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Left sided pain

Postby Coconut228 » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:31 pm

Hi all!

So I'm in a pickle really. I've been struggling with my health for a few years a doctor mentioned a couple of years back that she thought it was fibro and would refer me(she never did) life was busy I had a toddler then fell pregnant and now have a 3 year old and 7 month old.

The last few months I've just felt awful. So I've been back and forth to the doctor with-
- upper shoulder/rib pain(left side)
- reflux issues
- feeling run down
- hip pain
Anyway I decided to pay to see an osteopath who has really been helping my upper back but since seeing her I've had odd sensations but again mainly on the left side. I'll get a tingly leg and tight calf and the same in my arm and hand. My face will feel tight and sore and I get tension headaches again all mainly on the left. I do get some similar feelings in the right leg and my right hip will ache from time to time but nothing compared to the left.

So I went to see the doctor again last week told her my huge list of issues and she said I want to rule out thyroid, iron levels etc first but I think it could be fibro..(second time I've had this I think diagnosis) so I said to her but it mainly effects my left side I thought fibro was an all over condition. And she said not necessarily no.

my bloods came back fine and I see my doctor again on Friday. I've tried to do some research and I just can't find anything that says fibro can effect mainly one side of the body more.

I wonder if anyone can shed some light for me? If you've had similar? And when I go back on Friday how do I go forward in getting a diagnosis. Can a GP make this diagnosis or does if have to be a specialist?

Thank you in huge advance!
Sarah x
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Re: Left sided pain

Postby Poppit76 » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:50 pm

Hi sarah... I was diagnosed with fibro since January this year. My left side is clearly weaker than my right! Also got this tingly sensation in my left leg foot and buttock but have been told this is more likely to be chronic sciatica. Had an MRI last Friday and I'm hoping this tells me more. I do sympathise with you as the " not knowing" if it is or not fibro is extremely frustrating!! However once you do know it's just as hard as you seem to have an increase of symptoms once diagnosed and it all seems just to click.. Ie ibs ect ! Good luck Zoe xxx
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Re: Left sided pain

Postby migrembe » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:58 pm

I have Fibro and my left side is definitely weaker than my right, but before i was diagnosed with FM i also had/have left sided migraines and these maybe the cause of the left sided weakness. People mistakenly think that migraines are headaches but really they are extremely slow seizures, and the headache is the after effect - sleep. You may be having migraines. Look up Oliver Sacks.
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Re: Left sided pain

Postby keaedmondson » Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:25 pm

While I was awaiting diagnosis I would literally log every pain I had because I thought I needed proof because my GP didn't believe me. What I found was that although I get pain all over my body and in the four quadrants as you're supposed to, I more often than not right down left and right. I can't say whether that's the case now but it certainly was three years ago. Don't monitor it that closely anymore because I don't need to and because I feel that it makes it worse if I focus on writing it down.
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Re: Left sided pain

Postby keaedmondson » Mon Dec 08, 2014 11:26 pm

PS, over a two month period of logging I had 20 pages to take to the rheumatologist. Not sure how much she used it but she did look and maybe just the stack of paper alone said more than what was written on it
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Re: Left sided pain

Postby Autism-Mummy » Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:10 am

I know how you feel mine is mostly left side aswell.

In 2010 at 30 I had an Emergancy C section i was fine for about 3 weeks after then i started aching, getting numbness, Tingling and twitching in my face, pains in my hips, Lower back, Severe headaches and the list went on the neuro diagnosed me with fibro in 2012.

Fast forward to 2013 my joints started hurting i was getting unusual swelling aswell now i have been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis also have chronic siatica aswell.

Big hugs too you x
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Re: Left sided pain

Postby FluppyPuffy » Tue Dec 09, 2014 1:58 pm

For an FM dx, part of the criteria used says that pain must be present in all 4 bodily quadrants for a minimum of 3~6 months. However, this may not always be the case for everyone as FM does tend to make its own rules up and change them as it goes along. Plus for some, one side may feel weaker than the other, or they may find one side being affected more than the other.

Dx~wise, it did used to be a specialist that would say if it is FM or not, quite often a Rheumatologist as FM falls under their brief. However, there are more and more GPs making FM dx's themselves as they are able to send you for tests, scans, x~rays etc that they feel might be helpful in finding out what is the cause of your symptoms. If you have confidence in your GP, then you could could ask about a definite dx. If you feel that they seem somewhat unsure, or are reluctant to give a definite yay or nay, you can always ask for a referral to a suitable specialist to try and get those questions answered.
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Re: Left sided pain

Postby Patsb » Tue Dec 09, 2014 3:58 pm

My fm affects my left side and I'm left handed so have had to learn to use my right hand for most things. I suffer agonising cramps in my left foot chronic pain in my left knee and hip and frequently get sharp stabbing pains in my left hand side ribs.i also have tinnitus in my left ear.
It really gets me down at times. :cry:
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Re: Left sided pain

Postby Fibrad » Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:04 pm

I'm another one with pain that is mostly left-sided - I thought I was the only one! My most painful areas are lower back with pain radiating into left hip, buttock and groin and down into the thigh. I have been having acupuncture which has definitely improved things. :-D
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Re: Left sided pain

Postby dazzleship » Wed Dec 10, 2014 8:25 am

my left hip and shoulder have always been worse than the right side.

but in the last couple of weeks I've started getting a sore right shoulder too, and a terrible pain in the front of my right ankle when I bend my knee. oh and my right hip occasionally hurts now too.

so I was left sided but now I'm balancing myself out :mrgreen:
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Re: Left sided pain

Postby Theresa34 » Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:49 pm

I get my sciatica on my left side. It runds down from my hip to my thigh. I also get wrist pain in both wrists. I am right handed and find that in the mornings I cant use it straight away as its too sore and stiff. This morning was the first time I've felt shooting pains down myr right side. But it's usually the left.
I am a fibro fighter not a fibro sufferer. I will keep fighting from the minute I get up til the minute I go to bed.
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Re: Left sided pain

Postby Lucylastik » Sat Apr 18, 2015 3:30 pm

Hi, sorry you're still suffering despite your GP's reluctance to dx your FM.

I've also got left sided symptoms although I do get both as well, the left side is definitely more problematic.

Most days I can't use my left arm, raise it, pick things up etc. My fingers are stiff and I have chronic pain in my middle three fingers, although I am thinking that could be rheumatism. I am due to go see Rheumy in June '15 so we'll see.

My doctor has unofficially dx'd me as having Polymyalgia because of my various muscle groups which also cause pain, primarily the left bicep, left tricep, left glute (which is also connected with my sciatica) left knee is often immobile, and left calf muscle often wakes me up with cramping pain in the night.

My left clavicle (shoulder blade) and collarbone are extremely sensitive to pain and I can't wear normal bras now due to the left rib area being also sensitive to pain.

Those symptoms are most days.

Other times I get right wrist pain which spreads up my arm with swollen fingers and joints, knees, ankles. Not Lymphodema.

On my worse days the right arm/shoulder/collarbone mirrors the left and that's the whole day gone.

I get tinnitus most days but I would say that's stereo, not left sided. I would love advice on *that* little problem as it drives me crazy, along with the migraines, chronic fatigue, heart palpitations, weight gain (Hypothyroidism and PCOS) and depression. Yay.

So yes, left sided symptoms I would say are quite 'normal' for Fibro sufferers.

Hang in there and remember you are not alone. :)
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Re: Left sided pain

Postby bandj » Sat Apr 18, 2015 6:53 pm

Hi all,

my right side has always been the worst despite having bursitis in the left hip and having problems with my left wrist as I broke it at 13 and no-one realised until I was 16!

fm is a funny old thing but once you've got a definite diagnosis, at least you know what you're up against.

Hope you get sorted soon
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