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Can constipation cause this type of agony?

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  • Posted By: Jchurch
  • November 30, 2006
  • 08:41 AM

Pain has been steadily getting worse for 7 weeks now. Been to two doctors, two ERs and had two sets of x-rays, CT scan, MRI and numerous pills. No help. Doctors are drawing a blank. This started after a bout of constipation. I went to bed, and woke up with a pain in my left hip "area" that radiated to my left groin/abdomen and to the back, but not quite to the spine. I actually hurt to touch. I am slightly swollen but you can only see that from the hind view...something I did not notice until after all my doctor's appoitnments.

I woke up after three weeks with an acute onset of worsening pain. Only to have it get even worse about a week ago. I go see a gastro on Friday, but I can bet he will say "I don't see anything".

None of the tests have shown blockage of any type. Shingles have been ruled out because there has been no breakouts. All blood work appears to be normal except for a slightly elevated lipid count, which has not changed in the last few weeks. There was trace blood in my urine on my first PCP visit, but has been normal since.
I've been running an average fever of 99. I am not able to work. I am flat on my back all day and all night. The pain is a 10/10 when I am in any type of movement. I've been going to some of the TOP hospitals in the state of NC, and they just keep passing me off and thinking I am crazy.
I do suffer from chronic pain that remains nameless. My doctor believes my leg pain comes from arachnoiditis, but I have never been officially diagnosed with that. I have been able to control that pain pretty well with Lyrica for about 2.5-3 months now. I take low dose (5mg) of methadone, Prozac and something for headaches. I am NOW taking Percocet and Valium (I don't know the reasoning behind giving me this) for the new pain in my back/side/front.

Any ideas at all about what this could be. I don't have my gallbladder, and I've had a hysterectomy. I'm only 38 and yes, I'm obese...but how can I lose weight when I can't even move? Please help me!

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  • The pain you are describing sounds like it could be originating from your kidneys. This could explain blood in your urine also. You are taking a lot of (too much) medication and you really need to get all of this sorted out. It could be any of these or a combination of these that is the root of the trouble. Note that Percocet is a painkiller that contains paracetamol (acetaminophen) and you should make sure that whatever you are taking for headaches doesn't contain paracetamol also.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 1, 2006
    • 09:04 PM
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  • Here is a list of my medications and dosages: For depression:Prozac 40 mg (at night)For chronic leg pain Lyrica 50 mg (2 at night)Methadone 5 mg at night For prophylactic headache prevention:Zonegran 100 mg (one at night) For new onset pain: (which I am out of and NOT taking at this time).Roxicet 5/325 p.r.n. Valium 5 mg 1 TAB every 5 hours p.r.n. for pain I take the minimal dose of everything but Prozac and I have taken that for 20 years and will not change it. Everything else I am supposed to go up on 3-4x the dosage but have found the starting dosages to do the trick. I do not believe I am on too much medication, as do NONE of my doctors, not even the "doctor" I went to today. He said that "If I had a problem in my abdomen, I wouldn't be able to have any pain on palpation to the back". Whatever that means. :eek:
    Jchurch 2 Replies
    • December 2, 2006
    • 05:50 AM
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  • Have you been tested for Crohn's disease? Sounds like some of those symptoms. Not sure though.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 2, 2006
    • 06:00 AM
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  • No I haven't but I'll be doing some research about it. Thanks for the suggestion.
    Jchurch 2 Replies
    • December 4, 2006
    • 02:31 AM
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  • You should be tested for Celiac Disease. Over 3 Million Americans have this and only 97% are diagnosed. It is a simple blood test. Check out Celiac.com
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 12, 2006
    • 03:35 PM
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  • Do you still have constipation? Any diarrhea? Any pain with your bowel movements? Do you still have your ovaries? Did they do a full hysterectomy - if so, why?Could be a cyst causing this pain and they may have missed it - they should do a lower abdominal ultrasound.To check for drug interactions please go to www.drugs.com and type in all your meds. Do NOT expect doctors or pharmacists to tell you if a drug interferes with another - they simply don't take the time to find out. This website is a great resource.Try acupuncture - it is very helpful for pain, as well as treating gastrointestinal and gynecological issues. To find an acupuncturist near you, go to www.acupuncture.com and punch in your zip code.Good luck.Doctor of Oriental Medicine
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • December 12, 2006
    • 03:52 PM
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  • You should be tested for Celiac Disease. Over 3 Million Americans have this and only 97% are diagnosed. It is a simple blood test. Check out Celiac.com More like 3% are diagnosed ;) About 1 in 42 Celiac's patients are diagnosed properly.
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • December 12, 2006
    • 05:13 PM
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  • I find it really curious, I think you should take it easy with these drugs, they are dangerous in their own way and before you know it you can become addicted, I strongly think you should have a serious talk with your doctor about this... Are you sure it's about constipation?
    Gordman 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • I find it really curious, I think you should take it easy with these drugs, they are dangerous in their own way and before you know it you can become addicted, I strongly think you should have a serious talk with your doctor about this... Are you sure it's about constipation?Im just about positive his problem comes from constipation.. Im about 2-3 weeks constipated and am going throiugh some pretty serious hip pain just like he is describing... I am only 19 though... I can barely go to work either...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 11, 2009
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  • Im just about positive his problem comes from constipation.. Im about 2-3 weeks constipated and am going throiugh some pretty serious hip pain just like he is describing... I am only 19 though... I can barely go to work either...The Pain that has been described, I just got home a few hours ago, from the hospital w/my 18 yr old daughter. We have been trying to describe / her pain to over 20 doc's in the past 2 yrs since gallbladder removal.. It is Exact as to what has been described lower back pain, left abdomnal pain,abdomnal pain, constipation , nausea,and finally literally feeling like U r gonna Die!!! ultrasounds, x-rays, blood work ..test after test...What the ***l!!!!!!!!One test left MRI .. I hope and pray it will be the one to tell us hats going on....My daughter thinks shes going crazy.. But this pain is sooo real.. Please help if any one has any suggestions!!!!!!!!!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 3, 2010
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  • Increasing the quantity of fiber in your diet will also help. We all should eat more fruit and vegetables but if you are constipated you may want to avoid bananas in the short term. You should aim to have five or six small meals a day to get your system moving. Each of these meals should be made up mainly of fruit and vegetables with some quality protein and carbohydrates. White bread is notorious for causing bowel problems so remove it from your shopping list. Replace with whole meal and do the same with pasta and rice.Constipation Center
    constipationXY 6 Replies
    • November 12, 2010
    • 00:11 AM
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  • After seeing several specialists and having many expensive tests, my severe hip pain going down my left leg was resolved by taking an ounce of Milk of Magnesia every night. I have been doing this for over a year and have no problems as long as I take it every night. I tried eating a high fiber diet and lots of water which helped a little but the MOM is much more effective. My GI specialist suggested this.
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