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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

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Kidney Stones (Definition)

Seriously- renal stones are the result of postive and negatively charged particles in urine binding together and precipitating as solids- most frequently as calcium- oxalate. This happens most often when the urine is concentrated- ie when you are dehydrated. And trying to pass these stones from the kidney to the bladder is incredibly painful. ...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 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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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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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? whats the problem?....

I keep geting kidney stones & kidney infections no matter what i do & even with medicines... why? whats 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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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

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


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