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Undetected pain

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BradfordLass72 Wed 06-Feb-19 20:20:47

Eight years ago I broke a rib on the left, just under my breast (this may or may not be relevant to the present problem). It healed but there's always been a dull ache, not even worthy of painkillers.

Last weekend this flared so much I couldn't sleep; the pain is much worse when I'm lying down. After 3 nights, I went to the doctor and within 30 mins was in hospital.

For the next week I had X-rays, heart scan and CT scan and nothing showed up.
The only good thing about that was all my organs are in good condition smile.
I was on morphine in the hospital, the pain was so bad.

Having been unable to find anything, they sent me home with Panadol which does virtually nothing to deaden the agony.
I know very few of you are medical experts but can you suggest anything?

I had thought it might be hiatus hernia but wouldn't that have shown up on the X-rays/scans?

M0nica Wed 06-Feb-19 20:32:39

Could it be a pinched nerve? DH had sudden pain like this in his shoulder, where he had had mild pain before and this is what it was. It only showed on an MRI scan. He was then given Gabapenten rather than Panadol.

No medical background, just based on similarities. Something must be causing it.

Tangerine Wed 06-Feb-19 20:40:43

I think you should go back to the Dr.

ffinnochio Wed 06-Feb-19 20:45:18

My reaction was that it might be pleurisy. Your symptoms sound very similar to how I felt. I was told it was viral, so no tests done and just given painkillers. It was later discovered that it was bacterial.
Breathing comfortably was very difficult.

Sounds really miserable for you and hope you find the source.

Gonegirl Wed 06-Feb-19 20:48:34

Could it be Costchondritis? www.nhs.uk/conditions/costochondritis/

Although I would have thought the hospital would have diagnosed that. I've had it several times and it is extremely painful.

BradfordLass72 Thu 07-Feb-19 03:30:34

Thank you, I'll bear all that in mind when I see my doctor on Wednesday.

Grammaretto Thu 07-Feb-19 07:59:13

I can't say what it is but when I had fairly bad pain in my right abdomen, the doctor gave me antibiotics which made no difference.
Like you I went to hospital to have xrays, ultrasound and scans. After several days in there , eureka! A blood test showed high levels of calcium the sign of a malfunctioning parathyroid gland. So back to the scanner, this time in my neck, .
I had surgery to remove the enlarged gland and calcium levels dropped to normal.
Better still the pain disappeared.
I think they told me the pain was a build up of calcium on the muscle but I don't think they really knew.
Hyperparathyroidism used to me known as stones, bones and moans and fairly common amongst women our age!!

Anja Thu 07-Feb-19 08:01:44

Yes, if you are still in pain go back. The squeaky gate gets oiled first.

BradfordLass72 Mon 11-Feb-19 08:19:11

Well, another rush to the hospital at 1am and another battery of tests for 5 days. Still no diagnosis but at least this time I have some heavy duty painkillers which I didn't have last time.
My grand-daughter suggests some mild stretching as she had a trapped nerve and freed it by doing that. Anything is worth a try.