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what to do if i have a bladder infection is it normal for my back to hurt?

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Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 30 years experience
It can, but call doc: Sometimes bladder infections cause back pain, but so can kidney stones, infections of the kidney and other things. I'd call your doctor especially if you have a fever.
Dr. James Krick
Urology 36 years experience
Kidney infection: Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) generally causes fever, chills and very significant flank pain. One generally feels "sick". Bladder infection (cystitis) rarely causes systemic symptoms. Discomfort in the pelvic area and irritative voiding symptoms are typical. Some may have sacral discomfort as well.

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Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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