I just ran across this website moments ago, and registered as quickly as I could in hopes of somebody, or anybody to help with advise or suggestions.
My name is Deb, I am 47 yrs old. I have no health/dental insurance, so I try to help myself as much as possible.
This past Wendsday I went to dentist as I have a broken tooth (bottom/front canine) that became infected. I was X-rayed & told I had a severe infection. I was given Clindamycin 300mg as well as vicoden for pain. Upon exam @ the dentists office the pain wasn't too bad, so due to lack of money I opted for the dentist to only give me 6 vicoden tabs for pain. Left office and got scripts filled promptly and started on Clindamycin immediately. By later Wendsday evening the pain had intensified, and my mouth looked like I had a peach stuffed in there. Things only got worse, so I called back to my dentist Friday, only to discover they were closed.
My husband has "Secondary Multiple Sclerosis", so being stuck in pain, and the weekend upon me I took some of his medications. I've taken Vicodens before so I knew those were OK, problem was NOTHING seemed to be helping my pain. I was suffering terribly, so I tried something different. I began taking "Toradol" which is a non-narcotic & I hoped I could manage the pain with that. I was taking a Toradol, then 30-45 minutes later a 5.5 vicoden. For 2 1/2 days I did this, with the max of 3 Toradols per day as I had been told Toradol is hard on the kidneys. Yesterday afternoon I was still a basket case, & I couldn't believe the situation I was in. I switched from the Toradol to a pill called Tramadol. I stopped the vicoden and began taking Motrin 800.
I haven't ate, haven't been sleeping & simply have been miserable to say the least. Then, Friday night just after I went to sleep I woke with 2 dull excruciating pains on my left and right sides of my back. It wasn't any muscle pain, & I could only identify this pain as kidney pain. The pain on the L & R sides were in identical spots, just below the rib cage, not within muscle area. I was unable to sleep due to this pain. Yesterday, another God awful day with my tooth infection, but I knew it was beginning to get better. Still had to use some form of pain management though, so I stuck with Motrin & Tramadol again, also I took 1 vicoden. Went to sleep at midnight and woke at 4 am AGAIN with this same L & R kidney pain. Nothing helped to sleep. I tried curling into fetus positions, sleeping on L side, R side, etc. etc.
Today I realize I have probably put my kidneys through hell with the different medications I have taken in the past 4 days. I have researched kidney pain, but most articles talk of stones, infections & so forth. I am drinking water as I type. The pain isn't nearly as bad when I am awake, but God only knows I have got to get some SLEEP. My urine is as clear as water. I have had 1 1/2 cups of coffee today, and 3 glasses of water (Lrg glasses).
Once again, no health insurance so I am sorta stuck. My primary charges me a reduced rate of 76.00 and although I appreciate this very much, by the time I am through with blood work (God only knows what that'll cost), then prescriptions, it can all be too costly. Not to mention I MUST get this tooth fixed to prevent this from EVER happening again.
Any suggestions? The pain throughout the night was so bad that I had considered getting up and going to the E.R.
Lastly, I'm next to positive this is my kidneys. My husband & I got a new mattress just over a yr. ago so it's not my mattress nor muscle pain. Been there & done that, and sure of at least that.
Thank you SOOOO much for any help or suggestions anyone might have to give.
PS. I'm frightened. If it's suggested that I should make a E.R. visit, I will.