Is it just back pain?

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  • #47959
    northwest
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    My pain in my right lower back started nearly 5 weeks ago. Normally when I get a UTI, the lower back pain is my symptom, I don’t get cystitis symptoms. The video GP prescribed antibiotics and when the back pain and front right pelvic pain didn’t go, she prescribed more. Urine sample that was sent away came back clear. I then got worse and went to the out of hours who suspected a kidney infection. More penicillin.The urine tested showed that there might be a small infection. As I have had ovarian dermoid cysts previously (last ones over 15years ago)Gp sent me for a pelvic/kidneys ultrasound (internal& external). all came back clear. Fast forward to today and my pain in the lower right back and right front pelvic area is as bad or if not worse. The last GP I spoke to over the phone, said it would just be simple back pain as i have had my appendix/gall bladder removed.
    I have another video call tomorrow as I am not prepared to just leave things. I am generally healthy, walk 20,000 steps a day
    What should I now be asking for??
    Thanks

    #47960
    Lc
    Participant

    Hi northwest, we cannot diagnose your symptoms as we are not GP’s and as I suffer SIJ problems (sacroiliac joint) which sounds like what your describing as all other tests have come back clear. which is pain to one side of lower back and can radiate around top of pelvis and from one side of lower back and straight through to front of pelvic area. also it can sometimes cause pain that effects putting weight on that side ie walking standing on one leg. it can also cause nerve irritation on the effected side. Anyway I hope you get a proper diagnosis soon as to what it actually is. let us know the outcome . take care and best wishes. Lee

    #47961
    northwest
    Participant

    What sort of pain is it you feel? Sharp, stabbing? Mine is a burning pain, sometimes a dull ache.
    It’s knowing what tests to ask the GP to do.
    I suppose my biggest fear is that it is something cancer related (why do you always think the worst?)

    #47962
    Lc
    Participant

    Hi northwest, SIJ is sharp, stabbing sometimes feels tingly, and as if your legs are about to give way from under you,sometimes it just feels like a bad burning ache, but mostly sharp, stabbing.and as described above in my last post.also can mimic a herniated disk.
    Your mind can run away from you,as minds are always on the go flipping from one thing to another,thats what minds do, especially if you dont have diagnosis of your ailments, but remember your thoughts are not facts. also it can sometimes seem forever when trying to diagnose unexplained pain. as they got to go through an elimination process,if your GP runs out of things it could be, you could ask to get referred to a pain clinic, which opens a lot of new doors, from diagnosis to management, and therapy meds and alternative therapy. Hope you find out what is causing your pain soon ,let us know how you get on, Take care and best wishes,Lee

    #47963
    Jan Sadler
    Keymaster

    In my case,and many others, a burning pain is caused by nerves being compressed in the lower back. You could tell your doctor you are worried it’s nerve pain and ask for an MRI scan. There are various other tests for nerve pain too.

    Here’s a download of a diagnosis checklist. You could print off and fill in before you see your doctor:
    https://painsupport.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/diagnosistipsandchecklist.pdf

    Also read this page for more information on getting the best out of medical consultations:

    Getting the Best Out of Medical Consultations

    Good luck and let us know how you get on.

    Jan at PainSupport

    Getting the Best Out of Medical Consultations

    #47964
    PaulT_99
    Participant

    My wife suffered from localised lower right back pain some years back.
    GP’s were useless, so in desperation i found a specialist back Chriropractic who was unfortunately some hours drive away. My wife had to lay down on the rear seat of the car.

    Within mins of being there he found a muscle was out of place which was also pulling her spine out of alignment.
    He did some magic with his hands and she literally walked out of there perfect. All pain and discomfort gone.

    So if you feel the pain is off to the side of the lower rear back, it could well be muscle related.

    #47965
    northwest
    Participant

    The chiropractor will be my next port of call.

    Yesterday I had, bloods, stool and urine sent away for analysis, just to rule out certain things

    Thanks

    #47995
    Gareth
    Participant

    Get it checked everyone, had lower and upper backache for years. tuned out that I had an eight centimetre tumor on my kidney and six years later found out I had four collapsed thoracic vertebrae.
    Stop being heroes.

    #47996
    northwest
    Participant

    All tests came back OK. Went to chiropractor and apparently my pelvis is misaligned. Having a treatment tomorrow, so hoping, she is right

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