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Kidney Infection Left Untreated
Bad idea: If you really have a kidney infection it needs treatment, do not wait, see a doctor, it can lead to loss of kidney function. ...Read more
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
Urosepsis: Yes you can. It's called urosepsis. It's an infection that starts in the bladder or kidneys and the bacteria then spread to the bloodstream. The general term for infection in the blood is sepsis. It must be treated with antibiotics. You can get scar tissue in the kidney as well. ...Read more
Can a bad kidney infection, if left untreated, cause headaches, dry mouth, blurred vision, and constipation?
Depends: That would depend on the severity of the infection, and possibly on microbe responsible for causing it. ...Read more
Right Kidney Infection. If untreated, what would happen? And in how long? Can infection spread? Can it spread to left kidney?
Yes and depends.: Kidney infection can get worse and spread to the blood stream when it is called sepsis and can be very serious and can be life threatening. How long it takes can't be accurately predicted. In some people it can progress very quickly even within 24 hours, others it might take a little bit longer. If you have high fevers and feel you are getting worse you need to be seen ASAP. ...Read more
Hard to know: Although your right side may also be infected. This depends on the manner in which you developed kidney infection. Also a significant number of patients with pyelonephritis have enlargement of the spleen. This is on the right side and may be creating the pain to which you are referring. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more
What I think was an untreated kidney infection eventually cleared on its own, how likely is kidney damage?
Pyelonephritis: An infection of the kidney (pyelonephritis) results in severe back pain, high fever and nausea/vomiting. Unlike an infection only involving the bladder, the ascension of bacteria into the kidney is a dangerous event. If you have these symptoms it is important to see a doctor and have your urine tested. Untreated pyelonephritis can result in permanent kidney damage, blood infection or shock. ...Read more
Pain in lower left back and smear blood when I wipe, think its kidney infection, no healthcare, what could I take?
Could be hemorrhoids. Please have someone look. Or you can use mirror. You need to go to a local free clinic for evaluation.
Not kidney infection. ...Read more
Do u think I could have a kidney infection because on the left side of my back hurts sometimes an burn?
I believe I had a untreated kidney infection a few years ago, recent doc visit showed nothing. What do you suggest?
Both may be right: You may very well have had a kidney infection years ago, and treated or not, many of them are self limiting and cause no long term damage, whereas others might do so. If there is no current evidence for an infection, I suggest you not worry about it, and return for an evaluation if you have recurrent symptoms. ...Read more
May be related: Kidney stones can block the flow of urine from your kidneys to your bladder. When this happens, the urine that backs up is more likely to become infected. This may have been the cause of your bladder infection but the two events may be unrelated. Please mention this to your doctor. Based on the rest of your exam, the left kidney may need to be evaluated to make sure that it is working properly. ...Read more
Can someone have a kidney infection from untreated UTI and not know it until they just drop dead?
Anything is possible: Untreated uti's can turn into "pylonephritis" and that could lead to dehydration and sepsis. Sepsis could lead to multi-organ shut down, heart failure and ultimately death. We see this happen in the nursing home when residents are neglected or don't complain for weeks, until they get a fever or abdominal pain. ...Read more
Was told I had a bladder infection today. 12 hours later I now have a tight pain on my back, left side half way up. Kidney infection?
I am on 5 days cipro (ciprofloxacin) for suspected kidney infection. Only have 1 more pill left but got a single hive this morning. Should I take last dose?
I have pain in my left side of my back. I havnt got a kidney infection as been tested but I have big breast could that be the cause of the pain?
Yes: Unilateral pain upper back in twenties female with large breasts might reflect chronic rhomboid major muscle spasm. Each breast can weigh 6 pounds. I have found many large breasted women have anterior tilt to their shoulders, which can stress the rhomboids. Increased tone (yoga) of upper back muscles is advised; along with more of a military posture of the shoulders. ...Read more
Should I consult my dr. For possible kidney problem? Over the past couple of months I have had pain in my lower back on the left side. Combined with problems urinating, I thought I had a kidney infection in january. I went to the dr. And after a urine tes
Hello.: Hello. It sounds like you were treated a couple of months ago without a positive response. Your symptoms have actually worsened. Yes, I recommend that you contact your doctor back. You play an important role in your health. You are the feedback loop that lets your doctor know if the treatment provided did the trick or not. If a problem does not resolve with garden variety treatment, then sometimes that means that the doctor will now explore the reasons why. I hope you can get relief soon. Take care. ...Read more
If I had a kidney infection from untreated UTI and my kidneys started to fail, what would a dipstick urinalysis show?
I have left kidney pain. Took test for a UTI came back positive for luekisites? Doctor said I don't have a uti, could it be a kidney infection?
Nephrolithiasis?: Leukocytes (white blood cells) in the urine can occur with numerous conditions, including infection. Not sure how your doctor excluded infection, but it may be there. You might have kidney stones, some other form of obstructive uropathy. Go and see a urologist and be evaluated appropriately. Good luck ...Read more
I just had kidney infection an the pain was on left side of my stomach well now I have itching anlittle red bumps on the left side of stomach pixinfil
Likely shingles: The pain on the left side if the stomach may actually represent the start of a shingles outbreak- the red itchy bumps you describe. The shingles. Rash occurs only on one side of the bidy, and follows the sensory nerve route that covers a specific area of skin called the dermatome. See yourdoctir immediately so he can prescribe you sobe antiviral medicatiobn. ...Read more
I've been experiencing sharp pain (left side) back pain. Fever&vomiting. Its been three days&it just gets worse. What is this im feeling? Kidney infection
Definitely possible: It sounds like an infection that is either climbing or made its way to your kidney, called pyelonephritis. This can often occur from an untreated, sometimes subclinical urinary tract infection. This can be dangerous and I would recommend seeing a physician as soon as possible as left untreated it can cause kidney damage or systemic infection leading to even more serious problems. Please see someon. ...Read more
Hi, diagnosed with kidney infection (pus in urine) was given Cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500 mg but still having some pain on left flank. Do I need another round of medicin?
R/O KIDNEY STONE: UTI with 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. Also Urology Dr of SX worsen. ...Read more
I have itchy, frequent urinate. Negative uti, waiting for result for yeast infection. I feel occasional pain on left low back. Is it kidney infection?
I have pain under the left rib cage and it goes into my back. At times its feels gripping pain. Does anyone know what this could I had a kidney infection, ecoli, and was sepsis in july. I was treated and released from hosptial for days later. I now have t
Any number of things: This kind of pain could be caused by any number of things. With your history, you need to be examined by a doctor who can figure out whether it is something that will go away or something like an infection of the kidney or of the area under the diaphragm that needs treatment. ...Read more
Hi since september I have been off work with this illness. I have had repeated kidney infections reoccuring now as often as every 2weeks. I have a constant pain in my left side which I take daily tramadol for. I have had ultrasound and CT scans but they show
Urologist: If you have not already done so, it's time to see a urologist. In addition, all possible "UTIs "need to be documented with urine culture. Pyelonephritis (kidney infection) is a serious problem which can damage the kidney or lead to sepsis. You need to know for certain if your kidney is repeatedly becoming infected and if so the mechanism needs to be determined and addressed. ...Read more
I have continued left sided upper back pain six weeks after a kidney infection wcc raised but urine clear and CT normal is this normal?
Is it possible to have a kidney infection, w/out a bladder infection? I have all UTI symptoms, left lower back pain and 2 cultures come back negative.
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
suffering from constant lower back pain with constant and consistent kidney infections. I have a ulcer on my left side under my breast. Help me plz.
Multiple areas: The constellation of affected body parts needs critical thinking and testing, so at a minimum go for a virtual consult ...Read more
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
I have left side mid/upper back pain and llq pain w/ difficulty urinating. My urine is cloudy/smelly. No fever do I have a kidney infection?
Cannot diagnose: See a doctor and get evaluated. This is not an internet issue. Face to face consultation following a detailed history, physical exam and some labs will be valuable. Hope you do not have this. ...Read more
Left flank pain for 8 years, recently very acute. Several kidney infections but CT scan shows kidney normal. I often feel breathless and fatigued?
Left flank discomfort Had ultrasound and chest X-ray both clear but once and awhile still have discomfort kinda in waves had prior kidney infection/uti, doctor gave me Toradol (using it bid) seems to help however I want to determine why the minimal flan
UTI: If you had a documented UTI you should have received appropriate antibiotics too. ...Read more
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
Constant flank pain on left side. Hurts to sit and lean on back. Possibilities other than kidney infection?
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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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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
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