flank pain while laying on side
24 yr old male ... ex- heavy drinker...and chewing tobacco user.
I was born with one kidney (right side)...and haven't had a whole lot of problems up until a few months ago (approximately 5 months) Whenever I lay down on my right side I have dull flank pain (almost like a cramping) the longer I lay the more severe the pain becomes. I also have to urinate frequently whenever I lay like this. (we're talking every 15 minutes). The pain goes away slowly if I sit up or roll over. I do frequently have to urinate (especially at night) one doctor I saw said this was due to a small bladder. There's no pain while urinating, nor is there any blood that I can tell, there is however a "medicine like smell" even though I don't take anything. On any given night I probably wake up to urinate about 5 times while asleep....but about 4 to 5 times just before I go to sleep. It's insane. I dont have any signs of fluid retention......nor is there any pain other than the instances I described (my flank is sore to the touch)
I haven't been to the doctors in a while...but whenever I do go all tests are negative (there is some scarring of my kidney....and it is a bit enlarged) I do suffer from apnea (no machine), and my blood pressure is a bit high. I'm not sure if I'm diabetic... but it wouldn't suprise me. The reason I'm asking if anyone has a clue about my problem is b/c I don't have any insurance......and I really don't wanna have to spend alot of money for tests I don't really need......again.
Also how long could I put this off before it becomes a real problem....any help would be greatly appreciated.