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Doctor insights on: Difference In Kidney Stones And Kidney Infection

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How do you tell the difference between kidney stones and a kidney infection?

How do you tell the difference between kidney stones and a kidney infection?

Different pain: Stones trying to pass in the ureter produce an intense pain that hits in waves. Though they may cause nausea and vomiting, they usually do not produce fever. The urinalysis may show blood but not full-field bacteria. A kidney infection, which may be caused by an obstruction stone, is marked with fever, pain, and a urine that is full of white blood cells and bacteria. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Is there a noticeable difference of the pain you have between having kidney stones vs some other type of kidney infection or problem?

Is there a noticeable difference of the pain you have between having kidney stones vs some other type of kidney infection or problem?

As: Kidney stones attempt to pass through a narrow pass way, is quite painful. The infection will give you pain and usually presents with bad blood infection. (not to be confused with bladder infection). ...Read more

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What can cause moderate flank pain besides kidney stones and kidney infection?

What can cause moderate flank pain besides kidney stones and kidney infection?

Many things: There are other organs how long the flank the size of kidney including on the left side the spleen on both sides the colon, you have a liver there, the pancreas, and other things. These are things you should discuss with your physician ...Read more

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What is worse a kidney stone or a kidney infection?

What is worse a kidney stone or a kidney infection?

Comparative severity: Both are nobody's idea of fun. Kidney stones can result in secondary uti. Kidney infections often require long periods of antibiotic therapy and can potentially produce severe damage. Depending on the cause of stones they can represent disease elsewhere (i.e., hyperparathyroidism, etc.). Would not rate them since both are potentially severe. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms the same for kidney stones as they are for kidney infections?

Are the symptoms the same for kidney stones as they are for kidney infections?

Some: Kidney infections would present with fever, pain on urination. Kidney stones would present with significant pain, blood in the urine (visible or present on urinalysis). ...Read more

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Is diclofenac good for treating pain associated with a kidney stone and a kidney infection?

Is diclofenac good for treating pain associated with a kidney stone and a kidney infection?

Yes, may be: Well it is what is called NSAID and it could be a powerful medication for pain but it is used to take care more of a chronic pain vs the acute pain that is associated with kidney stone so it depend how dag the pain is
NSAID good medicine the long use of it could cause damages to the kidney and possible liver and as we get older it should not been used to our geriatric patient for the toxic effect ...Read more

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How long can it take for a big kidney stone to cause a kidney infection? A few days? A few weeks?

How long can it take for a big kidney stone to cause a kidney infection? A few days? A few weeks?

Depends on size: And location. You might have it for years and not get any infection. ...Read more

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I keep geting kidney stones & kidney infections no matter what I do & even with medicines... why? What's the problem? ....

I keep geting kidney stones & kidney infections no matter what I do & even with medicines... why? What's the problem? ....

Urinary stones: Very often the organisms will reside within the stones, which may be very difficult to eliminate entirely, and as soon as you are off meds they reinfect you. You may need to discuss with a urologist and and infectious diseases expert and work this difficult issue out. Bad problem and hope it gets resolved. ...Read more

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What food that causes kidney stone or kidney infection + weight lost & hair?

What food that causes kidney stone or kidney infection + weight lost & hair?

Stone: Although many foods contain oxalate, only nine foods are known to increase oxalate in the urine and promote kidney stone formation. They are: beets, spinach, rhubarb, strawberries, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran, and all dry beans (fresh, canned, or cooked), excluding lima and green beans. It is best to avoid these foods. Kidney infection is not promoted by food. ...Read more

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Right kidney hurts all the time, left sometimes. Does this sound like a kidney infection, or kidney stone?

Right kidney hurts all the time, left sometimes. Does this sound like a kidney infection, or kidney stone?

See below: By kidney hurting, I assume you mean flank pain. Yes, it could easily be either of those. Would get checked out, starting with a urinalysis. ...Read more

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I have blood coming from my urine. I did some research and it could be related to a kidney infection or a kidney stone. I did drink a lot of alcohol f?

I have blood coming from my urine. I did some research and it could be related to a kidney infection or a kidney stone. I did drink a lot of alcohol f?

See doctor: There is not sufficient information in your message to provide a meaningful opinion. It would be prudent to see a doctor and not blame it on alcohol, as you may need evaluation for the cause.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Can hydronephrosis and kidney infection caused by a kidney stone blockage of the ureter cause hypotension?

Can hydronephrosis and kidney infection caused by a kidney stone blockage of the ureter cause hypotension?

IF there is: Obstruction this is a high risk situation for development of infection. A serious infection could cause low blood pressure. The other possibility is low blood pressure related to pain medication for the stone. ...Read more

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I keep getting kidney infections no matter what I do or meds I take, keep getting blood clots, abnormal smears except 1. kidney stones. Y? preventable?

I keep getting kidney infections no matter what I do or meds I take, keep getting blood clots, abnormal smears except 1. kidney stones. Y? preventable?

See remark: Very complicated question, please be more specific. Do you have stone dis.? blood clots, abnormal smears??
Has any urologist seen you? Have you had cat scan or
investigation by looking inside your bladder?
Please be specific & contact us. You are young we need to take care of you ...Read more

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Should I go to e.R.? Kidney stone I have a kidney stone 2mm in size. I went to the e.R for pain about 2 months ago and they gave me a CT scan and then diagnosed me with kidney infection. I went to a follow up with my dr. And she said I had a kidney stone

A: A 2mm stone will generally pass without the need for intervention but it may also have grown in size over 2 months and now may not pass, or you could have developed new ones. You should see your doctor and get a repeat ct scan to reevaluate the size and location. If you can't get to your doctor, and you are in pain go to the emergency department. ...Read more

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Pain at the side and back pain all at the right side with feeling tired and frequent urinate, is it kidney infection or kidney stone!!

Pain at the side and back pain all at the right side with feeling tired and frequent urinate, is it kidney infection or kidney stone!!

Back/flank pain: Very possibly a urinary tract infection and/or kidney stone. You should get evaluated by your primary care doctor to determine what's going on & have the proper tests. If left untreated it could lead to sepsis (blood infection) and/or kidney failure. ...Read more

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I have bad microscopic hematuria for 3 years. It's getting worse & no UTI or kidney infection. If it's not kidney stones what could it be?

I have bad microscopic hematuria for 3 years. It's getting worse & no UTI or kidney infection. If it's not kidney stones what could it be?

Microhematuria: Asymptomatic micro hematuria is actually quite common. I'm not certain what might constitute "bad micro hematuria"? There is a specific office work up that any urologist can perform. ...Read more

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I have was just diagnosed with a UTI & kidney infection. I also had a CT scan which showed no Kidney stones. The urgent care Dr. I have been seeing the last 2 days is at a loss on why I am having the sever kidney pain. He assumes its due to me taking narc

UTI w/ pain: Kidney or bladder pain? Peri renal infection? Tried a relaxant - pyridium (phenazopyridine)? Is the bug sensitive to the antibiotic and no other signs of drug reaction? if all normal could be interstitial cystitis, or hyperalgesia to narcs (usually you chronic. Narcs use) f/u w/ urologist

http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/interstitial-cystitis/basics/tests-diagnosis/con-20022439 ...Read more

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How do I prevent kidney stones or kidney infection?

How do I prevent kidney stones or kidney infection?

Water, water, water: Drink plenty of water. Dehydration increases the risk of both kidney stones and kidney infections. Think of the water you drink as diluting the other substances in your urine, including the minerals that can cause kidney stones, as well as washing out your urinary system to flush bacteria out of you and into the toilet! In women, frequent urination, wiping front to back reduce infection risks. ...Read more

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Can a renal doppler show a kidney infection or kidney stones, etc?

Renal sonography: Can accurately identify calcium oxalate stones but not uric acid stones. As far as infection is concerned, ultrasound is not as accurate with pyelonephritis (kidney infection) but is usually not necessary as those symptoms and findings are pretty clear and don't require sonography. ...Read more

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I have kidney infection and kidney stones. Would it affect my menstrual cycle?

I have kidney infection and kidney stones. Would it affect my menstrual cycle?

Possibly: Stress is one of the possible causes of irregular or skipped periods. So any stressful event like kidney infection or stones could be a cause. ...Read more

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What are some causes for random sharp stabbing testicular pain? Ultrasound was clear. History of kidney stones and severe kidney infection.

Kidney stones: Often the pain from kidney stones can be referred to the testicles. In a person with a history of kidney stones and testicular pain, I would be concerned for recurrent stones. ...Read more

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How can I prevent a kidney infection when I have a kidney stone?

Nephrolithiasis: Get the stone seen by a urologist and have them make the decision of how to manage this. ...Read more

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What can cause right side flank pain but no ovaries or appendix. Don't have a kidney stone or kidney infection?

What can cause right side flank pain but no ovaries or appendix. Don't have a kidney stone or kidney infection?

Here are some. ..: Right flank pain warns you either something is irritating your local tissues or organs or some disorders in muscles, joints, or nerves along the course of spinal nerve to right flank region. To sort these things out is not that difficulty by systemically analyzing the onset, degree, duration, interval, evolution, & progress of the pain and its possible related Sx over time + conducting physicals. ...Read more

Kidney Stone (Definition)

Solutes precipitate and combine to form stones formed of calcium oxalate usually around a nidus of uric acid. Other solutes that form stones are ca and mg phosphates, cystine, and uric acid staghorn calculi form in the presence of chronic urinary tract infections. Stones can be painful, may require ...Read more


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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more