Anyone have thoughts on what this pain might be?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Kat_in_Texas, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. Kat_in_Texas

    Kat_in_Texas New Member

    Hi everyone, I need your opinion on the latest pain I've developed!

    My FM pain has always been located in my shoulders, arms, elbows, and hands. Mainly my upper arms. I've had non-stop pain for more than a year in my upper arms. So anyway, I'm pretty used to it.

    On Saturday, I woke up with pain in my lower back on the left side. I cleaned house for a few hours on Saturday and the pain kept getting progressively worse. I chalked it up to the cleaning, of course. Saturday evening DH and I went to a movie and my lower back hurt so bad I had trouble getting in and out of the car. The pain was still there on Sunday, in spite of taking painkillers and wearing one of those thermal heat patches over the area. I stayed in bed most of the day yesterday due to the pain.

    Today I'm at work and the pain isn't quite as bad as yesterday but it still hurts like the dickens. It hurts to walk and especially to lift my left leg (like this morning when I put my slacks on). It's a burning sensation.

    As I said, the pain is in my lower back on the left side. Actually it's more like my hip (flank?) area, like where your kidney is.

    My question is ... do I write this off as typical FM pain and tough it out as usual, or should I call my doc about a possible kidney issue or infection of some sort? I don't have any other signs or symptoms of a kidney infection.

    I normally wouldn't hesitate to call the doc, but he has gotten on my last nerve and I've been refusing to see him about the FM because he's a jerk! :)

    Anyway, what would you do? Do you think this might be more than FM stuff?

  2. minimonkey

    minimonkey New Member

    I had a horrible kidney infection years ago that landed me in the ER. (I had been having urinary infections, but it doesn't always start with those symptoms.)

    Anyways, it started out feeling almost exactly like you are describing -- I though I had pulled a lower back muscle. It just kept getting worse! Please call your doctor.
  3. renae1979

    renae1979 New Member

    I always have pain on the right side, lower back and I've always wondered what might be causing it. It is usually right around my hip too (above my rear, but below my waist).

    Mine isn't really flank pain (because it is lower than what is normally considered flank pain), so I'm not sure if it is kidney related or not.
  4. Kat_in_Texas

    Kat_in_Texas New Member

    Mini, what signs of kidney problems did you have next? In other words, what prompted you to finally go to the ER?

    I'm in more pain than I was while I was at work ... now the pain seems to be more evenly distributed along my back, a few inches below my waist all the way across. And yes, when I move around it feels like I pulled a muscle, especially that annoying left side as I mentioned earlier today. The weird thing is that I'm not having ANY other kidney/bladder type of symptoms or concerns. I've had my fair share of bladder problems in the past so I know what to look for. But I don't have anything besides the pain.

    I'm going to give it some more time unless something else shows up. If it still hurts in the morning, I'll call the jerk. Uh, I mean the doc.

    Thanks for your replies!!

    [This Message was Edited on 01/23/2006]
  5. darude

    darude New Member

    If it's new and unusual you should go to the ER. Too many people have put all down to these dd's when it's not. Better to be safe than sorry. Off you go!

    Annie the Londoner
  6. tandy

    tandy New Member

    I read this just now (tuesday)
    and wondered if your feeling any better??

    I get this some pain alot with FM~
    I have Endo too so I'm not sure what problem its from.
    Sometimes I think its my ovary,... other times it does feel like its my kidney.??
    I get this about 3-4 times a yr.
    for the last 5 yrs.
    Never have gotten a straight (or good) answer from the drs.
    Thought I'd add,mine goes into my legs too.
    Makes walking harder. or should I say,the longer I walk around the worse the flank pain gets.
    walking definately aggravates it.
    Hope your better~
  7. Kat_in_Texas

    Kat_in_Texas New Member

    I am just now able to get online for the first time today. Thanks for all of the responses.

    I went to a doctor today, but not about the "pain/possible kidney" thing. I already had an appointment scheduled with a neurologist. It was my first visit to see him. He is (supposedly) a fibromyalgia specialist.

    I really liked him and got some great info, as well as a complete overhaul in meds. I'll also have an MRI and EMG in the next couple of weeks, and start "myotherapy" (from what the doctor said, that's physical therapy by people who are trained to work on FM patients??) ... so I'm very optimistic about the future with this doc.

    Anyway, he said the back pain (which by the way has now moved into my hips as well, ugh) is all part of the FM, not kidney related. I really didn't think it was kidney related because I was not experiencing any other symptoms of kidney infection, etc. He said that he could tell that I have some muscle issues in my hip/pelvis and lower back. He called it something but for the life of me I can't remember - darn fog! - but he kept notes of our entire conversation (which lasted almost an hour!) and gave them to me when I left. Smart man! He KNOWS about fibro fog!! Yippee!!! He said he could help with that too, but the main objective at this point is to control my pain. Amen brother!

    So the good news is ... no kidney issues. Still having pain but it's not worrying me as much now.

    Thanks again!

  8. Cromwell

    Cromwell New Member

    I was about to write and let you know the kidneys are higher up-good way to locate them is to bend your elbow and kidneys are about same level, tiny bit higher. Glad Neuro was nice. I get this pain too, and it can be scary.

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