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Pinched nerve? something worse? kidney infection feeling....

sam72ssam72 Posts: 2
edited 12/26/2015 - 4:45 AM in Lower Back Pain
I don't have a kidney infection BUT that is exactly the way my pain feels. I've had this on and off for a year and last night was the worst! I am at my wits end:( I'm here mainly because i don't know what to "call this", and for some advice. I get it suddenly and it happens ONLY on my left side. When this first happened, i thought i had a kidney infection and would get throbs of pain in my lower left side right behind my kidneys (which is why i thought it was that at first). This would go on for a day or 2 and i layed in bed with a heating pad, praying it would go away. It didn't until my DH rubbed the area and within 24 hours it was gone, pinched nerve?? I've had pinched nerves in other parts of my body but those were sharp and never went away, this is a dull ache that pulses off and on and the ONLY relief i get is once the area has been rubbed out. Back to yesterday...for a day before it got very bad, i had symptoms it was coming on so i rubbed the usual spot with tennis balls i keep around for when no one is home to help. It was ok and bearable but wasn't going away, it wasn't until later as i was feeling around that i realized i was rubbing the wrong area, it was lower than usual, almost at the top of my left buttox cheek. Sure enough as soon as he started rubbing it that screaming pain i have to endure sunk in, and i screamed alright!! In order for these situations to get better they HAVE to be rubbed out or there's no relief and the feeling of a kidney infection stays and gets worse. The pain when rubbed is like no other but i KNOW i have to bare it because it goes no where if i don't. I suppose it's like a muscular knot? He MUST press hard, my orders, in order for it to work itself out, i can usually handle 3-4 minutes of screaming into my pillow before i tell him no more. I am then left so exhausted, sometimes i get pins and needles as he's doing it in other parts of my body but that could be from the pain. The pain is so severe that i shake violently and then something is released into my body because i MUST sleep afterwards, literally as i'm moaning. We do apply ice/heat right away, and i take 400 mg ibuprofin (flexeril and others do nothing for pain, again this HAS to be rubbed out or else it will NOT go away). The throbbing is usually gone afterwards and i am left with what feels like severe bruising, but he HAS to press that hard, again because it won't go away if he doesn't. After 2-3 days i am back to normal. What can this be?! I know i get it from either over or under use, so i tend to be careful, but sometimes you just don't realize until it's too late. Right now the throb is gone (yahhhh!!!) but my back feels like it got into a horrible fight and lost:( I'm so sick and tired of this!!! I think because i don't know what "name" to give it so that i can get "proper" relief/treatment. It's not a backache or anything like that so it's difficult to get information about it because of my description. I HOPE someone out there reading this says i know exactly what you're going through and here's what you do...any help please! BTW i am 43, female.

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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,

Here are some questions that you should answer:

  • - When did this first start?
    - Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
    - What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
    - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
    - Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
    - Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
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  • sam72ssam72 Posts: 2
    edited 12/28/2015 - 4:31 AM
    looks like i'm abnormal and no one knows...thanks
  • Spiny_MaloneSSpiny_Malone Posts: 225
    edited 12/28/2015 - 1:49 PM
    I was born in 75.
    This forum can sometime have slower activity levels... Especially over holidays when spines tend to blow when things get overdone.
    Anyway...when you're writhing in that much pain, your spine won't be happy from that, and what you describe sounds like hell. Get the pros to look you over as a year is too long to wait! Let them name it. I've been on these forums rather alot and I've never read a situation similar. But welcome to the club of special people and I hope you find relief soon.
  • Sam72 my pain feels like what you have described, but after having a CT scan and then a even more detailed MRI my DR has determined that I have two herniated disc at the L4L5 and also L5S1 this is causing swelling and pushing against a nerve causing my pain. I have had two injections in the epidural area and two in my facet joint all between july and oct 2015, Have had some relief down to a pain level of 2 to 3 but the pain is coming back now and my next appointment isn't until Jan. 7th. I plan on discussing my next options then. Good luck with your problem, I highly suggest getting a MRI with a good trusting Dr.
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