Hi, I am a 34 yr old female. I have had kidney problems my whole life. Infection after infection and so on. When I was about 8 or 9 I was diagnosed with kidney reflux. This was found after a numerous amount of testing. Basically, my ureters are deformed in my kidneys. This makes it so that all the urine does not leave the kidneys. Then it sits there and causes infection. When I was 25 and pregnant (no Doc ever told me not to get preg!) I went into kidney failure!! There was so much pressure that the urine backed up until my right kidney almost exploded! I was in surgery at 22 weeks preg on X-Mas eve 1997, The Urologist ordered a nephrostomy placement. (A bag that goes in kid to drain and hangs on outside of body) The goof doing my surgery, missed my kidney the 1st try and punctured my lung! Then tried a 2cd time and deflated my kidney where I had urine going through my blood stream. AND I WAS PREGNANT, awake and only Demorall for pain. Both my daughter and I should of died. 2 nights in ICU and then a diffrent Dr. tried and got the tube in correctly. To make a very long involved story shorter. My daughter is going to be 9 on Jan 23rd.! To this day, I have kidney pain. Sometimes so excrutiating it takes my breath away! I have been told by like 10 different Dr's that there is no such thing as kidney pain. That nobody can "feel" pain in their organs!!!! BULL@#^* Kidney pain is real. Sometimes like an ice pick has been stuck in it. Also for the past 10 years I have had about 15 kidney stomes which are massivly painfull. Even when you are not passing one. Sometimes I get attacks when I believe the stones are moving around and I have wished to die at times. Spent years on Oxycontin, Fentynal and various other pain meds. In 2006 I had 3 kidney infections with each lasting more than a week. I sometimes have to catherize myself in order to relieve all urine possible. Doctors had mentioned taking out my kidney, cauterizing all nerves around it and then outting my kidney back in..I do not think so! The crappiest thing with this all is I cannot have anymore kids. But I thank God I have the 1 that I do. And now in my 34 th year of life, I also have 2 herniated discs in my back, 3 damaged nerves in my back and possibly pheochromocytoma (tumor on adrenal gland) which I am being checked for. I suffer 1 - 2 migraines a month. I am Bipolar and have OCD. Regular panic attacks too. The amount of medication I have in my house could seriously treat 10 people. I recently took myself down to my anti depressant, pain patch and roxicet for break through pain. I constantly feel like sh*t! No energy no desire BUT because I have my daughter, I get up everyday, get her to school, take a shower and cook dinner. When she is not around , I do my laying around. I continue to try and do the most and the best that I can do. Even though there have been times I just wanted to swallow a bunch of pills and end it all. But I could never do that to my little one. I look into her eyes and see that she needs me and loves me. And I cannot deny her my life. I hope my story can help anybody even the tiniest bit. Thanks for listening
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