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Extreme Pain In the Left Lower Back Just Under My Rib Cage. (Page 1)

This pain started a couple of days ago and has gotten to the point where I can't even drive a car without twitching and shifting in the drivers seat. I haven't noticed any blood in the urine.
I'm just petrified it could something other than a kidney stone.
Are there any other kidney disorders that come on so sudden?
Replies would be greatly appreciated.
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replied October 18th, 2004
My Daughter Has Same Condition..
Hello! My daughter has the same symptoms as you have...It is called the nutcracker syndrome. A vein is being pinched by another vein and artery and causing blood in her urine and sharp pain under her left rib cage. Google on it. You can even google the image of it. My daugher was diagnosed after a ct scan. As for the treatment...??? We are in limbo...Good luck.
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replied January 29th, 2012
Hello, my daughter also has lower left sided flank pain behind her kidney it comes on so severely it causes her to collapse she was diagnosed with Nutcracker Syndrome and had a stent put in 5 months ago but she is still in pain. Did your daughter get any treatment and if so what was it and did it help. Thank you Alison
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replied March 22nd, 2005
Nutcracker Syndrome
If there is anyone who has information about this disorder,or who may have this same disorder please let me know. My name jodi and I also have this rare disorder called the nutcracker syndrome. It is painful. The doctors' I have been seeing don't have alot of info. About this disorder. I also have another problem, I am currently pregnant, not very far along. The doctors say that if I try to carry this baby I could die. If they don't know much about this disorder how do they know I could die? So if anyone else has this disorder and has been pregnant, please tell me about your story or the situation.
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replied August 20th, 2011
I've been having kind the same problems. I keep having problems staying awake this is been hapen. my mouth is so dried , you can't even image. short of breathe any way my left side of my back just under rib cage. I'm sorry but i'm can't stay awake, I'm sorry
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replied March 22nd, 2005
Extremely eHealthy
Sorry I can't help here, but I do have some advice. Don't list your email address on this site! Tell people to pm you with info, but if you have your email here you will get spammed like you wont believe. If I were you I would edit it out. But, just a suggestion.
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replied March 22nd, 2005
Thank you!!!!
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replied March 22nd, 2005
Extremely eHealthy
Ur welcome!
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replied June 9th, 2005
Could Be More Than Nutcracker
I agree with the reply about nutcracker syndrome. But you actually asked, is there any other kidney diseases that come on suddenly?

Let me say this. Iga nephropathy for instance isnt sudden, but the patient feels that it is. Life has went along fine (no idea blood was in urine) and suddenly,,,,,,,,,the kidneys are inflammed..Etc....


Alport's , the patient might have some hearing/vision probs but are not linking it in their minds to whats happening in their backs, therefore, again it will feel as if it came on suddenly, when in fact your born with it.

There are alot of glom. Diseases and I dont feel comfy telling you it is nutcracker syndrome, you need to do a 24 hour urine to test for blood/protein/and some other levels.....It will tell all.

I also have the rib pain,,,,,,,,even wondered if it were cancer in my ribs....I was told iga nephropathy, now I know its alport's.

Please make certain of your diagnosis....Its your life honey and you have a right to know. 24 hr urine will rule out any kidney disease/

hope this helped and p.S. I know what that pain is like,,its dreadful!

Kimmyk
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replied February 7th, 2006
Hello With ?'s
I've had the same nagging pain , left side, under my ribs. Like between my last ribs and my hip. It's been going on for about 3 months now and i'm a little worried. My dad lost a kidney as a child so kidney issues scare me. My side is sensitive to the touch. No bleeding anywhere though.
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replied February 7th, 2006
Mine Turned Out to Be Multiple Scleroris!!!!
The biopsy did not reveal alports' but during biopsy they found I was retaining urine, so off to urologist I went, to find I had a neruogenic bladder (nerve dead), let me say that if you feel your not completely voiding you need to have this checked. The urologist is the one who suspected ms first. It will backwash into kidneys and therefore mimic a kidney disease.

You probably dont have ms, but I do.

Thought id let you know! Just in case!

Much love and hope,

kim
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replied June 12th, 2008
I feel your pain
I know exactly what you are talking about. When I was in 9th grade I started noticing blood in my urine. I went to a nephrologist and they did cat scans, biopsy's, blood work, etc. You name it I got tested for it. I was diagnosed with thin membrane disease. Years passed and I noticed more and more blood. It got to the point where I could barely walk up a flight of stairs. I was getting iron tranfusions every 6 weeks and blood transfusions every 2 weeks. My face was drained of all life. In college I began experiencing extreme pain in my left kidney and large blood clots that sent me to the emergency room. I began researching thin membrane disease and didnt have any of the symptoms I was having. I got a new doctor in Indianapolis and he agreed. I was referred to the Cleveland Clinic, where after 11 years they performed each test over. Everything was normal again except they could only see blood coming from my left kidney. They finally figured out I had Nutcracker Syndrome. It was a nightmare but now I am feeling great and healthy.
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replied January 29th, 2012
Did you receive any treatment for Nutcracker Syndrome or did it resolve itself my 14 yr old has it too and even the doctors in Great Ormond Street hospital have never heard of it and do not know how to treat other than inputting stents which have not worked. Thanks
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replied June 12th, 2008
Extremely eHealthy
Welcome and it's great to hear you fought to get answers and are feeling better..Smile
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replied May 12th, 2009
I have retroaortic left renal vein "nutcracker syndrome" that showed up on my MRI/CT. I have had pain in the left flank and buttock down my leg, swelling of the left leg, pain upon urinating, frequency, urgency, back pain, and a very cold stomach. The symptoms are aggravated when my back is aggravated. It showed up in my early forties, though my left kidny is enlarged so I suspect its onset was really in my late twenties, but just wasn't as bad as now. I hope theywill fix it surgically as I'm limited in walking and the pain is bad. I would like to talk to others who have this. It is extremely rare, but can develop as a consequence of other diseases. I suspect mine is a birth defect since I had repeated kidney infections and problems as a three and four year old. I am glad to hear that the original poster is doing better and I am here if anyone wants to converse.
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replied August 29th, 2009
I was diagnosed with a degenerated disc 4 yrs ago. i had low back pain, though not constant. It has been constant since i slipped on stairs & fell on tailbone 3 months ago. i can barely get out of bed in the morning. the pain is on my left side.. lower back, down my left leg. i have not been back to doctor due to no health coverage. could this be an organ problem?
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replied August 29th, 2009
You should go to the Emergency room. They have to see you. They need to check you out. Sometimes its a pinched nerve but it can get really bad and even be disfiguring. I hope you get some health insurance, but I would go anyway. You can end up incontinent or numb from this stuff, and you may have other damage or may even have a fracture. They have to provide some care and you need to follow up the way they say. You may have to pay some out of pocket, but that happens even if you have health insurance.
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replied November 18th, 2009
Nutcracker Syndrome
Hi,

I've had left side pain for 2 1/2 yrs now! In april I was admitted to the hospital because of blood in the urine and my CT scan came back as though I had the Nutcracker Syndrome. Well, a vascular surgeon saw me and told me I was fine, although my pressure gradient in that vein was at a 7! it's supposed to be 3 or below. So I went home, still hurting, VERY VERY FATIGUE, and finally got in to see a kidney specialist. My kidney had grown a bunch since my first CT scan a year ago. We did a 24hr urine and that came back great! She told me that she was certain I had the Nutcracker Syndrome and referred me to a surgeon. He saw me and within a week put a stent in. Which was good, because my pressure was then at a 14! I have to now get ultrasounds every 3 months to make sure the stent is in place, but if it doesnt work, it's surgery. Please don't give up if you are hurting! I saw so many Drs. and had so many different dx's, like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohns Disease, that I was Crazy!!
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replied December 22nd, 2009
16 and worried
I have lower back pain on the left side from the bottom of my ribs down to my hip. Although the pain is almost constant but it just gets REALLY bad at random times it seems. For about a week or two in every month the pain gets so bad i cant walk, sit up, or bend without crying because it hurts so bad. The Dr's thought it was mittelschmerz (google that to find out more) but I found out later that he based my symptoms on a different patient and that I do not have that disease. My new Dr. is looking at all kinds of different things now and doing random tests but I'm only 16 so he's very worried that something serious is going on. I'm scared that I'm going to be stuck with this pain and nobody will find a cure. But I'm going to keep my head up and keep demanding answers just like everyone who views this page should do! If I found out what's going on I'll post it here on this page.
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replied March 11th, 2010
Lower back pain
I have also a serious back ache, below my rib cage down to my waist, buttocks, thigh and sometimes my knee. I find it difficult to walk atimes and often limp now while walking. The pain is so bad that I cannot participate in tennis/football again. I am very worried now as my doctor hasn't been able to figure out anything as she sends me out for blood test which I am yet to get result. I will keep researching on what is cursing the pain but I must tell you, I am terrified and pray its not a kidney issue.
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replied October 10th, 2010
Hi
I have been experiencing a sudden, stabbing pain in my back on the left side between the bottom of my ribs and hip for around a year now, although intermittently. When I saw my GP a year ago he (wrongly) diagnosed a urine infection. 3 months later when the pain persisted, it was a muscle problem. Since then, it has almost disappeared, sometimes only causing pain once or twice every few months and always randomly. But over the last few days it's been worse than ever, and I can't sleep it's so painful. I don't want to be fobbed off by another doctor and I'm scared its a problem. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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replied November 20th, 2010
Lower left back pain kidney area
I am having pain in my left side lower back near my kidney area. It hurts to move. No blood in urine or anything like that. Wondering if anyone could tell me what could be wrong if anything. Kinda freaking me out I never feel this before
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replied November 20th, 2010
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I really feel you guys! I've had two kidney infections. I know they're extremely painful. Go to your local clinic, if it's closed and the pain is really bad, you can go to your local ER.

My doctors were very kind to me. They gave me some antibiotics, pain medication and nausea meds. after a week it cleared up.
asimpson010, your symptoms sound exactly like mine. I had to reply because I remember how scared I was the first time.

I got some tips. Cranberry juice helps flush bad bacteria out and drink plenty of water. Get lots of rest and a hot shower/bath to relieve the pain until you can get to a doctor.
Don't freak out, lean on your faith even! It helped give me some peace of mind since I reacted the same way. Hope I helped and feel free to message me as I'm online. Smile
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