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I have left side mid/upper back pain and llq pain w/ difficulty urinating. My urine is cloudy/smelly. No fever do I have a kidney infection?

I have left side mid/upper back pain and  llq pain w/ difficulty urinating.  My urine is  cloudy/smelly.  No fever   do I have a kidney infection?

Cannot diagnose: See a doctor and get evaluated. This is not an internet issue. Face to face consultation following a detailed history, physical exam and some labs will be valuable. Hope you do not have this. ...Read more

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Urine (Definition)

Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more


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Difficulty & decrease urination. Lower abdominal & back pain on right side after urinating. What could be the cause?

Multiple: Could be bladder infection, but with back pain on right sounds more like kidney infection or kidney stone. See if there is blood in urine. Increase fluids, sx persist, seek medical attention ...Read more

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Can frequent lower back pain cause frequent urination? If so, why and what's the problem?

Can frequent lower back pain cause frequent urination? If so, why and what's the problem?

Rarely: Sometimes if there is a urinary tract infection or prostate infection, these can present with back pain and urinary frequency and should be ruled out. ...Read more

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I have problem with bladder , colon and low back pain. When colon is full i can not urinate, and have back pain. What is the cause of all this?

I have problem with bladder , colon and low back pain. When colon is full i can not urinate, and have back pain. What is the cause of all this?

Constipation: Relationship between the muscles and nerves that control back & bladder functions and those that control bowel movements can cause this. Bladder and the colon are close together in the body. Large amounts of stool in the colon can put pressure on the bladder which can cause the bladder to not fill as much as it should, or cause the bladder to contract when the bladder is not supposed to contract. ...Read more

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Can difficulty urinating be caused by opiates?

Can difficulty urinating be caused by opiates?

Yes: Opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone & morphine are associated with urinary retention, constipation & dry mouth, among other side effects. While one can attempt to prevent and deal with the latter two issues, preventing & treating urinary retention is trickier. Best to avoid other anticholinergic medications if at all possible. ...Read more

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What can cause difficulty urinating?

What can cause difficulty urinating?

Many possibilities.: Difficulty urinating can be grouped into disorders of the bladder's ability to expel urine or obstruction of the outflow tract. Bladder problems include muscular disorders, diverticuli, diabetes, & neurologic problems. The most common cause of obstruction in men is an enlarged prostate, but strictures and blockage by stones can occur. If you're having difficulty, i recommend you see a urologist. ...Read more

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I have difficulty urinating but only when I haven't eaten in a while. What could be the cause?

I have difficulty urinating but only when I haven't eaten in a while. What could be the cause?

Dehydration or infxn: This can be a sign that you aren't drinking enough liquids, particularly water thoughout the day. It could also be an underlying urine infection. Try drinking more water and if it still isn't better, see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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