About 4 years ago I felt a stabbing pain in my kidneys like someone was sticking an ice pick in them. Several weeks later I got sick at work and went home. My symptons were like none I had experienced before. I felt like my system was crashing, like I was going to pass out. My heart rate was through the roof and my blood pressure was high although I don't have high blood pressure. My kidneys had a fluttering feeling and I was nauseated. I was scared and went to the emergency room at the naval hospital. They told me my blood pressure was dangerously high and gave me something to bring it down. They took a urine sample which showed nothing and took a blood sample and sent me home. The next day I got a phone call that e coli was found in my system and that I needed to get there right away and pick up a prescription for antibiotics. I started taking the antibiotics and felt fine until about 7 - 8 mos. later the same thing happened. I have done this every 6 - 9 months for the past 4 years but nothing has been found other than the first visit to the emergency room. I was also told by one of the emergency room doctors that my first diagnosis of e coli was incorrect because that would cause extremely low blood pressure, not high like mine was. I moved out of state last year and off and on have experienced bouts of high blood pressure and heart racing. My doctor referred me to cardiologist who did a stress test and ultra sound on my heart and both were fine. Renal kidney failure runs in my father's family so I've had tests run on my kidneys (ultra sound and 24 hour urine collection) which also came back fine except for a small kidney stone in my right kidney. I have had the same feeling for about a month off and on that my system is crashing (for lack of a better way to describe it – it almost feels like I can feel poison running through my system), my heart was racing so hard that I can hear the blood rushing in my ears. My kidney's hurt and they hurt worse when I walk. I am now experiencing lower right abdominal and side pain and vaginal wall pain. The last attack I had was the evening after I had my teeth cleaned – this was the first time I’ve had the “crashing feeling” since my move My doctor and I discussed the possibility of the bacteria from my mouth affecting my system since my gums bleed quite a bit during each dental visit. This would almost make sense since the time span of each attach is between 6 – 8 mos. which would fall around each time I went for a teeth cleaning. My doctor sent me for a blood check to see if I had bacteria in my system and the test came back negative. He also checked for a kidney or urinary tract infection and both of those were negative. I spoke with my dentist about this and he told me since I don’t have a heart condition, diabetes, kidney disease or any artificial limbs that it wouldn’t make sense for this to be happening. He insisted something was going undiagnosed and for the first time since I started having these attacks, the crashing feeling lasted almost 5 days which normally it would end after 1 or 2 days. I have also noticed the last day or two that the pain in my side and back goes away at night after laying down for a couple of hours and doesn’t return until I’ve been up for at least 30 minutes or longer.
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