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Saw doctor about flank pain yesterday, kidney stone highly unlikely.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 by  
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As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, I wanted to see my doctor about the increasing flank pain I’ve been experiencing. Thankfully I managed to get in on short notice, and I saw him yesterday morning.

I gave a urine sample and it came back perfectly normal–absolutely no indications of a kidney stone or any other abnormality. My doctor asked me a lot of questions about the pain I’ve been experiencing, and he poked and prodded all around my back and mid-section. He said that based on the type of pain I was experiencing, the location of the pain, the lack of any secondary symptoms and my clean urine sample a kidney stone was extremely unlikely. He strongly felt (“95% sure”) that the issue was muscular, and that the prudent course of action would be to run an anti-inflammatory for a few months so that the affected muscle(s) could have a chance to heal. He said I would not need to stop lifting or mountain biking during this time. He prescribed a NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) called “Mobic”, which is also known as “Meloxicam”.

I’ve taken Mobic before. Some of you may recall that back in June 2010 my doctor prescribed Mobic to treat a chronic wrist pain problem that I’d been dealing with for quite a long time. I remember being fearful that wrist surgery would be required to correct the problem, but as it turns out my doctor was spot-on with his treatment: the Mobic completely eliminated my wrist pain and, once I stopped taking it, the pain never returned. I remember being amazed by how effective Mobic was at eliminating the pain (like, 100% of it). Hopefully I’ll have the same experience this time around.

After reading horror stories about how painful passing kidney stones can be, I am relieved that it looks like I’m in the clear there. My doctor has been practicing for more than 30 years, and so I trust his experience here.

I’ll be picking up my prescription today, and I’m hopeful that the dull (and, recently, excruciating) pain I’ve been feeling in my right flank will be gone soon. If the NSAID does eliminate the pain, that would be a pretty strong indication that it is, in fact, muscular.

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