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Right Side Pain

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  • Posted By: Aussielover
  • December 27, 2006
  • 10:10 PM

On Oct 19th I had severe pain in the right lower pelvic region. I went to the Er believing it was a kidney stone that had been stuck in the urethra. ( I have had 12 stones so I was pretty Sure). This was not the case. It is now Dec 26 and still no answers. The pain is worse and now moving to my hupper right side and down my leg. I have 3 doctors invovled and no one knows what is wrong. They are leading me to believe it is a swollen pelvic lymph node. I have a consult with a surgeon sched. for Jan 11th. I am just frustrated because my active life in now in almost a stand still. The pain is getting worse and the nausea is more often, headaches all the time and now mild fevers....... The pain radiates down my right leg and up my right side, keeping me awake for hours at night. I don't know wheter to head back to the er or just wait until Jan 11th?

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  • Hi AussieLover...I wanted to let you know that, unfortunately, you are not alone. I, too, have been going through the same thing as you...almost indentical; I have found no resolution and things are just getting worse. I have been in and out of the ER 10 times and hospitalized once for a week. I have been to a few GYN's and General Surgeons with no commitment to a diagnosis; all they want to do is tell me they have no idea and give me pain medication. I have one other symptom that you did not mention. I have swelling across my lower right region (quadrant) and groin (do you have this going on and just did not state in your post?). The speculation is that it is a femoral hernia. Femoral hernias, from what I understand, can be easily misdiagnosed and can go undetected. The only way to confirm is to have laparoscopic surgery to explore. I will keep you posted, as I hope you will keep me posted about you, and let you know what I have found.The only thing I can say is "hang in there"...I TRULY understand the excructiating pain that you are in.Take care....TiaraKate
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 04:12 AM
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  • Thanks for the reply. I spent a lot of time reading your logs yesterday. Sounds like we are in a similar situation. I have never ever resorted to blogs before but man there is nothing out there. I do not have the swelling though. Thanks so much for your info you are so not alone. I have an appt in Jan with a surgeon so hopefully that ends the madness... but by reading some of the stuff on here it sounds like it is not... I am so frustrated as it is affecting my daily life. I have gotten to a point where I just email my Doctor. Yesterday I had thought about going to the Er but for what??? a shot of morphine and some interns asking me if it is phsycological???????? I just sent this email to my GI doc to see what his response is: I will keep you posted."Hello again, Sorry to be such a nag, I just want to keep you posted on my situation. The last couple of days have been the worst ones yet. The pain is in the groin area but now it has returned to the right side again. It feels like a cntraction under my rib cage tha has peaked and not released. Ihave been unconsiously clenching my teeth which as caused and extreme headach. Nausea has returned. I have also had chills and a mild fever. I had thought about going to the ER but I really don't think they can help me with all the tests coming back negative."
    Aussielover 4 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 01:24 PM
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  • Hi AussieLover... I wanted to add a little more to see if you have researched on the internet these areas. One, femoral hernia and two, peritonitis. I have the same...the tightening, etc. and negative test results. I, also, wanted to mention that you do not have to have a bulge for it to be a hernia. Read up on the different types of hernias. Women, from what I read, have a higher possiblity of femoral hernias than men. This could be the result of childbirth (do you have any kids you birthed?), physical trauma, heavy lifting, coughing, etc. The femoral canal, from what I understand, lies just below the inguinal canal; meaning that the femoral canal is more closer to the crease in your leg where your upper thigh meets your lower pelvis. I would truly investigate further whether you may have a femoral hernia as you may not have outward symptoms and can only be diagnosed one way....laporoscopically (usually how a hernia is confirmed if all test results are negative). With your and my symptoms so incredibly identical, I will be ABSOLUTELY SURE to keep you updated to what the doctor's have found in new information about my condition. I, too, am supposed to be seeing another General Surgeon. I was wondering...do you sometimes feel a burning sensation on the upper outer ridge of your right hip and into your upper thigh..also into your groin area? Those are the most recent, additional symptoms, I have. If you do not mind me asking, where are you located? I live in Phoenix, AZ. Hang in there and keep pressing on for your answer. There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON we should be suffering in this kind of pain, for the length of time we have and no resolution to date. Take care of you......
    TiaraKate 2 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 07:19 PM
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  • Me, again!!!:D By the way, I forgot to mention a site I was in a while back. You may be interested in checking it out. It is the Pelvic Pain Society. The website address is www. pelvicpain.org. Take care..
    TiaraKate 2 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 07:21 PM
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  • Howdy, I have had the burning sensation but it is on the inner thigh and above my right hip. I am so glad I posted on the site. I actually live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Orignally my family and I are from Ontario, Canada. My husband is a researcher for diabetes here in Little Rock. He too is very baffled by our symptoms. I am thankful that I get free medical care. I have also started a daily pain journal to see if there are any patterns.
    Aussielover 4 Replies
    • December 28, 2006
    • 08:53 PM
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  • I also forgot to mention that I have had 2 kids, via c-section. They are now 7 and 5... In addition I have thryoid issues and take Levoxyl I am not sure if there is any link on that either. I also take a form of prozac. "Fluoxetine". take Care
    Aussielover 4 Replies
    • December 29, 2006
    • 00:06 AM
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  • You said it may by an enlarged lymph node in the inguinal area or lymphadenopathic etiology? Was this the Dr's guess? An inguinal lymph node that is "swollen" can press against nerve. Why not have ultrasound of that area?Also, fevers suggest two things:Infection: Viral or bacterialor Cancer secondary to decreased white blood cell countsNot saying you have cancer. I would say have that "enlarged lymph node investigated or removed if it is there. Live with the scar and see if its viral, bacterial or the other option.Epstein Barr virus (aka kissing disease) gives rise to lymphadenopathy, (causing fatigue, fever, heart arrythmias, joint pain, etc). The virus can virtually attack any organ of your body and do damage that may or may not be reversible. It is thought it also can give rise to lymphomas.IF you have an inguinal lymph node that is ENLARGED as you said the medical professionals have stated, have a surgeon remove it, send it to pathology.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 30, 2006
    • 04:38 PM
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