I am a 20 year old woman who has been experiencing chronic pain on my left side (flank area) for 6 years.
The pain used to only be brought on by walking for longer than 20 minutes or so, but for the last year and a half it seemed to come on at random.
It feels like a sharp, deep, spasmic-like pain that I can only describe as feeling like I'm being stabbed, or having salt water poured on a wound. It is very distinct, and like no pain I've ever experienced in any other part of my body.
The pain is DEBILITATING. I cannot walk or do anything when it comes on, but lay down and wait for it to pass. The episodes usually last about 30 minutes. Sometimes I'll have episodes all day. Some days I wont have it at all.
Sometimes, the pain is so severe that I get nauseous and vomit. Other times I've had to have family rush me to the E.R.
I've had almost every test in the book, and been to several GPs and specialists.
So far, we've ruled out: kidney stones (I was mis-diagnosed as having kidney stones for the first 3 years of having the pain. I was perscribed LorTab and took it daily in order to go to school) and any type of digestive tract problem (I recently had a colonoscopy that revealed no abnormalities).
I've had a CAT scan, an MRI, pelvic and abdominal ultrasound, blood tests, urine tests - all have come up normal.
I've even been to a Chiropractor regularily. I've been tested for food allergies.
I am the perfect weight, eat a very healthy diet, and my doctor has told me that I am in great health - but this just makes it so much more frustrating and mysterious.
I am very frustrated as this pain is inhibiting my ability to work and sometimes go to school. I'm a college student and not being able to work or attend class sometimes is NOT ACCEPTABLE.
I used to be an avid equestrian, but I had to give that up due to the fact that I cannot keep up with all the consistant care and physical work horses require.
If anyone has or knowns someone who has experienced this type of pain - please respond!