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Side pain = pain / discomfort of the torso ...Read more


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How long does it take for the flank pain from a kidney infection go away? Only have 2 days of amoxicillin left and it's not as bad but still hurts

How long does it take for the flank pain from a kidney infection go away? Only have 2 days of amoxicillin left and it's not as bad but still hurts

Varies: I would drink more fluids in the meantime to help flush out your kidneys. Stagnant water the enemy. Your kidney likes to have liquid to filter. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take an untreated UTI to turn into a kidney infection? Can you have a kidney infection w/o fever, but with ab/flank pain?

How long does it usually take an untreated UTI to turn into a kidney infection? Can you have a kidney infection w/o fever, but with ab/flank pain?

Kidney infection: Generally a Kidney infection is accompanied by a FEVER and some flank pain. Not all UTIs, even untreated will progress to a Kidney infection. There really is not a particular timeline. ...Read more

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Been on cipro (ciprofloxacin) recpen last day of amoxil for kidney infection still have flank pain and cloudy urine if infection still there should I be admitted?

Been on cipro (ciprofloxacin) recpen last day of amoxil for kidney infection still have flank pain and cloudy urine if infection still there should I be admitted?

Probably: Best thing is to reach out and call your doctor. If you go to an er who does your urine test, blood test and temperature, they can also call your doctor after that. If you still have a white count, fever, and dirty urine, they will admit you. ...Read more

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I woke up last night with diarrhea, nausea, flank pain, fever, I have not been feeling well, is this a kidney infection? I am on flagyl, ER or not?

I woke up last night with diarrhea, nausea, flank pain, fever, I have not been feeling well, is this a kidney infection? I am on flagyl, ER or not?

Acute infection: If you cannot find a doctor who will see you then it would be prudent to go to the er. You don't say why you are taking Metronidazole (flagyl), but that is not likely to be effective if you actually have an upper uti. Hope you are better quickly. ...Read more

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What is a common symptom of pyelonephritis besides flank pain?

What is a common symptom of pyelonephritis besides flank pain?

Fever. ..: Fever, chills, painful urination and shakes are common with fever > 100 degrees. Flank pain by itself is not diagnostic. See your caregiver and have your urine checked. ...Read more

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Went 2 ER for severe flank pain & fever. High WBC &high neutrophils. U.S shows right pyelonephritis of upper pole but urine negative for bacteria, how?

Went 2 ER for severe flank pain & fever. High WBC &high neutrophils. U.S shows right pyelonephritis of upper pole but urine negative for bacteria, how?

Obstructed?: Obstruction of the upper part of the ureter or within the kidney could do this. E.g. from a kidney stone or papillary necrosis. That is, the infected area is not draining, and so no bacteria or white blood cells in the urine. If so, it's quite serious. It is common not to see bacteria on urinalysis but they are found in culture. Keep working closely with your doctors. ...Read more

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Months of left side/flank pain & 2 neg cts. Then sudden blood in urine/clots, & bladder spasms. Diangosis pyelonephritis. Can this explain pain for months?

Partially: Very possible that a low grade infection caused the initial symptoms, then became full blown pyelonephritis, which requires initial IV antibiotics and long term treatment (at lest 3-4 weeks). Then need urologic evaluation to look for anatomic abnormalities for stones, masses, etc. That may be contributing. ...Read more

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27yr old female with pyelonephritis, symptomatic low blood pressure, r flank pain and intermittent l chest pain, on antibiotics; what can I do?

See below: Hopefully you had a urine culture done and are on an antibiotic to which the causative bacteria is susceptible. Treatment should last 10-14 days depending on the antibiotic chosen. It is a good idea to have a renal ultrasound done to be sure you do not have any kidney stones or obstruction. Fever and flank pain may take 3-4 days to resolve after start of effective antibiotic rx. ...Read more

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Friday Went to an urgent care w/ right side and flank pain. Diagnosised w/ pyelonephritis. Ct scan done and no stones present, got cipro-still in pain?

Friday Went to an urgent care w/ right side and flank pain. Diagnosised w/ pyelonephritis. Ct scan done and no stones present, got cipro-still in pain?

Few days feel better: Signs and symptoms of a kidney infection begin to clear up within a few days of treatment. Continue antibiotics for a week or longer. If pain and symptoms persist may be complication such as abscess. Severe pyelonephritis can require IV antibiotics and hospitalization. ...Read more

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Rbc and WBC casts in urine. Right flank pain. No fever. Pyelonephritis diagnosis but dr told me he wasn't sure that maybe something more going on. Ideas?

Rbc and WBC casts in urine. Right flank pain. No fever. Pyelonephritis diagnosis but dr told me he wasn't sure that maybe something more going on. Ideas?

This is serious: A nephrologist or pathologist needs to look at the urine to confirm the presence of red cell casts. If they are indeed present, you have glomerulonephritis of some sort. Since you state that you have systemic lupus, this is the obvious first consideration, and the presumptive (and likely) diagnosis is lupus glomerulonephritis. A nephrology referral is in order now. ...Read more

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Does pyridium (phenazopyridine) prevent a urine dipstick for leukocytes from showing? Can a woman with flank pain and urinary burning on pyridium (phenazopyridine) have a pyelonephriti

Does pyridium (phenazopyridine) prevent a urine dipstick for leukocytes from showing? Can a woman with flank pain and urinary burning on pyridium (phenazopyridine) have a pyelonephriti

Yes and yes: Pyridium (phenazopyridine) dyes the urine orange & that color can interfere with the dipstick test for leukocytes. But the gold-standards for diagnosing UTI's is looking for leukocytes under the microscope (for immediate dx) & culture. Pyridium (phenazopyridine) does not interfere with those. Pyridium (phenazopyridine) only reduces symptoms & doesn't treat the infection. You might have pyelonephritis, which can be serious. Seek medical attention ASAP! ...Read more

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Is it possible to have acute pyelonephritis with a negative CT scan, urinalysis pos for infection, flank pain, nausea/vomiting, fever?

I believe so: I am not a radiologist, but as a pathologist I can assure you that I've seen cases of pyelonephritis that i'd think are are too subtle anatomically to show on x-rays. White cell casts in the urine establish the diagnosis, and if there's white cells in the urine and flank pain and fever, the presumptive diagnosis is kidney infection, imaging or no. ...Read more

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Constant flank pain on left side. Hurts to sit and lean on back. Possibilities other than kidney infection?

L loin pain: Brooke T ~ kidney stones, UTI, ectopic pregnancy, kidney tumors (angiomyolipomata), intra renal stones, obstruction of the kidney hydronephrosis, abscess formation, pregnancy, other renal tumors, renal infarction, blunt and penetrating trauma, severe ptosis of kidney, extra renal compression, retro-peritoneal fibrosis, pancreatitis bowel obstruction ~ see a doctor...!
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I've been having low back and flank pain on my right side and my creatinine level is 16.9. Is this kidney infection?

I've been having low back and flank pain on my right side and my creatinine level is 16.9. Is this kidney infection?

Unlikely: The creatinine level indicates significant kidney disease that would have to affect both kidneys (did you mean bun/cr ratio?). Infection usually affects only one or the other. If there is already underlying kidney problems, then infection could worsen things. Difficult to provide more insight without more information. ...Read more

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How quickley can a UTI turn to a kidney infection? Have UTI and on antibiotics but starting to have some flank pain.

How quickley can a UTI turn to a kidney infection? Have UTI and on antibiotics but starting to have some flank pain.

Uti: A UTI can worsen into pyelonephritis at any point. Pain isn't the only symptom for this. Usually also fever/chills. See your doctor to make sure you are on the right antibiotics. (doing a urine culture)they can order an ultrasound or ct scan if suspect pyelonephritis. ...Read more

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What would cause a diabetic to have 5 kidney infections in a year. Constant flank pain. Tests come back normal except for infection. Is this normal?

What would cause a diabetic to have 5 kidney infections in a year. Constant flank pain. Tests come back normal except for infection. Is this normal?

It depends: These symptoms need to be fully and thoroughly evaluated by your physician who can then explain them to you and discuss with you what's best. ...Read more

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I am in the hospital right now with a severe kidney infection. The only medication that helps the flank pain makes me itch terribly. What is the max?

I am in the hospital right now with a severe kidney infection. The only medication that helps the flank pain makes me itch terribly. What is the max?

Ask your doctor. ..: You should ask the attending doctor who is treating you because s/he knows more about your individual conditions than anyone online. Severe itch may be a sign of drug allergy, and the doctors will periodically, at least once daily, reassess your clinical response so to adjust treatment as needed. ...Read more

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Dx w/ kidney infection and was on IV and oral antibiotics. Still feel a lot of r flank pain & pressure? Appt on weds.

Doctor must evaluate: Kidney infection can cause fever and back pain. Bladder infection may cause bladder symptoms. Persistent symptoms may mean many things including slowly improving infection, the wrong antibiotic for that bacteria, a kidney abscess, a kidney stone or others. A doctor needs to evaluate these symptoms to determine management, referral to a urologist or infectious disease md may be indicated. ...Read more

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I have right sided back/flank pain. How do I know when to go to the doctor for possible kidney infection or to wait it out?

I have right sided back/flank pain. How do I know when to go to the doctor for possible kidney infection or to wait it out?

See below: In general, I would recommend that you see your doctor about this type of pain if it persists for more than a few days, is associated with nausea/vomiting, is accompanied by fever, or if the pain is severe despite over-the-counter pain killers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or motrin. ...Read more

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I'm pretty sure I have a kidney infection. But dr can't see me till Monday is ok to wait or should I go to ER? Right sharp burning flank pain

I'm pretty sure I have a kidney infection. But dr can't see me till Monday is ok to wait or should I go to ER? Right sharp burning flank pain

Depends on severity: If you have fever, back pain, vomiting along with urinary symptoms (burning, frequency) then you may have a kidney infection (pyelonephritis). In that case you should be treated sooner than later. Urgent care would be an option, as would the ER. If you just have pain with urination, you can probably wait to see your doctor. Drink plenty of water, and consider cranberry juice. ...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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Is it true that people with RA can have chest pain with a kidney infection? I prob have a kidney infection, flank pain severe and chest pain severe.

Is it true that people with RA can have chest pain with a kidney infection? I prob have a kidney infection, flank pain severe and chest pain severe.

Anybody: You do not have to have rheumatoid arthritis. See a doctor asap and get this evaluated. Particularly since if you are receiving ustekinumab which is a monoclonal antibody against il 12 and 23 and can predispose to severe secondary infections. Go now and get evaluated. Hope you are better quickly. ...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

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Sharp burning right side flank pain no kidney infection or stone no ovaries or appendix please name specifc possibilities that could be wrong?

Flank pain: Hi, muscle spasm, Rib pain, inflammation of membrane around the lung, lung inflammation, Radiculitis, injury to the costovertebral junctions and Retroperitoneal fibrosis are some possibilities amine others. ...Read more

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I've been on cipro (ciprofloxacin) for 3 days for left kidney infection I'm still having a lot of left flank pain especially to touch, was told I passed a stone also?

Maybe, and may not..: Analyzing the onset, degree, duration, and interval of flank pain plus physicals with or without imaging study can almost always confidently deduce a DX of stone/colic, uti, or mucsle pain, although flank pain has been oftentimes manged with antibiotics by some. If really for kidney infection, the duration of antibiotics would be 2 weeks at least; for bladder, 3 days. Detail? Ask doc timely. ...Read more

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Right flank pain during period and woke up with symptoms of a uti. Kidney infection or radiating period cramps?

Get checked?: What symptoms of a UTI are you having? If you are noting blood in urine, pain with urination, or fever this is likely a urinary tract infection. I would see a physician for a urine test for a definitive answer. ...Read more

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Dxed w/ a kidney infection on 11/18 and have been on both IV and oral antibiotics but still have flank pain, and now having painful urination?

Dxed w/ a kidney infection on 11/18 and have been on both IV and oral antibiotics but still have flank pain, and now having painful urination?

New meds: Sounds bad if you needed IV and oral meds. But now it sounds like the oral meds are not strong enough. I would go back to treating doc to make sure infection isn't getting worse since going from IV to oral meds. May need stronger or different oral meds. ...Read more

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No uti. No kidney infection. Flank pain present. Freq/urgency felt. Symptoms for 1 month. Sometimes feel pain in groin. Mucus noticed in urine.?

No uti. No kidney infection. Flank pain present. Freq/urgency felt. Symptoms for 1 month. Sometimes feel pain in groin. Mucus noticed in urine.?

Flank pain: F 34 from US: notes: no uti. No kidney infection. Flank pain present. Freq/urgency felt. Symptoms for 1 month. Sometimes feel pain in groin. Mucus noticed in urine.? ANS: If I were ur Dr would ask u about family/personal Hx of kidney stones & do a good history and exam again looking for cause. ...Read more

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Hi. I'm a 31 year old male. Symptoms of kidney infection include mild flank pain, nausea, discomfort in lower left abdomen. Xray tmw...am I ok? 4 days

R/O KIDNEY STONE: Flank pain with those symptoms is concerning for kidney stone or kidney infection. You need a full exam labs urine C&S. 24 urine for stone analysis kidney ultrasound or CT. And usually empiric antibiotic therapy pending the results. Make sure to strain your urine and try to capture any debris, it may be a kidney stone. Push fluids water/cranberry juice. ...Read more

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Flank pain on right side right under ribs for a week so far. More frequent urination. Hurts to cough or even lay on that side. Is it kidney infection?

Flank pain on right side right under ribs for a week so far. More frequent urination. Hurts to cough or even lay on that side. Is it kidney infection?

Could be: A urine test will help. Seeing a doctor will allow them to get more detailed history and a physical exam which will help differentiate between other things as U may have a kidney stone instead. Hydrate well in the meantime ...Read more

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I have a kidney infection that won't go away been on meds. Bad left flank pain swollen lymph nobs n now my eyes r bloodshot. And I m always tired. Why?

I have a kidney infection that won't go away been on meds. Bad left flank pain swollen lymph nobs n now my eyes r bloodshot. And I m always tired. Why?

Bloodshot eyes: There are diseases which can cause kidney issues and eye inflammation. I would recommend seeing an eye doctor to rule out a serious eye problem. Patients with kidney diseases can have low blood numbers which can results in fatigue. I would recommend close followup with a kedney doctor as well. ...Read more

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I am anemic and have had constant kidney infections for 7 years now I was peeing blood for 3 months and have on and off flank pain swollen right kidny?

I am anemic and have had constant kidney infections for 7 years now I was peeing blood for 3 months and have on and off flank pain swollen right kidny?

Hematuria: If you have not already been evaluated by a urologist, you absolutely should be. You may well have any of several congenital or aquired serious conditions. ...Read more

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Kidney infection cipro (ciprofloxacin) day 5 of 10. Temp 38.3 still present. Flank pain and severe pressure over area not responding to OTC mess...Nausea vomit 2x?

Kidney infection cipro (ciprofloxacin) day 5 of 10. Temp 38.3 still present. Flank pain and severe pressure over area not responding to OTC mess...Nausea vomit 2x?

Urosepsis: Pain and severe pressure with temp is serious infection. May be stone or obstruction. Need us of abdomen ; pelvis and see urologist or go to er. ...Read more

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Left side flank pain no fever no urgency to pee just pain radiates from side to lower back could it be kidney infection?

Unlikley: Common causes of one-sided flank pain are often either urological (kidney infection or stone) or musculoskeletal (back strain or sprain) in origin. Kidney infection usually associated with fever, chills, and feeling ill with or without urinary symptoms. Kidney stone usually associated with mild-to-severe pain, nausea, possible vomiting. Urinalysis next best test: if normal, not likely UTI or stone ...Read more