to the other side and upper abdomen, my urine stills turns milky white on average about once a week for a portion of the stream, essentially everything is unchanged with a few additional pains - but my lab work was fine, so...am I ok? He finally agreed to set up a CT scan and bone scan. My question is am I wasting my time, or is it possible to ace the lab and still have serious problems?
    lh1216 6 Replies
    • January 25, 2008
    • 01:16 PM
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  • My question is am I wasting my time, or is it possible to ace the lab and still have serious problems? it is possible to ace the lab and still have serious issues. i have that many different problems wrong with me...but they dont show up in blood tests. Doctors if something isnt easy to work out.. will often just quit trying to and place you in the too hard basket. When i had heart flutters which were waking me up at night.. doctor did an ECG .. and when more heart symptoms developed.. he sent me to the heart clinic to see specialist. If you doctor hasnt done some heart tests I think you should go and see another doctor who will.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • January 26, 2008
    • 05:26 AM
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  • myofascial pain problem? more about that at http://www.myalgia.com/Treatment/Myofascial%20pain/Understanding%20MPS.htm"There have been no prevalence studies of myofascial pain syndromes in the context of rheumatology practice, but it is the author's experience that myofascial pain problems are often undiagnosed / untreated components of pain in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus and other common rheumatic disorders. ""................ Also i noticed that some of the pain points you mentioned where pain is flaring from are the fibromyaligia trigger points (eg you mentioned knee, back of head.. place on your back) ..so possibly myofasical pain and FM may be featuring in whatever illness you have.To see where pain often flares out from in FM see the diagram at http://www.immunesupport.com/fibromyalgia-tenderpoints.htm
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • January 26, 2008
    • 05:46 AM
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  • Thanks for your input Tan. Oddly enough, my doctor sent me to a rheumatologist for my joint pain (completely ignoring everything else). I kept the appointment mainly due to your post to rule out that possibility. The rheumatologist ruled out Lupus, RA, and Fibromyalgia - which I was pretty certain would be the result. Here it is almost 2 months later and I still know absolutely nothing. My doctor said he had no idea what the white urine was as he had never heard of it, so he discounted it. I had no pain with my swollen tonsil, so he ignored that. I did have the CT scan and bone scan, both he said were normal - he also said my MRI 3 years ago was normal when I herniated my disc, so... what 'normal' is I'm not sure, but my guess is they didn't find anything significant. When these tests come back negative, my doctor really doesn't want to proceed. He said we didn't have to do anything if I didn't want to after the blood work, so I'm really having to push after the CT and bone scans. The thing is, my symptoms aren't going away, and I've collected a few more to boot. I noticed about 50% of the time, my stool is floating. Maybe it always has, but I sure have never noticed it. Another strange thing - 2 days in a row, my stool was very pale, like a light beige. It hasn't been like that for almost a week now, but it was very wierd to see. Also, about 5 times now in the past 2 weeks, my ears pop and ring like with a pressure change, similar to what you experience in an airplane or something. I live at sea level and have never had this happen other than driving over a tall bridge or flying. I've had burning pain in my back about lung high on boths sides of my spine that lasts for an hour. This has only happened twice so far. I've had abdominal pain all over - some high, just below the sternum, some low on both sides below my navel line. The pain in my left side is increasing gradually week by week, my tonsil is still as swollen as ever, and on occasion, I still have the white urine. I mentioned all of these things to the rheumatologist, even though they weren't her field and her suggestion was to definitely have them checked, especially the tonsil.... I've asked off early twice and burned 3 vacation days for doctors and tests. I'm running out of favors at work and patience with my doctor.
    lh1216 6 Replies
    • February 21, 2008
    • 01:39 PM
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  • You obviously have got something going on with you. Seeing no one here seems to be able to suggest what the whole issue could be. I suggest going to www.medhelp.org/forums/list and you will see on the right hand side of that page, they have free "ask a doctor" forums. Try cut and pasting your stuff from here, there. Did your doctor test to make sure you havent got urine infection? (said in regards to the white urine..and your glands being up).
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies
    • February 22, 2008
    • 06:43 AM
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  • Thanks for your posts. Tan, I'm still trying to get a question into that forum, but they apparently have a daily quota and my timing is poor. Blaze, there are many of the symptoms for Lyme disease on that page that fit my situation, so a definite possibility. The only thing I couldn't find associated with Lyme is the 24/7 pain in my side and the stool color changes. Also, this past weekend there was blood in my stool (yippee). Some things come and go, but the side pain, swollen tonsil, and fatigue seem to be a constant now for months. Question - if I do have something like colon cancer or diverticulitis, wouldn't that have shown up on the CT scan, or is that something that has to be seen with a colonoscopy?
    lh1216 6 Replies
    • February 25, 2008
    • 07:33 PM
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  • Try here: http://urology.stanford.edu/articles/abnormal_urine.html
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • February 25, 2008
    • 08:07 PM
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  • 5 months now and still no diagnosis. I've changed doctors - for the better I think - but he still hasn't found the main problem. He did diagnose me with prostatitis, and he suspects the pain in my side has to do with my kidney, despite my intestinal symptoms, but can't put a finger on the main problem. I've had 4 blood tests now, 3 urine tests, my prostate checked, CT scan, Bone scan, Colonoscopy, EGD, and 2 X-rays. The only thing they have found is mild Gastritis and possible Esophagitis. My doctor just sent me for a new blood test (5th) and scheduled an IVP - still going after the kidney - for next week. It's hard to tell him how frustrated I am since he's only been trying for a month or so. He's done more in the month than the last doctor did in 4, but it's all starting to get old. The pain in my side has gotten gradually worse. I'm about 1 degree away from going to the hospital. The night sweats seem to be increasing, and now I have something else happening occasionally. I get cold spots in my gut about 3 or 4 times a week - completely random - and have for a while, but in the last couple of weeks, they've come with an immediate cold sweat and nausea. The entire episode only lasts about a minute or two. Nothing from the list of symptoms I wrote earlier has changed. I've been prescribed Levaquin, Omeprazole, and now Flow Max. Nothing has changed any of my symptoms. I've only been taking the Flow Max for a week now, and although it may help with my Prostatitis, I don't think it's the answer to any of the other problems. I also asked to be tested for Celiac disease since finding out my Dad has it, but that test was negative, too. I research my symptoms about once a week now, but they always lead to the same results - most all of which I've been tested for... Anyone have Dr. House's number? :)
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