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Kidney Infarction

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 10, 2007
  • 03:04 PM

I woke up around 5:00a.m one morning with a sharp stabbing pain in my side and by noon I couldn't stand up straight. After numerous tests, the doctors announced that I had suffered from a kidney infarction.

Ever since the first incident (which was 10 months ago) I have had pain in my lower right abdomen just above the pelvis. I will occasionally get pain in my back closer to the kidney where the infarction occurred but it’s always in the lower abdomen. The multitude of doctors can not explain why the pain exists.

The only explanation that I have received is that the nerves in that area of the body are "dumb" and not always accurate in their locations.

Has anybody else out there had a kidney infarction? If so, have anybody else experienced ongoing, near daily, pain? Any information would be greatly appreciated

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  • Can I ask you a question??? Do you still have your appendix? I had the same thing happen to me years ago when my appendix inflamed. However, the majority of the pain was in my lower back. I was in the Air Force at the time and the military ER doctors were perplexed and couldn't figure out what the problem was. I had all symptoms of appendicitis except for the location of the pain. They chalked it up to an infection and sent me home to follow up with my primary doc the next day. I did that. Being a female, my primary doc decided to do a pelvic exam to check for any "female" problems. While doing the internal exam, everytime he got near my right side the pain was so excruciating that he couldn't touch it. So he sent me back to the military hospital ER with a referral for possible appendicitis. They checked me again, said that they didn't think it was appendicitis but they would go in and remove it anyway to see if it alleviated my symptoms. Lo and behold, my appendix wasn't where it was supposed to be... After searching for it, they found an abnormally large appendix (about the size of a thumb, supposed to be the size of a pinky), inflamed, ready to rupture, wrapped around the base of my spine. Needless to say, they had to cut it into 3 sections to remove it without damaging my spine. Spent 5 days in the hospital to make sure no infection followed.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 5, 2008
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  • I do still have my appendix and as a strange coincidence I am currently in the Air Force and my doctors here are perplexed. When my symptoms first began the doctors initially said that it was appendicitis and sent me to the ER to get it removed. The first CT scan they did on my lower abdomen showed a "low density area" in my kidney. They believed that was the cause of my pain and said my appendix was fine. Where were you stationed, if you don't mind my asking?
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    • January 6, 2008
    • 06:23 PM
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  • I woke up around 5:00a.m one morning with a sharp stabbing pain in my side and by noon I couldn't stand up straight. After numerous tests, the doctors announced that I had suffered from a kidney infarction. Ever since the first incident (which was 10 months ago) I have had pain in my lower right abdomen just above the pelvis. I will occasionally get pain in my back closer to the kidney where the infarction occurred but it’s always in the lower abdomen. The multitude of doctors can not explain why the pain exists.The only explanation that I have received is that the nerves in that area of the body are "dumb" and not always accurate in their locations. Has anybody else out there had a kidney infarction? If so, have anybody else experienced ongoing, near daily, pain? Any information would be greatly appreciated~I have been having this same issue since June, '09. The Dr's still can't find where my blood clots are coming from. They quit trying to locate the issue. My nephrologist gave up & is no longer seeing me. I'm tired of hurting. What do you do to ease your pain?Some tell me the infarcted kidney should be removed & others say not. What have you been told? Naomi
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    • October 17, 2009
    • 01:20 PM
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  • ~I have been having this same issue since June, '09. The Dr's still can't find where my blood clots are coming from. They quit trying to locate the issue. My nephrologist gave up & is no longer seeing me. I'm tired of hurting. What do you do to ease your pain?Some tell me the infarcted kidney should be removed & others say not. What have you been told? NaomiI woke up one night with the most pain in my side, back, hip and leg. Landed in hospital they said i had an infection in my kidney, treated with antibiotics. Couldn'nt even liedown to sleep the pain was so bad. No after the treatment feeling good. But know they diagnosed me with polisystic kidneys. I suggest u try citro soda and lots of water to clear the kidneys and their is a herbal tea too called Buchu which they say is wonderful for kidneys. maybe u have stones in yr kidneys or they are just malfunctioning. Stay away from nsaid's like ibuprufen, very bad for the kidney's
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  • At 0200 on Monday, June 14th, and again at 0200 on Tuesday, June 15th, I awoke with strong to severe pain in my lower abdomen and mid-back. The first night I went to a local ER; they suspected kidney stones ... gave me IV morphine until I seemed OK, gave me pain pills and sent me home. The second night the pain was more intense. I went to the same small-town ER; they repeated the same treatment and wanted to keep me for observation.I transferred to a larger hospital where a nephrologist and a urologist quickly diagnosed kidney infarction in the left kidney after running a few scans (of whatever kind). They did a weeks' worth of tests and still have no idea where the emboli came from or whether the incident is likely to repeat.My right kidney is atrophied from unknown causes, probably from childhood. The ureters are messed-up looking and contribute to reflux of urine back into the kidney. There doesn't appear to be a connection to the left-kidney infarction.I lost about 60% of my kidney function permanently, but still have enough left to avoid dialysis. I was sent home on high blood pressure medication and some pain pills for occasional use. There are really no answers, and really no sense of whether the problem will repeat itself. I've been to a cardiologist and I'm scheduled to see a hematologist in a couple weeks. The cardio guy said my heart looks good. I suspect the blood/cancer doc will say the same thing.I'm not mad at anybody, but tens of thousands of dollars later I remain a statistic. I'm lucky, of course, because the emboli could have been more numerous and kept showering until they entirely whacked my only good kidney. All of this assumes that was what really did the damage anyway, right?My only other health issue is gout. I'm 43, a former US Marine, and otherwise in good physical condition with no other disease or health difficulties of any kind.Did you ever learn more?David Andersonbest-defense@att.net
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  • ~I have been having this same issue since June, '09. The Dr's still can't find where my blood clots are coming from. They quit trying to locate the issue. My nephrologist gave up & is no longer seeing me. I'm tired of hurting. What do you do to ease your pain?Some tell me the infarcted kidney should be removed & others say not. What have you been told? NaomiI had pretty much the same thing happen to me. They do not know where the blood clot came from and they do not know if any more will occur. My Nephrologist basically gold me that the kidney was damaged and that it would not heal itself but that it was always better to leave it in as the majority is still functioning properly.I have a veritable pharmacy annex in my medicine cabinet. I have 2 different types of muscle relaxers, codine, hydrocodone, and valium.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 23, 2010
    • 11:03 PM
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