Hi! I have had dull pain in my left side/back for six months. During this time I have had two episodes of excruciating pain. The first lasted six days and the second almost two weeks. During these episodes I could barely walk and had spasms every few minutes. I lived on strong pain killers so don't remember a great deal other than the pain. I had an ultrasound of the kidney which was normal but the tech told me that if there was small stones they probably wouldn't show up. A ct scan was recommended but not done at the time because my doctor believes if the ultrasound is clear then no stones.
24 hour urine showed slightly increased creatinine of 17mmol/24hr ( ref range 6-14). Blood creatinine 93 umol/L ( ref 46-90 umol/L). Urine culture showed bacteria which I was given antibiotics for. Alkaline Phosphatase has been slightly increased since this began with levels of 132 U/L ( ref 42-98) and ESR of 20 ( ref < 12). My doctor ignores all these results and says they are fine and normal.
I finally convinced another doctor to send me for a CT scan. I had non contrast scan first followed by contrast. I was called back for more pictures because the doctor saw stones. I was relieved to finally have answers however the report came back saying NO stones and a phlebolith instead. The pictures certainly show something resembling stones.
I was wondering if anyone else has had similar experiences and if they have any advice on where to go from here. ? The X-ray clinic are very slack and don't have a good reputation. I personally have had three misdiagnosis's by them.
Although I don't want stones it was very disappointing to come away with yet again no diagnosis. I was wondering if it would be worth getting a second opinion of the scan or having it repeated elsewhere. Does anyone know if there is a possibility of stones being mistaken for phleboliths or vice versa?
Any advice or similar stories would be awesome. Hopefully someone has suffered similar and found a solution. Thanks for reading my novel too