Medical mystery solved - She’s furious at the doctors who failed to diagnose the ailment she endured for years
An X-ray did show a possible cause of Camp’s back pain: a bone spur had formed on her lower spine, near the filter.A CT scan showed, Several legs of the filter sticking out of the vena cava; one was touching the duodenum, the upper section of the small intestine, a situation that might account for Camp’s nausea. The bone spur seemed to have been caused by the constant friction on her vertebrae from a broken piece of the filter. The interventional radiologist advised that the broken filter might be the cause of Camp’s back and abdominal pain and should be removed in any case. The 20-minute outpatient procedure, performed under light sedation through a vein in Camp’s neck, was a success; her pain disappeared almost as soon as the filter was extracted.
After the first episode of back pain in 2006, Heidi Gribble Camp thought she might have overdone a workout. A doctor told her the problem might be caused by a cyst that was detected on her right ovary, or from scar tissue following surgery. Weeks later, the pain disappeared; in 2007, she gave birth to a son after an uneventful pregnancy. Doctors diagnosed a ruptured ectopic pregnancy in her right fallopian tube, which had burst. They removed the cyst, ovary and fallopian tube. But when the anesthesia wore off, Camp realized the pain was undiminished. A CT scan revealed two softball-size blood clots in her abdomen. Heparin alone wasn’t effective. A surgeon implanted a Gunther tulip filter.
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