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Is There A Connection Between Sciatica And Urinary Tract Infections
No Connection: See your PCP regarding your UTIGet a more detailed answer ›
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
No, unrelated: Both are fairly common conditions & thus certainly could coexist. Also both can cause back pain, although kidney/uti pain tends to be located higher up at level of posterior rib cage. Sciatica is a set of symptoms (low back, buttock or leg pain + areas of skin numbness) caused by various conditions: spinal disc herniation (slipped disc), spinal misalignment, spinal stenosis or pyriformis syndrome. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
A Leaky Link: Interstitial cystitis (ic) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the lining of the bladder wall. No one knows exactly what causes it but it can certainly be exacerbated by urinary tract infections. Many homeopathic remedies aim toward controlling inflammation and infection risk by making the urine contain certain by-products of natural metabolism. Such phenomenon is seen with cranberry juice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Bubble baths/scented shampoos/ dirty bath water all have been linked to uti's in females from toddlers to adults. These agents can trigger irritation directly or leave a soapy film on female genitals. If not well rinsed, it may remain & trigger itching/redness/drainage. Bacteria may accompany the irritation & make the short trip to the bladder. I rarely see it in males, different parts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good questions: Children between 1 and 3 years of age are very prone to seizures. Often this occurs with a febrile illness. Certain viruses and GI infections are famous for provoking seizures. In addition, urinary infections are a common cause, especially in little girls. The body produces high levels of cytokines as a defense against these infections. This is irritative to their brain - but does no harm. ...Read more
What is the difference between a bladder infection and uti? Is a bladder infection the same as a urinary tract infection?
UTI: "uti" includes all types of infections in the urinary tract. Cystitis is specifically a term describing inflammation of the bladder. Most often cystitis, although quit irritating, does not cause systemic symptoms such as fever, body aches etc. Pyelonephritis (also a uti) on the other hand is an infection of the kidney causing significant systemic symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not common terms: You may mean urinary tract INFECTION. At any rate, upper would mean kidneys and the tubes that collect urine from them to deliver urine to the bladder, and lower would mean bladder and the tube that carries urine to the outside. Generally infections in the lower tract are less serious than the upper tract, but one can lead to the other if not treated. ...Read more
The infection part: Interstitial cystitis (ic) is by definition a non infectious inflammation of the bladder. Urinary tract infections (utis) are most often caused by bacteria. Ic can be tough to diagnose so make sure you see a urologist before someone throws that diagnosis at you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the differences between a urinary tract infection and a kidney infection? What symptoms are different?
UTI: "uti" includes all types of infections in the urinary tract. Cystitis is specifically a term describing inflammation of the bladder. Most often cystitis, although quit irritating, does not cause systemic symptoms such as fever, body aches etc. Pyelonephritis (also a uti) on the other hand is an infection of the kidney causing significant systemic symptoms. ...Read more
Yes primary & 2ndary: 1) stone blocking kidney pelvis (urinary funnel) or ureter can cause kidney to swell from effects of back pressure. Hydronephrosis thus 2ndary. 2) congenital or primary hydronephrosis causes urinary stasis (like stagnation) giving dissolved calcium & other salts a chance to precipitate and develop into kidney stones. Also is easier for infection stones to develop. Stone formation is secondary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How is atherosclerosis related to urinary tract infection? Does atherosclerosis has some role in the development of urinary tract infection?
Uti: There is no direct relationship.Get a more detailed answer ›
A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more
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