I don't think this is the right place for me... but maybe someone can help or point me in the right direction....
have had chronic pain for the last 5 months. I am hoping someone will know what this pain is caused from & what I can do to try to fix.
It is on my left side, in my back, between the 9th & 11th rib. It is horrible pain & I have posted everywhere, since there were other symptoms that I had besides pain (but seemed to be from other causes). I have had many, many tests, without a positive diagnosis. I have had an abdominal MRI which showed increased signal in the subcutaneous tissues of that area, which I was told by my general surgeon that there seems to be swelling in that area. (I had to see a surgeon to have an EGD/colonoscopy because of blood in the stool & weight loss — which ended up being caused by colitis, we believe).
This pain spreads through me to the front rib area also & also radiates up my back beneath my left shoulder. It is a constant pain that is less in the morning & progressively gets worse through the day. Sometimes it feels like Ben Gay is rubbed all over that area. Touching or pressure on that spot makes it all worse. When it gets really bad, it feels like something is being stabbed right through me. The pain is horrible & I have been on vicodin for 4 months. I want to get rid of this pain & quit taking these pills.
My primary care physician doesn't know what the problem is. She said it's myofascial pain, but she doesn't have a specific diagnosis. She is now sending me to physical therapy (I hope it doesn't make it worse. I had SIJ problems years ago & PT made it all worse.). I will try anything though. I have already seen an osteo & have had multiple manipulations.
I did see a different surgeon for a consultation & he thought it was nerve pain, possibly from arthritis. (Kinda a weird area to get arthritis, I thought.)
I have had blood tests, urine tests, x-rays, IVP, CT scans, a bone scan, MRI, ultrasound, colonoscopy & EGD. The only things found besides the swelling were issues unrelated (colitis, mild chronic gastritis). They did find numerous ("too numerous to count") phleboliths, but those are just calcified veins & are nothing. This all started after having a pinched nerve in my shoulder, then a severe kidney infection. I was on Cipro for 3 weeks & then this pain started. They thought kidney stones, but nope. Then they thought spleen problems, but the ct showed otherwise. I also have ovarian cysts & nasal polyps. I also get headaches & neck/shoulder pain & palpitations. I was also diagnosed years & years ago with TMJ....
I am looking for any input on what to do & what this could be. What could cause inflammation/edema/swelling in that area? Has anyone had this type of pain in this area before? Am I in the right place? What is myofascial pain?????