have had pain in my back on the right side for about 6 months now. they have done multiple ct scans of my kidneys and found nothing and still have not determined the cause of the pain. at this point i dont even care about the pain. The other issue ive been having for roughly the past 3 months is that my red blood count is low which as far as i know just simply means anemia. This isnt really a big issue with me even i dont feel sick because of it, the only probs i have with it is im bruising like crazy and so easy its insane, the only other side effect is I OCCASIONALLY feel dizzy but i mean thats like once every other day at most. Like i said at this point the pain and anemia dont bother me because of all the drama caused by the two very simple problems. what I DO care about is what my doctor claims to think now. given this entire time we have had testing to figure out the cause of this pain and anemia he has come up with nothing but serious possibly terminal causes for the pain... this seems very odd to me...isnt it possible that the back pain is just a muscular skeletal issue or something...I have tricare insurance since my husband is in the army so i can not just go to a chiropracter just because i feel like it at least not without paying a huge fee. I have to go through my doc and get a referal and he wont give me one because apparently that isnt a possibility and i am dying from back pain!! Putting all of the aside, my most recent KIDNEY ct scan (#4) apparently showed "suggested scarring on my lungs" im not even aware of how a kidney ct shows my lungs. I was then sent for a chest xray which came back completely normal. Well a normal chest xray was not definative enough for my doc cause i finally got a referal but it was for a pulmonary specialist in nashville because his latest theory for the pain is "Pulmonary Fibrosis"!!! I had a ct that SUGGESTED scaring which from what ive been told cts are very possible of false positives and i had a chest xray that says there is no scarring or anything abnormal for that matter!!! I wouldnt get so worked up or mad about the situation but my husbands unit has stayed up to date on my whole pain situation because his unit really is like a huge family and always there for each other.Well as soon as they heard "pulmonary fibrosis" they pulled my husband from the upcoming deployment in august because if i do have it, which im pretty convinced i dont, then they view it as he should be with me for "as much time i have left as possible"!!! normally any army wife would love the thought that her husband wasnt deploying but at the same time every wife also knows that being pulled from deployment is very bad for their soldiers career. I REFUSE to have my husbands career jeapordized over a doctor who is a hypochondriac. the only hope of them letting him back on the deployment roster is if the specialist gives me a clean bill of health and of course the soonest appointment i can get is the end of july which is too late for deployment change. ok so after my rambling which i apologize for i guess here is what im asking
1.what are possible realistic causes of pain on the right side of my back (aside from anything involving my kidneys)? 2. What are possible realistic causes of anemia? (oh and im taking iron already and it isnt helping) 3. Any suggested ways to help the back pain and/or the anemia aside from pain killers and iron? 4.Are doctors required to give referals or is there a process to get one from a superior or anything? 5. Is pulmonary fibrosis even possible with only being suggested on a ct and nothing at all on a xray? 6. If there is scarring on my lungs is it always a serious or terminal condition? 7. Is there any "tricks" for lack of a better term to getting into a specialist sooner so this HUGE MISDIAGNOSIS doesnt affect my husbands army career?
Again i am sorry for making this so long and drawn out. Also thank you so very much for any help you give.
First I am in no way qualified to even offer any advice but to say Xrays do not alway show things. CT scans and MRI's are much better. I also know first hand that you can get a test CT, MRI of one area and it can show something in another area even if not clearly. My husband was in the military and I found it impossible to get good medical care from time to time. Other times I had the best doctors one could ever ask for. Do not let up. You can request medical things from the surgeon general (think that is the correct person). Are you at a base that has specialists, if not I would be getting in touch with the surgeon general and being assertive in asking for his/her help.
I had doctors telling me my back pain was all in my head. Fianlly got a doctor to listen to me. Told him it was in my low back but I was dying of headaches so he started sending me downtown (out of the area) for MRI's beginning with my brain, then they did my neck and fianlayy my low back. Had a really bad herniated disk, didn't even know how I was walking. They gave me an immediate referral to a local orthopedic and my military doc (love him) even spoke to the surgeon. But they actually sent me to a psychiatrist before I came across this military doc and I am glad they did as the doctor (psychiatrist) found I had a low thyroid and a severly low B12 level).
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