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No diagnosis, back, side, hip pain!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 1, 2006
  • 02:34 AM

About a month ago, I noticed the symptoms of what I recognized as a possible UTI or kidney infection; flank pain, lower back pain, and an odor in my urine, especially in the morning. I went to the e.r. and gave urine and was diagnosed with a UTI, prescribed Cipro, sent home. That night, the pain increased and spread, it seemed, to my upper back and my ribs. The pain rotates so much it is hard for me to indicate where it hurts most of the time. 2 days later, return to the e.r., this time giving blood, getting a pelvic. Said my ovaries appear normal, blood count is normal, still signs of infection in my urine, go home and let antibiotic take effect. No such luck, long story short; I have had an ovarian ultrasound;normal, an abdominal CT Scan;normal, Thoracic, Lumbar&Hip Xrays;normal. The pain fluctuates, sometimes intense in my lower back and gets worse at night spreading into my hips. It does seem that it decreases in the daytime when I am more active, but Arthritis was ruled out? My upper back, especially on my right side, sometimes feels like it is burning. One night, my shoulders even ached, but the pain rotates seemingly in my ribs on each side, but no muscles seem tender to the touch? My dr. says no test indicate anything apparent is wrong and even prescribed my Cymbalta, an anti-anxiety/depressent! I no I am not crazy, the pain is there, sometimes even in my chest. Can anyone relate or provide education, please!

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  • rib, shoulder and chest pain, ask you md about costcondritis.http://www.geocities.com/lynndebeal/CostoPain.html
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 1, 2006
    • 07:02 AM
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  • Are you still on Cipro? This is a very strong antibiotic, and may cause side effects like you described...if you are no longer taking it it is very important that you take a good strong PROBIOTIC, which you can get at a healthfood store. Do you still have any UTI symptoms? These symptoms you described happened suddenly, which leads me to think it could be from the cipro and will take some time to move out of your system.
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • December 1, 2006
    • 03:12 PM
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  • Thank you for the responses, very interesting. I have been off of the Cipro for about five days now. The symptoms have subsided a little, but I still have nagging pains nagging in my lower lumbar on my sides, seemingly into my hips, and I am having dull pains in my left, lower side, and upper right back today? This has become emotionally draining, I have self-diagnosed myself from everthing under the sun; from lung cancer, leukemia, ovarion cancer...it is endless. But my dr. seems to think that nothing is wrong and I know that these symptoms are there. It is scary. I have taken every pain medication under the sun. If you have any for feedback, it would be greatly appreciated.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 1, 2006
    • 07:16 PM
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  • I started to experience slight pain in my lower left abdomen....thinking it was probably gas pain & I would feel better soon. The next morning the pain was worse, I went to the doctor. The doctor did a urine test which showed trace amount of blood. I was sent home with percocet & told to go to the E.R. if it got worse. A few days later the pain spread to my entire lower abdomen, with sharp pains shooting up to my stomach area, nausea, diarrhea. The pain then spread to my lower back.I spent the next six weeks in excruciating pain, repeated visits to several doctors, a trip to the E.R., two days in the Hospital. I had urine tests, chest & back x-rays, two CT Scans with Contrast, STD tests, Blood tests, Colonoscopy, all with normal results. All the Doctors I saw said they could find nothing wrong with me. My regular doctor refused to return my calls, her staff refused to obtain my records from the Hospital. I was humiliated and still in excruciating pain. I was so desperate for relief I agreed to have a friend take me to see a Chiropractor. I walked in, explained the situation and they saw me immediatly. They took X-rays and discovered my Coccyx ( tailbone ) was pointing straight out like a finger. Why had NO ONE else seen this????? After the first treatment of electro-stimulation, heat pad, spinal adjustment, I had sixty percent relief in my abdomen. Upon my second spinal adjustment, all the abdominal pain was gone. I continued to go to the Chiropractor 2-3 days a week for the next two months before all the pain in my back disappeared. I hope this helps someone with their mystery pain.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 4, 2006
    • 00:28 AM
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  • I have been experiencing similar symptoms. Two Sundays ago I started experiencing a burning, aching pain in my left flank. I thought it was nothing at first, but as the night went on it started getting worse. I went to the ER and gave them a urine, blood test and had a CT...everything came back normal so they sent me home with pain meds. and that was it. I woke up the next morning in even more pain and it had spread to my left ribs where I felt like I was being stabbed. I went home and went to another ER where they took my urine and within 5 minutes told me it was a kidney infection, gave me cirpo and sent me home. 5 days later I was in even more pain and went back to the ER where they did a whole other series of blood tests, urine, CT, and a gyno exam. They said that everything looked normal but diagnoised me with BV..bacterial vaganosus...put me on meds and pain killers and sent me home. I feel good most times throughout the day but at night the pain is in full swing. I don't know what the ***l is going on with me and noone else seems to know either. Any ideas?? I'm starting to freak out a little.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 21, 2006
    • 05:37 PM
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  • I too was experiencing back, side and hip pain...for 13years! They also had me on Cipro and Levaquin, thinking it was urethritis or prostititis. Nothing worked.Doctors were giving up on me left and right . Long story short, a doctor fresh out of school diagnosed me w/ AVN...Avascular necrosis, it means bone death.I too had xrays done earlier, but it was missed. Both my hips collapsed, we justreplaced the right side Nov.15. AVN is almost always overlooked, it's still in therare disease category. Good Luck
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 22, 2006
    • 07:16 AM
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  • Thank you for the responses, very interesting. I have been off of the Cipro for about five days now. The symptoms have subsided a little, but I still have nagging pains nagging in my lower lumbar on my sides, seemingly into my hips, and I am having dull pains in my left, lower side, and upper right back today? This has become emotionally draining, I have self-diagnosed myself from everthing under the sun; from lung cancer, leukemia, ovarion cancer...it is endless. But my dr. seems to think that nothing is wrong and I know that these symptoms are there. It is scary. I have taken every pain medication under the sun. If you have any for feedback, it would be greatly appreciated.HI - I sure hope by now you have found some relief. I have been experiencing many of the same symptoms as you after being on Cipro for a UTI. I have been to numerous physicians including specialists in OB/GYN, orthopedic, neurologic, physiatrist, accunpuncture and been on every drug known to mankind with no result. I've had MRI's of the hips, lumbar spine, sacral spine, CT's of the pelvis, ultrasounds and scopes with no result. Every type of dr I saw thought they knew and treated me for things I did not have. As a result, over a year later, I still have burning in my buttocks, rectum and severe hip pain bilaterally. I cannot sit for more than a few minutes at a time and the only relieft I get is by sitting on an ice pack. I have been to Shands Hospital in Gainesville and they are stumped as well. Like you, I had several dr's tell me to take Cymbalta . . . what a cop out. There seems to be some connection with it all starting with the UTI and Cipro . . . why can't they figure this out? Have you had any further diagnosis? I sure hope so . . .
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Anyone with hip or back pain (which isnt being caused by an UTI) i suggest to see a good chiropractor or physio. i had hip pain so bad that it got to the point where i couldnt put all my weight on one leg (so couldnt walk except limp). My issue turned out to be my back (unknown to me back problems can manifest in hip pain.. refered pain). A physiotherapist did some manipulation on my back and had me pain free again.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies Flag this Response
  • so i think i am in the same boat as most of you here....i am sufferring from extreme back side pain and it hurt to inhale deep. i woke up one morning with a seemingly UTI AND I TOOK CRANBERRY PILLS AND JUICE AND IT HELPED...now i have the pain! doctors in 2 weeks...because i do also have RA. crossing my fingers!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 14, 2010
    • 04:24 PM
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  • My cousin was suffering from extreme lower back pain. The therapist who examined him diagnosed nerve root irritation. Not so serious, but painful and distressing, you know.
    Bryan790 1 Replies
    • August 11, 2011
    • 09:54 AM
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