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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   Hello sir,
I am a 34 year old working person in XXX . I started some mild pain on left side of my torso below ribs when I stretched myself about 2 months back. I thought this to be a muscle pain. But in last 2-3 days this pain has increased when I sleep on my left side. While sitting or walking there is no pain. It is only when I apply some pressure to the area or stretch myself or sleep on left side do I feel the pain. I read somewhere that this could be related to left Kidney. Should I be worried?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   This is Dr.XXX
User :   hello sir
Doctor :   I am going thru ur query
User :   ok
Doctor :   I need some more inf.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical problems like high BP , diabetes?
User :   no but i do occassionally have high uric acid between 6.7 to 7.5
User :   I had a comrehensice test done in feb this year
Doctor :   Normal Uric acids levels in Male, 2.1 to 8.5 mg/d
Doctor :   OK
User :   the only other issue was high SGPT about 65
Doctor :   Any abnormal labs?
Doctor :   Any other abnormal labs?
User :   labs means?
Doctor :   laboratory tests
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have lower abdominal pain?
User :   no
Doctor :   Did you any time had any severy colic pain?
User :   its just below the ribs on left side on pressing or sleeping on left side
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have burning urination?
User :   no
Doctor :   DO you have cough?
Doctor :   or chest pain?
User :   not right now
Doctor :   Ok
User :   no but i feel slight angxiety and and some time perspire
User :   feels like palpitation
Doctor :   Alright, this is a musculo skelatal pain related to position when u sleep
User :   I have been burping more than normal since yesterday
Doctor :   OK
User :   ok nothing related to kidney etc
Doctor :   As per the pain it is a musculoskeletal in ur age profilee
Doctor :   8profile
Doctor :   No it is not related to kidney
User :   do you think it could be bacause i started yoga 2-3 months and did some injury?
Doctor :   Injury 2-3 mo back does not caise rib pain
User :   yes but it started then
Doctor :   To make sure, u have no rib fractures, get the Chest X rya done?
User :   i think
User :   ok
Doctor :   Chest Cay show s lung and rib abnormality.
User :   ok
Doctor :   You said you have palpitations, u can eeve get the ECG test done
Doctor :   *even
Doctor :   That will show if there any thing wrong with abnormal heart rhythm
User :   ok
User :   any precuations?
User :   or medications to help/
Doctor :   Chane the position of sleeping.
Doctor :   Sleep flat
User :   on the back?
Doctor :   yes
User :   ok
Doctor :   Use soft pilllow
User :   yes i do that
Doctor :   Use pillows one on left and one right so that u can put ur hands on the pillows.
User :   should I continue my excercises/yoga?
Doctor :   Sleeping on the left side is very common, i dont know why
Doctor :   Yes
User :   ok
Doctor :   Do not stop Yoga
Doctor :   Just make sure heart and lungs and ribs are OK
User :   sure
User :   ok, doc, thanks!
Doctor :   Do you have any other queries , Mr.XXX
User :   yes, there is one other thing
Doctor :   After the results , u can update us
Doctor :   u can read the results to us.
User :   due to high uric acid I do have pain in joints
Doctor :   No
User :   ok
Doctor :   Drink plenty of water during exercise
Doctor :   Kidney stones present differeltly.
User :   yes I do. one of the docs put me on Allupurinol
User :   i ws ok till I took them but the pain keep coming back when I leave the pills
Doctor :   Did they diagnose kideny stones
User :   not then
Doctor :   Is it one time iric acis level
Doctor :   or 24 hour uric acid levels
User :   well the test was done once and then after 15 days
Doctor :   No
User :   then again after 1 month
Doctor :   if u excrete more uric acid , one time test is enough
Doctor :   they usually do 24 urine uric acid levels
User :   this was serum uric acid test
Doctor :   That is almost in normal range
User :   ok
Doctor :   U dont need allopurinol
Doctor :   If u want go for 24 hr urine uric acid levels
User :   yes i am not using it now for last one year
User :   i am relying on yoga to improve my life
Doctor :   that is most acurate test whether u ned to on allopurinol
User :   ok
Doctor :   But for now. I don;t think that is kidney pain
User :   thax
User :   I will have an xray done and share results with you
User :   is it just called a chest x-ray/
Doctor :   Simply u r doing Yoga and exercise so h r getting musculoskeletal pain
Doctor :   yes
User :   ok
Doctor :   I Hope I answered ur queries
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   thanks sir
Doctor :   Take care
User :   bye
User :   thx
Doctor :   You have a wonderful day.
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