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Ow, ow! Fuck! It hurts! Ow!

Is there a Doctor in the house?

So yesterday afternoon, my kidney started hurting. It started as just a dull throb in my back and on the left side of my abdomen. Last night it only got worse. A few hours after I noticed the pain, I started getting pangs and sitting down was uncomfortable. An hour or so after the pangs started, I began to get nauseous, and felt like I had vertigo. Standing up was extremely disorienting, and when I shut my eyes the world seemed to veer to the left. Alex kept urging me to consider going in and getting it checked out, especially after I said kidney, because he thought appendix ... and we all know how awful that could be.

However, I didn't want to go to the ER at 2 in the morning and I really didn't want to put up with my mother bitching about me being in the ER at 2 in the morning, so I drove home slowly. I even stopped and asked the state trooper that was sitting on the ramp, waiting for speeders and drunkards to follow me home and make sure I got there safely. He did, and urged me to call 911 if the pain worsened. By then I was waddling, because bending my legs hurt my core. I got home, undressed at a snail's pace, and went straight to bed.

Now, this morning I feel markedly better than last night, but it still hurts. I can bend, I can sit, and I can walk without appearing arthritic. As much as I doubt it's appendicitis, I'm still a little freaked out by the extremely unlikely possibility that the bugger ruptured in my sleep and I'm just waiting to drop down dead from toxification. Honestly, I think it is far more likely that I have a kidney stone, or something equally non-threatening. I turned to Geeves and asked, "My kidney hurts?" Kidney-Pain.com didn't really give me any enlightening news that I didn't already know.

The thing that gets me is this... My pain isn't so much in my back, as is "normal" for a kidney stone. Neither is it between my right hip bone and my belly button, where it would be if it were appendicitis. This pain is distinctly on my left, and distinctly in between the rib cage and the hip bone, almost in line with the belly button. The pangs shoot pain sometimes all the way to a few inches underneath my left arm, sometimes all the way across to my right hip bone. I feel pressure most of the time. Not always noticeable pain, but always pressure. I'm very concerned.

My father is a RN, and I can normally treat myself and be right about my assumptions. I'm a huge loser, and I used to read my dad's medical books. What? This has me stumped. I have pain killers, but I don't want to take them, or anything else for that matter. I'm too afraid that I won't feel it if something really bad happens. I'm just drinking a lot of water and trying to stay comfortable before I have to go to work... but I hurt, and I'm a little worried. Help me!

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Jul. 8th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
that is exactly where your spleen is.
Jul. 8th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
What does that mean? Can I get a spleen stone? Or Spleenicitis? I don't know anything about spleens except that my friend John ruptured his while sledding.
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Jul. 9th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
Oi. *flops*
Jul. 8th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
If you're in this much pain, go to the doctor! It's better you find out it's nothing than not go (for fear it'll end up being nothing) and it ends up being something really bad. Do you have an urgent care? I don't know if they're normally open on the weekends or not, but that's where I went when I was having pains in my chest - because I finally decided I HAD to make sure I wasn't about to die, but I thought the ER was just too serious a step. I'm always afraid to admit something is wrong because that means something could really be wrong, but it's better to know than not know.
Jul. 9th, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)
I don't have the resources to pay an urgent care copay. I mean, I could... but if I don't have to, I'm not going to.

I almost went last night, but I told myself to give it a day, and I'm going to talk to my father, and see what he thinks. I'm sure I'll survive to Monday when I can get into a clinic. If it becomes really urgent, I'll go. I'm just... really reluctant to spend more money than I can spare. Obviously, if it's a life or death situation, then I will.
Jul. 9th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Are urgent care clinic copays really any different from a normal clinic? I wouldn't think so, but I guess I don't know, since I don't have copays. At any rate, the urgent care clinic copay would certainly be less than an emergency room visit, which you might need if you just wait and see what happens. I would suggest seeing someone. Also, spleen pain could be a sign of mono, but I don't think you have that.
Jul. 9th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
Re: Doctor
Who dis?

For my insurance, Urgent care is like... 75 dollars, ER is 200. But our regular clinic visits are like... 10, and we only pay 10 for perscriptions. I know it sounds like a stupid plan, until you throw in that I am a asthmatic that needs medicine, and I have migraines that require constant perscription filling. Also, my father needs his anti-depressants and all of his meds for his psoriasis.

In short, we're drug addicts. Hah.
Jul. 9th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
Re: Doctor
sorry, that was me. I guess it logged out on me.
Jul. 9th, 2006 12:52 am (UTC)
Obviously, the decision is up to you (at least it is unless you pass out or something), and only you know how you're really feeling, but if I ever felt so bad that I had to ask a cop to follow me home just in case I couldn't make it, well, I wouldn't think twice about spending as much money as needed to make sure I was okay.

Whatever decision you make, I hope you feel better soon!
Jul. 9th, 2006 12:57 am (UTC)
Thanks, I really appreciate it. For realz.

Jul. 9th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
Sure thing. Just looking out for ya! It's no fun feeling badly and not knowing what's wrong.
Jul. 9th, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
oops! that was me!
Jul. 9th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
OI you! take care of yourself. we need/want a happy and healthy shelby.
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