View Full Version : Kidney pain and then some..please help
04-10-2004, 05:53 AM
I am not really sure what is going on and have yet to get answers from my doctor. I have had right sided kidney pain for some time now, at least two or more years. there are some days where I can urinate twenty times or more and then there are days I can go for ten to twelve hours and never go even though I have had plenty of fluids. When I had a gyno ultrasound three weeks ago, I kept telling them the pain was not where they kept putting the probe thing, the tech told me to put the probe where I felt the most pain and discomfort. When i did, she said I was right on top of my kidney!! She said she couldn't do a renal ultrasound because the Dr. didn't order it (even though she was right there on top of it). After I was allowed to urinate, she looked at my abdomen again and said the tube (?) that goes from the kidney to the bladder was quite enlarged but didn't know if that was caused by the fact that I had just urinated a few minutes prior. She didn't say urethral tube, she called it something else that I cannot remember at all. Also, dr.s office strip test for urine came back fine, they said no infection. The other problem I am having is not really what I would call pain but more of a discomfort in between my legs (if you know where i mean). It feels like pressure, like I have to urinate but nothing comes out, sort of a cross between vaginal/clitoral area. But definately a dull feeling to urinate. My abdomen is larger that it should be, again..some days worse than others.
I know this message is long and I am really sorry but I don't know where else to turn. Any help would be so appreciated. Thank you .
04-10-2004, 06:10 AM
Hi there... :hi:
I'm sorry to hear you are going through all this :grouphug:
That tube that goes from your kidney to your bladder is called the "ureter." If it is enlarged, it can indicate that it is partially blocked -- this can be caused by, for example, a kidney stone, inflammation of some sort, or a hereditary defect. In that case, you'd need to be treated, as urine may be backing up into your kidney, and that can cause pain and infection. Usually it's treatable, though -- good news!!
You need to talk to your doctor about this to find out what is wrong so you can begin treatment.
Good luck!!! :grouphug:
04-10-2004, 11:49 AM
Sorry to hear you are having flank/renal pain. If your ureter is enlarged, it may not be partially obstructed but you may indeed have urine traveling up your ureter and into your kidney. As Jen said this can definitely cause pain and infection. The medical term for this condition is called vesico-uretero reflux and it can cause hydronephrosis which is an enlarged area of the kidney pelvis where the ureter joins the kidney.
I know this very well as I suffer from it. I have EC, not IC but many of the same symptoms as ICers. I had one small ulcer at the bottom of my right ureter. When it healed it caused my ureter to pull up and back. As a result I have urine that travels back up into my kidney. I am one of the rare ones, but if my bladder is too full , if I need to irrigate it (I have bleeding ulcers that cause clot retention), or if I have bladder spasms, I can feel the urine shoot up my ureter and into my kidney. Most uros will tell you that you can't feel it, but I definitely can. My uro diagnosed the condition with a VCU. When I felt the pain in my kidney I was to raise my hand and an xray was taken. I had dye in my bladder and the xray showed the urine backflowing each time I said I felt it. My uro was astounded. You may be feeling the same thing.
To help prevent infection, drink plenty of water and void frequently. Any sign of infection -- fever, increased flank pain, burning, frequency, etc. let your MD know. You will need a urine c/s and will need to take antibiotics.
I hope this info is useful. Hope you are feeling better. Just remember to keep your bladder relatively empty -- this should help with the discomfort in your back.
04-10-2004, 03:17 PM
sending you hugs and prayers
I hope you feel better soon and the doctor gives you the answers you need.
04-10-2004, 03:26 PM
I am so sorry you are going through this.I hope your MD can help you. Do you have a follow up appointment. I would tell them your concerns and I would hope they can help you get some answers soon. Kidney pain can be very serious and your doctors can do several test to rule out kidney problems. I had the same kind of pains for the last year. If you want to talk to someone you can PM me anytime. Best wishes and I hope you can get some relief soon
04-14-2004, 01:24 AM
When I read this it made me think of what I went through a few years ago.. When they finally found I had a cyst, and at the same time my tubes were clogged and they did a retro, via the urethra..to clear them out.. It hurt in my kidneys then too. I was put to sleep.. But later I could "go" again..Evidently, the tubes got clogged and the cyst on the urakial ruptured when she tried to biopsy it (during surgery) A simple ultra sound, or scan should show this.. Or he/she can see if the bladder is emptying out enough right in the office. Have they done this simple thing yet?..
I wish you well, I know exactly how you feel, I'm having one of those, "can't go days"..but need to feeling. I also have to check again to see if I have another cyst, or a clog there again. My kidneys hurt and I had severe abdominal pain then at it's worse.. I hope they find it and you feel better soon. It was only a minor day surgery to fix, Keep pushing them for an answer, they owe you that much!!..Wishing you a pain free day very soon.:kiss:
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