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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
I've had a pain in my low back under my rib cage for 2 days. It almost feels like a kidney infection pain, that's my only symptom. It is kidneys?
Back pain: It may be muscular and may be something internal, better get it checked if it is bothering you and is persistent. ...Read more
Persistent since august: 2+ and 1+ protein; abnormal WBC & hyaline casts; negative/trace bacteria and no UTI symptoms. Kidney infection? Other cause?
Fever and back pain: Kidney infection or pyelonephritis is usually bacterial in nature and related to a urinary tract infection. Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, painful urination, and costovertebral tenderness (pain in your back between the 12th rib and spine). Your doctor can diagnose pyelonephritis with simple urine tests and physical exam. ...Read more
Pyelonephritis: Kidney infections are usually heralded with fever, flank pain of significant severity, rapid pulse and respirations and can be a medical emergency. If you are talking, however, about a simple UTI this is usually manifest by increased frequency of urination and pain on urination and possibly pain over the bladder. Urinalysis is often helpful, but most important is history and physical exam. ...Read more
Period 21 day late neg pregnancy test, kidney infection, cramps moody tired discharge, boobs swollen, any other thing that could be wrong?
Various...: There are a few possibilities: An infection can definitely affect your periods, however with other symptoms that I don't think are caused by the kidney infection it is a good idea to have a blood pregnancy test. If still negative then labs for hormones might be needed. Make an appointment with your doctor to get evaluation and labs ordered. ...Read more
A urine dipstick test shows if you have nitrites in your urine, as well as other markers such as blood, white cells, and protein. The human body does not naturally excrete nitrites in the urine, so if the test shows the, the only cause is bacteria, which indicative of a kidney infection.
Your doctor them may send the urine for culture to determine exactly what bacteria is causing the infection. ...Read more
UTI: Kidney infections are more serious and cause fever, chills, flank pain and cloudy urine classically. Bladder infections usually cause urinary frequency and burning and at times there can be blood in the urine. Cultures are done to document infection and identify the offending organism. ...Read more
No: E. Coli is commonly found around the external urinary openings but it does not lay dormant. It will actively infect when it can. Infections may appear suddenly. ...Read more
Protein total serum an 8.6 but everything else in hepatic function pan normal what does that mean can a kidney infection cause this?
I just finished treating a kidney infection about two months. Ago. Is it possible to have another already?
Yes: If you have one urinary tract infection, there may a predisposing factor to make you prone to others. Age makes some causes more likely; young women are more likely to get episodes of cystitis (bladder infection) following sexual intercourse. Older women may get them from anatomical changes after childbirths, or dry vaginal walls. But if they become recurrent, see gynecologist and/or urologist. ...Read more
Real cranberries: Seems the real thing is better than the juice. For my female patients I recommend a dozen or so dry cranberries daily, in a salad, cereal or by themselves. Excellent source of antioxidants also. Good for early bladder symptoms, but a kidney infection is a truly serious deep seated infection that needs antibiotics asap. You are at risk for a blood infection if not treated properly. ...Read more
I had a kidney infection and also had an abscess on my left kidney, because of that I was on heavy drugs in the hospital, would that delay my period?
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