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Severe pain in side - doctors confused & given up

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 30, 2009
  • 06:41 AM

I have been having pain in my lower right side for over a year now and, slowly, it's gotten worse & worse. Now, I have it daily and sometimes wake up at night with it. It was so severe I went to the hospital, only to have the doctors pass me off. I've had tests for my galbladder and all have come back "normal". Blood work has been done, but all I was diagnosed with was hypothyroidism - nothing relating to my side pain. It's so severe that I lose my breath when it comes and tears well up, but I'm not running a fever, having nausea, or anything that relates to appendix problems.. yet that's where my pain is..

Another weird thing is that it occurs when I'm sitting or lying down. It instantly improves when I start walking at a brisk pace. Also, if I walk for a long time one day.. I won't have pain for 2-3 days afterwards. Now though.. there's some discoloration in that area.. yet it's not tender to the touch (only if you push really hard)! The doctors don't know what's wrong..and, once I told my doctor my conditions, she smiled and said "good! just walk whenever you have this pain!" ... but I can't go on like this FOREVER!! Can someone please help me?? I'm afraid of something bad happening..

Also, it does not worsen after meals - the pain stays always the same - at a level 10 pain on a scale. I do not sleep on my right side anymore either because it's too sensitive to lay on.. I just don't know what to do..

To sum it up, here are my symptoms:

* Pain in lower right side, severe and unbearable ~ occurs after sitting or laying down for a short period of time.
*Pain dimishes once speed walking. If I do a lot of walking one day, it won't return until 2-3 days later
*Some discoloration in the area, but not tender to the touch. Only hurts went alot of pressure is applied or when lying on my side at night.
*Pain has worsened after suffering symptoms for over a year.
*No fever or nausea occurs with pain.
*Doctors don't know what to do because my symptoms are not typical for either gallstones or appendicitis. They've decided to pass it off and recommend me to "walk" to deal with the pain. I've also been tested for kidney stones and that too came back as "normal".

:-) any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Have you had any MRIs or CTs looking for a problem in your back?I am experiencing almost the same symptoms- Docs now think there is an issue with my back (L4, L5 and S1)...Just an idea...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 4, 2009
    • 06:27 PM
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  • This sounds similar to a pain I was experiencing a couple years ago. It started suddenly while I was on vacation with my family. It was a dull, very painful ache on the left side of my abdomen. It felt like it was internal, not muscular or spine related, although I first described it to my wife as back pain because of how far back it seemed to be.Standing and walking around seemed to sooth the pain, sitting and bending over made it worse. Lying down did very little for it, and I had a hard time sleeping through it. Sitting in a car, and on the airplane ride back, was especially difficult.The pain lessened over the following weeks and months, and I rarely feel it now. When I do feel it now, it's so light that I can barely call it a pain. It seems to occur when I drink too much soda or eat junk food.Whatever it was, it seems to have healed it self, for the most part (that, or the nerves around it have died). It may have helped that I spent the years since trying to get in to better shape; I've done more regular cardio, weightlifting, and stretching which has improved my overall wellness.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 9, 2009
    • 05:13 PM
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  • I have been having pain in my lower right side for over a year now and, slowly, it's gotten worse & worse. Now, I have it daily and sometimes wake up at night with it. It was so severe I went to the hospital, only to have the doctors pass me off. I've had tests for my galbladder and all have come back "normal". Blood work has been done, but all I was diagnosed with was hypothyroidism - nothing relating to my side pain. It's so severe that I lose my breath when it comes and tears well up, but I'm not running a fever, having nausea, or anything that relates to appendix problems.. yet that's where my pain is.. Another weird thing is that it occurs when I'm sitting or lying down. It instantly improves when I start walking at a brisk pace. Also, if I walk for a long time one day.. I won't have pain for 2-3 days afterwards. Now though.. there's some discoloration in that area.. yet it's not tender to the touch (only if you push really hard)! The doctors don't know what's wrong..and, once I told my doctor my conditions, she smiled and said "good! just walk whenever you have this pain!" ... but I can't go on like this FOREVER!! Can someone please help me?? I'm afraid of something bad happening.. Also, it does not worsen after meals - the pain stays always the same - at a level 10 pain on a scale. I do not sleep on my right side anymore either because it's too sensitive to lay on.. I just don't know what to do..To sum it up, here are my symptoms:* Pain in lower right side, severe and unbearable ~ occurs after sitting or laying down for a short period of time.*Pain dimishes once speed walking. If I do a lot of walking one day, it won't return until 2-3 days later*Some discoloration in the area, but not tender to the touch. Only hurts went alot of pressure is applied or when lying on my side at night. *Pain has worsened after suffering symptoms for over a year.*No fever or nausea occurs with pain.*Doctors don't know what to do because my symptoms are not typical for either gallstones or appendicitis. They've decided to pass it off and recommend me to "walk" to deal with the pain. I've also been tested for kidney stones and that too came back as "normal".:-) any advice would be greatly appreciated.I am 30 and have had this since I was 11, and no one can figure anything out. I have had my gall bladder removed, I also had my right tube and ovary removed in an attempt to alleviate the pain but it still comes. Mine is like yours- right over my appendix but yet my appendix is fine. I haven't noticed my pain having anything to do with walking, but I will sure take notice now. It has nothing to do with my monthly cycles , either. It happens at all times. It is a stabbing pain and is unbearable, I have learned to accept I have to live with it and there's nothing anyone can do. The only clue for me is that during one attack I had an MRI that said I was constipated, although I had had a bowel movement that day, and it also showed an ileus on that side. This pain has never moved all these years, it has been in the same exact spot. I have no insurance now so I am at a dead end. I am seeing my family dr. today about something else and am going to talk to her about it. A friend also said her son had similar symptoms and was disgnosed with something called "strep throat of the pancreas", but I found nothing online about it.I know I probably didn't help you any, but maybe just knowing you are not alone helps!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 10, 2009
    • 04:48 PM
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  • Is the pain about 2 or 3 inches above the right hip at the side and slightly to the front, or is there a redish patch there ?If so, then a non professional diagnosis is, you are run down and you have an infection in your Appendix (forgive my, I have not got the time to correct the name, but if you check the location, you will know what I mean).There simple treatment will clear it up, also getting back to good health will also help.But some how I suspect you do not have the above.Hypothyroidism - that is an interesting illness. Because the Thyroid is linked in to many of the important glands in the body, hence it will affect the body in many ways.Hypothyroidism is sometimes a description, rather than a declared illness e.g. you can suffer hypoglycemia without being a diabetic.Also becasue of he inter reaction of the glands, it is possible to get a miss diagnosis, because one gland has pushed more than the other (but if something pushed it, well it would give such results), the good news is that the recovery process' are similar, so you can easily be treated for the wrong thing and still be cured.Be logical about all symptoms and remedies. DO NOT worry, for THREE reasons, 1) it is a waste of time, 2) intellegence gets far better results, 3 it will probably agrevate your health problems.Because Hypothyroidism has similarities to Adrenal Fatigue, have a quick look at the following web site, if you follow the recommendations, thet may help you remote some possibilities or make you understand you problems better.http://www.drlam.com/articles/adrenal_fatigue.aspAhh, I have just read your comment about Appendix problems, well if you look further for information on the subject, Appendix problems frequently do not always give standard signs, and some people go into hospital with a burst Appendix but were unaware of the problem and also the signs can be in the wrong place !BUT it is easy to be wrong !There is a proper procedure for diagnosis of Appendicitus, but if you have Appendicitus, with your condition, you might fail the test (if you tend to "heal quickly", then because your system is "constantly healing" but also the illness is undoing the good your system has done, then there is a balance, QED it does not get worse & it does not get better - e.g. if you keep breaking a scab on a would, it will not fully repair, but equally you are not seriously ill - I hope that makes sence).You commented about exercise making it better, if you have an imbalance of the Petuatory or Adrenal glands (and others), these can give a variety of symptoms, because they all affect each other (so one gland can over drive or under drive another gland, and hence give such symptoms - I hope that makes sence).The reason for comment about possible gland problems is that it seems that "exercise tends to make the glands work better", hence why you are better for a few days. But also you do not want to over work any gland as this could make it fail, and that would not be a good idea.I am not 100% happy with your Doctors comments, but equally over a few years they see 1000s of people with both serious and non serious problems, so sometimes all though they appear wrong, they are right for the wrong reasons (I hope that also makes sence).Also Doctors can become "punch drunk" because they see so many patients, but this does not mean that they are not going to do the right thing.BUT also Doctors should be trusted as they are professional with a great level of experience.So the above is contradictory, but hopefully by considering all the options, you can choose the best answer (remember logic is the best way to choose).Normally if it was an Appendix problem, it would be over a period of days not weeks to months.With out being rude, your pain level is problably an 8 or 9, which is MORE THAN you deserve, so this problem must get sorted out POST HASTE !From what you have written, if the pain went higher, you could still handle it, all though I would not want it to happen to happen to you.The reason I am saying about your pain level is to make you think logically, as worry will not get you to any good place, but logical thoughts have the best chance of an answerBelieve it or not, but it could be a hernia or even a pulled muscle. I do not think, but equally, it is als possible that you have a spinal problem e.g. slipped disc.You see there are so many possibilities, and the last thing you want is a wrong diagnosis.The comments by the others are valid, and that is why you need to think logically, there is physically a lot inside you, and "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing", but from experience, logic can sort out a lot of problems.Make a "tick list" of symptoms and possibilities and work logically through it.It will probably take you many days or even weeks to Is the pain about 2 or 3 inches above the right hip at the side and slightly to the front, or is there a redish patch there ?If so, then a non professional diagnosis is, you are run down and you have an infection in your Appendix (forgive my, I have not got the time to correct the name, but if you check the location, you will know what I mean).There simple treatment will clear it up, also getting back to good health will also help.But some how I suspect you do not have the above.Hypothyroidism - that is an interesting illness. Because the Thyroid is linked in to many of the important glands in the body, hence it will affect the body in many ways.Hypothyroidism is sometimes a description, rather than a declared illness e.g. you can suffer hypoglycemia without being a diabetic.Also becasue of he inter reaction of the glands, it is possible to get a miss diagnosis, because one gland has pushed more than the other (but if something pushed it, well it would give such results), the good news is that the recovery process' are similar, so you can easily be treated for the wrong thing and still be cured.Be logical about all symptoms and remedies. DO NOT worry, for THREE reasons, 1) it is a waste of time, 2) intellegence gets far better results, 3 it will probably agrevate your health problems.Because Hypothyroidism has similarities to Adrenal Fatigue, have a quick look at the following web site, if you follow the recommendations, thet may help you remote some possibilities or make you understand you problems better.http://www.drlam.com/articles/adrenal_fatigue.aspAhh, I have just read your comment about Appendix problems, well if you look further for information on the subject, Appendix problems frequently do not always give standard signs, and some people go into hospital with a burst Appendix but were unaware of the problem and also the signs can be in the wrong place !BUT it is easy to be wrong !There is a proper procedure for diagnosis of Appendicitus, but if you have Appendicitus, with your condition, you might fail the test (if you tend to "heal quickly", then because your system is "constantly healing" but also the illness is undoing the good your system has done, then there is a balance, QED it does not get worse & it does not get better - e.g. if you keep breaking a scab on a would, it will not fully repair, but equally you are not seriously ill - I hope that makes sence).You commented about exercise making it better, if you have an imbalance of the Petuatory or Adrenal glands (and others), these can give a variety of symptoms, because they all affect each other (so one gland can over drive or under drive another gland, and hence give such symptoms - I hope that makes sence).The reason for comment about possible gland problems is that it seems that "exercise tends to make the glands work better", hence why you are better for a few days. But also you do not want to over work any gland as this could make it fail, and that would not be a good idea.I am not 100% happy with your Doctors comments, but equally over a few years they see 1000s of people with both serious and non serious problems, so sometimes all though they appear wrong, they are right for the wrong reasons (I hope that also makes sence).Also Doctors can become "punch drunk" because they see so many patients, but this does not mean that they are not going to do the right thing.BUT also Doctors should be trusted as they are professional with a great level of experience.So the above is contradictory, but hopefully by considering all the options, you can choose the best answer (remember logic is the best way to choose).Normally if it was an Appendix problem, it would be over a period of days not weeks to months.With out being rude, your pain level is problably an 8 or 9, which is MORE THAN you deserve, so this problem must get sorted out POST HASTE !Read the next post I will submit in a moment.
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  • The second part of my post.From what you have written, if the pain went higher, you could still handle it, all though I would not want it to happen to happen to you.The reason I am saying about your pain level is to make you think logically, as worry will not get you to any good place, but logical thoughts have the best chance of an answerBelieve it or not, but it could be a hernia or even a pulled muscle.There are so many possibilities, and the last thing you want is a wrong diagnosis.The comments by the others are valid, and that is why you need to think logically, there is physically a lot inside you, and "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing", but from experience, logic can sort out a lot of problems.Make a "tick list" of symptoms and possibilities and work logically through it.It may take you many days or most probably weeks to come up with a satisfactory answer to your health problems.I am not 100% happy with your Doctors, but equally I will not say that they are wrong. You may have something that is not currently curable, but is also "non life threatening", but most probably you have a simple illness that "does not match the norm" and you may have to go out on a limb and say "on consideration of ... I need ....", that is why you need to be so logical about your thoughts.Wishing you a speedy diagnosis and recoveryTerry
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  • The first part of my post -Is the pain about 2 or 3 inches above the right hip at the side and slightly to the front, or is there a redish patch there ?If so, then a non professional diagnosis is, you are run down and you have an infection in your Appendix (forgive my, I have not got the time to correct the name, but if you check the location, you will know what I mean).The simple treatment will clear it up, also getting back to good health will also help.But some how I suspect you do not have the above.Hypothyroidism - that is an interesting illness. Because the Thyroid is linked in to many of the important glands in the body, hence it will affect the body in many ways.Hypothyroidism is sometimes a description, rather than a declared illness e.g. you can suffer hypoglycemia without being a diabetic.Also becasue of he inter reaction of the glands, it is possible to get a miss diagnosis, because one gland has pushed more than the other (but if something pushed it, well it would give such results), the good news is that the recovery process' are similar, so you can easily be treated for the wrong thing and still be cured.Be logical about all symptoms and remedies. DO NOT worry, for THREE reasons, 1) it is a waste of time, 2) intellegence gets far better results, 3 it will probably agrevate your health problems.Because Hypothyroidism has similarities to Adrenal Fatigue, have a quick look at the following web site, if you follow the recommendations, thet may help you remote some possibilities or make you understand you problems better.http://www.drlam.com/articles/adrenal_fatigue.aspAhh, I have just read your comment about Appendix problems, well if you look further for information on the subject, Appendix problems frequently do not always give standard signs, and some people go into hospital with a burst Appendix but were unaware of the problem and also the signs can be in the wrong place !BUT it is easy to be wrong !There is a proper procedure for diagnosis of Appendicitus, but if you have Appendicitus, with your condition, you might fail the test (if you tend to "heal quickly", then because your system is "constantly healing" but also the illness is undoing the good your system has done, then there is a balance, QED it does not get worse & it does not get better - e.g. if you keep breaking a scab on a would, it will not fully repair, but equally you are not seriously ill - I hope that makes sence).You commented about exercise making it better, if you have an imbalance of the Petuatory or Adrenal glands (and others), these can give a variety of symptoms, because they all affect each other (so one gland can over drive or under drive another gland, and hence give such symptoms - I hope that makes sence).The reason for comment about possible gland problems is that it seems that "exercise tends to make the glands work better", hence why you are better for a few days. But also you do not want to over work any gland as this could make it fail, and that would not be a good idea.I am not 100% happy with your Doctors comments, but equally over a few years they see 1000s of people with both serious and non serious problems, so sometimes all though they appear wrong, they are right for the wrong reasons (I hope that also makes sence).Also Doctors can become "punch drunk" because they see so many patients, but this does not mean that they are not going to do the right thing.BUT also Doctors should be trusted as they are professional with a great level of experience.So the above is contradictory, but hopefully by considering all the options, you can choose the best answer (remember logic is the best way to choose).Normally if it was an Appendix problem, it would be over a period of days not weeks to months.With out being rude, your pain level is problably an 8 or 9, which is MORE THAN you deserve, so this problem must get sorted out POST HASTE !From what you have written, if the pain went higher, you could still handle it, all though I would not want it to happen to happen to you.The reason I am saying about your pain level is to make you think logically, as worry will not get you to any good place, but logical thoughts have the best chance of an answerBelieve it or not, but it could be a hernia or even a pulled muscle. I do not think, but equally, it is als possible that you have a spinal problem e.g. slipped disc.You see there are so many possibilities, and the last thing you want is a wrong diagnosis.The comments by the others are valid, and that is why you need to think logically, there is physically a lot inside you, and "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing", but from experience, logic can sort out a lot of problems.Make a "tick list" of symptoms and possibilities and work logically through it.It will probably take you many days or even weeks to Is the pain about 2 or 3 inches above the right hip at the side and slightly to the front, or is there a redish patch there ?If so, then a non professional diagnosis is, you are run down and you have an infection in your Appendix (forgive my, I have not got the time to correct the name, but if you check the location, you will know what I mean).There simple treatment will clear it up, also getting back to good health will also help.But some how I suspect you do not have the above.Hypothyroidism - that is an interesting illness. Because the Thyroid is linked in to many of the important glands in the body, hence it will affect the body in many ways.Hypothyroidism is sometimes a description, rather than a declared illness e.g. you can suffer hypoglycemia without being a diabetic.Also becasue of he inter reaction of the glands, it is possible to get a miss diagnosis, because one gland has pushed more than the other (but if something pushed it, well it would give such results), the good news is that the recovery process' are similar, so you can easily be treated for the wrong thing and still be cured.Be logical about all symptoms and remedies. DO NOT worry, for THREE reasons, 1) it is a waste of time, 2) intellegence gets far better results, 3 it will probably agrevate your health problems.Because Hypothyroidism has similarities to Adrenal Fatigue, have a quick look at the following web site, if you follow the recommendations, thet may help you remote some possibilities or make you understand you problems better.http://www.drlam.com/articles/adrenal_fatigue.aspAhh, I have just read your comment about Appendix problems, well if you look further for information on the subject, Appendix problems frequently do not always give standard signs, and some people go into hospital with a burst Appendix but were unaware of the problem and also the signs can be in the wrong place !BUT it is easy to be wrong !There is a proper procedure for diagnosis of Appendicitus, but if you have Appendicitus, with your condition, you might fail the test (if you tend to "heal quickly", then because your system is "constantly healing" but also the illness is undoing the good your system has done, then there is a balance, QED it does not get worse & it does not get better - e.g. if you keep breaking a scab on a would, it will not fully repair, but equally you are not seriously ill - I hope that makes sence).You commented about exercise making it better, if you have an imbalance of the Petuatory or Adrenal glands (and others), these can give a variety of symptoms, because they all affect each other (so one gland can over drive or under drive another gland, and hence give such symptoms - I hope that makes sence).The reason for comment about possible gland problems is that it seems that "exercise tends to make the glands work better", hence why you are better for a few days. But also you do not want to over work any gland as this could make it fail, and that would not be a good idea.I am not 100% happy with your Doctors comments, but equally over a few years they see 1000s of people with both serious and non serious problems, so sometimes all though they appear wrong, they are right for the wrong reasons (I hope that also makes sence).Also Doctors can become "punch drunk" because they see so many patients, but this does not mean that they are not going to do the right thing.BUT also Doctors should be trusted as they are professional with a great level of experience.So the above is contradictory, but hopefully by considering all the options, you can choose the best answer (remember logic is the best way to choose).Normally if it was an Appendix problem, it would be over a period of days not weeks to months.With out being rude, your pain level is problably an 8 or 9, which is MORE THAN you deserve, so this problem must get sorted out POST HASTE !Now see post number 2
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  • I will say that first you will change your doctor and go to a chiropractor,The most important thing you must remember is, that you must have an upright posture while walking as well as sitting. You must never bend from the waist, but from the knees, even while lifting weight. You must also exercise under the supervision of a trainer or consult your chiropractor before you begin any exercise regime. One must try to change improper lifestyle or eating and sleeping habits to avoid pain in lower right side of the back.Get well soon.
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  • I will say that first ... go to a chiropractor,... must have an upright posture while walking as well as sitting. You must never bend from the waist, but from the knees, even while lifting weight. You must also exercise under the supervision of a trainer or consult your chiropractor before you begin any exercise regime. One must try to change improper lifestyle or eating and sleeping habits to avoid pain in lower right side of the back.Get well soon.A lot of good comments for anyone. A Chiropractor may help. Also "toning exercises".A trainer is not necessary, but the word "supervision" is very important, most people when they use intellegence can supervise themselves, but the one thing to remember is that "your judgment is imperfect" so if you can prove you are wrong you ensure you get it rightI do hope by now you have some answers to your problems.
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