- CASE FILE
I have chronic back & joint pain,spasms,side pain,side swelling,extreme exhaustion all following nephrectomy for kidney cancer in Jan.2011
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I'm a 44 year old female. In December of 2010 I was diagnosed with Clear cell Kidney Cancer stage 1 grade 2 after going to the E.R. for right side and abdomen pain.I had a nephrectomy and they took my whole right kidney and no other treatment after that since cancer was contained.Four days after surgery I had a hard time breathing and my PCP sent me for a CT scan of my lungs and immediately felt strange when dye was injected I developed huge hives on my back,skin turned red on arms,eyes and lips swelled badly and had rapid heart beat, I had an allergic reaction to the dye and has steroids and epinephrine in E.R to calm allergic reaction.Since then I've had MRI's for my yearly cancer scans.11 months later I still had pain on my side and they tested my gallbladder function tests showed my gallbladder wasn't functioning properly so I had my gallbladder removed in Dec.2011.Since my surgeries I've had chronic back,side pain,side swelling and extreme exhaustion which of all continued to get worse.I have a bulging disc in my back along with digenerative disc disease and arthritis in my back.I'm told the bulging disc is slightly touching the nerve.I also over the years have developed microscopic blood in my urine with no explanation.I have chronic joint pain in my knees,hips,elbows,and shoulder.I have weakness in both legs and left leg falls asleep alot.At night when I finally fall asleep I wake up and have to change all my clothes from being soaked from sweat this happens at least once if not twice a night, daytime I feel like I'm either really hot or really cold.Blood test show my hormones are within normal range.I have a nodule on my thyroid but was told it was non cancerous from ultrasound tests.During the morning and daytime I have excessive sleepiness and started taking narcolepsy medication with little help.I have extreme spasms that happen in my back and front left side,back spasms are sharp and happen quickly my spasms on my front left side are different it has an intense squeezing feeling almost like an internal corset pushing everything up and this makes it very painful to move or even breathe and these spasms last longer.Other times I feel like I can't breathe deep enough.I have brain fog and some memory problems, sometimes I have headaches that last for days.I have some neck pain and stiffness in the muscles.I have had some blood work deficiencies in iron,vitamin D and potassium in which I'm prescribed medication ,I've also at one time had high blood calcium.Now iron and calcium are within normal range.I forgot what it feels like to not have pain, stiffness and extreme exhaustion. I would be forever grateful for some answers.