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Are they missing something?

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  • Posted By: jenninedinburgh
  • September 9, 2008
  • 08:28 AM

Hi there,

I am new to the forum and have found it through numerous Google searches on my symptoms. Approximately 2 months ago, I was hospitalised for a week with a kidney infection. I went to the ER with a 40 degree fever and was immediately admitted. On the first day of admission, I was told that I had pylonephritis. A few hours later, I had a very intense eruption of pain in my abdominal area. The pain was so bad, I was screaming at the nurses for someone to please help me. I woke up with the emergency team around me as I stopped breathing. The pain is difficult to describe, but it felt like a huge bubble was bursting in my stomach area right under my chest. The doctor told me that the explosion of pain was renal colic. I later saw a surgeon who said it wasn't so. Anyway, I was finally discharged a week later with continued antibiotics after having an endoscopy which found nothing abnormal. They also did a scan and found that I have only one kidney - I had never had any problems with any UTI or kidney related issues ever, so it was quite a shock to find this out.

I have been to my GP to follow up and STILL am not well. He put me on Cipro for a couple of weeks and then Trimethroprin for 3 weeks. It's now 2 months later and I still have the following symptoms: fatigue, ongoing chest pain, leg pain, back pain when I sit for any length of time (like when I returned to work and had to sit all day as normal), nausea at times, lack of appetite, pain in my left shoulder, pain in my neck and some pain in my joints at times. Last week, I went back to my GP with the symptoms above after going on a trip to France and having to return early b/c of feeling unwell. He ran blood and urine tests and all were clear! Could something else be wrong? Or could they miss something in the blood and urine tests? What really worries me is the chest pain. I told my GP that I had it after leaving the hospital and he indicated that it's just stress from being unwell and that I am worrying too much. I really don't believe this as my chest hurts when i touch it on the outside as well as the inside. In addition, the pain gets worse when I exert myself (like when I started back to the gym after weeks of being unwell).

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance.


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