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Are kidney infections worse at night? Healthy 22yo female. Lower left pain, excruciating at night. Some burning in urine. Tender where kidney is.

Are kidney infections worse at night? Healthy 22yo female. Lower left pain, excruciating at night. Some burning in urine. Tender where kidney is.

Pain: Two issues. First, you really need to see a doctor asap. The symptoms you describe have the potential to be due to a very serious condition. Secondly, pain is often worse at night because you are inactive, your mind focused on only the pain, and it keeps you awake. It may not really be worse but feels that way. Am really concerned about your other symptoms. Please go and see somebody today, . Best. ...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


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If I have a kidney infection will it make it any worse if I exercise (run, lift weights)?

If I have a kidney infection will it make it any worse if I exercise (run, lift weights)?

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. If you feel like running, I seriously doubt that you have a "kidney" infection. Shouldn't cause a problem with a bladder infection. ...Read more

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Should I go to the emergency room if I think I have a kidney infection and am hurting really badly or can I wait and see my dr. I first noticed the symptoms last weekend and it has progressively been getting worse all week

Should I go to the emergency room if I think I have a kidney infection and am hurting really badly or can I wait and see my dr. I first noticed the symptoms last weekend and it has progressively been getting worse all week

You: You should call your doctor and discuss your symptoms and see how soon you can be seen. If you are having fever, chills, severe back pain, nausea or vomiting, you may need to proceed to the emergency room if your doctor cannot see you within the next few hours. ...Read more

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How long would it take for a kidney infection to get worse?

How long would it take for a kidney infection to get worse?

No time frame: There is no time frame for worsening of renal function. There are factors (like diabetes, high blood pressure and urine infections) which hasten the process. However if you can control above factors (which you may not be able to do all the time), the decline in renal function can be slowed down till eternity ...Read more

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Found out that I have a possible kidney infection, was told if my symptoms got worse to go to the er.?

Found out that I have a possible kidney infection, was told if my symptoms got worse to go to the er.?

RU on antibiotics: You should be on appropriate antibiotic therapy. Hope urine culture was taken & you were started on a broad spectrum antibiotic which achieve good tissue levels, such as Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or bactrim, whilst culture is growing. Yes you should go to er if symptoms of fever or flank pain worsen or you start vomiting. Will also need a work up if you do in fact have a kidney infection. Will then need IV antibiotic. ...Read more

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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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Diagnosed with kidney infection. Was on cyporiflaxin for 2 weeks. Still got UTI and worse pain. Help?

Here are some. ..: Have the symptoms related with kidney infection changed before and after Cipro (ciprofloxacin)? Have you had urine +/- blood culture before and after Cipro (ciprofloxacin)? What was the base of diagnosing kidney infection? Because of fever, chill, knocking pain over the kidneys or. ..? So, if indeed persistent, consider: misdiagnosis, ineffective antibiotics, or developing abscess inaccessible for antibiotics to reach. ...Read more

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I have some p name kidney infection an been on meds from ER for 3days an I feel worse now then I did before my temp 98.8 my head hurts an feel sick wh?

I have some p name kidney infection an been on meds from ER for 3days an I feel worse now then I did before my temp 98.8 my head hurts an feel sick wh?

Reevaluation: Get reevaluated immediately. You are supposed to feel better when treated with medication that address the issue if the organism causing the infection responds to that medication. The doctor would have chosen from a list of medications that has been found to work for that type of infection in the past and may decide to change medications based on what is found on reevaluation ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with kidney infection two days ago and put on cipro. I have taken 4 doses and am feeling worse. Vomit, pain, etc what should I do?

I was diagnosed with kidney infection two days ago and put on cipro. I have taken 4 doses and am feeling worse. Vomit, pain, etc what should I do?

Report to doctor...: It is right & fair to report what and how you feel to your doctor so to double check if the diagnosis is ok or substantial side effect. For now, of course, stop taking Cipro. How to handle current state, UTI, side effects? Go to http://formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html, http://formefirst. Com/onUTI. Html, and http://formefirst. Com/NewDrugUse. Html. Then you can work well with doctor so to reach..... ...Read more

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DX w/ Kidney Infection. On Pyridium/Cipro for 2 days now. Feeling worse, not better. Is this normal? Should I be worried? Should I make a followup apt

DX w/ Kidney Infection. On Pyridium/Cipro for 2 days now. Feeling worse, not better. Is this normal? Should I be worried? Should I make a followup apt

See answer: IF the diagnosis of kidney infection (aka pyelonephritis) is accurate (best established on basis of symptoms, urinalysis, and urine culture), it may take 48-72 hours of antibiotic treatment before you start feeling better. Another possibility is that the bacteria causing the UTI may be resistant to Cipro (ciprofloxacin) which is increasingly common, especially if you have taken this medication in the past. See MD ...Read more

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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

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I have bad microscopic hematuria for 3 years. It's getting worse & no UTI or kidney infection. If it's not kidney stones what could it be?

I have bad microscopic hematuria for 3 years. It's getting worse & no UTI or kidney infection. If it's not kidney stones what could it be?

Microhematuria: Asymptomatic micro hematuria is actually quite common. I'm not certain what might constitute "bad micro hematuria"? There is a specific office work up that any urologist can perform. ...Read more

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I am fighting a fever from 95-102. WBC is 19.6, Neutrophils%auto is 91.9, lymphocytes% auto is 4.4, now vomiting. Have kidney infection getting worse?

I am fighting a fever from 95-102. WBC is 19.6, Neutrophils%auto is 91.9, lymphocytes% auto is 4.4, now vomiting. Have kidney infection getting worse?

Likely: If you currently have a known kidney infection, I assume you are on antibiotics. If you are having persistent fevers, have an elevated WBC count and are now vomiting you should see a physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I took Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) to treat UTI for three days. I am worse. Now have Vomiting, nausea, cramps, burning urination, fever, and low temps of 96.4. What could this be? Could it be a kidney infection?

I took Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) to treat UTI for three days. I am worse. Now have Vomiting, nausea, cramps, burning urination, fever, and low temps of 96.4. What could this be? Could it be a kidney infection?

Worsening UTI: Yes, these could be signs of a kidney infection, or a bladder infection that is not sensitive to Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). The prescribing doctor needs to hear about this immediately, because someone who is vomiting cannot keep down further meds. They will probably arrange a late add-in clinic appointment or ER visit. ...Read more

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Can taking BC Powder for a kidney infection and pain, do any harm or make worse for the kidneys? Especially if you take a lot to help the pain.

BC Powder®...: ...is aspirin plus caffeine. You could get the same effect with aspirin alone, or with a cup of coffee (and maybe save money). It won't harm the kidneys except at very large doses, but could upset your stomach and interfere with sleep. If this is your only treatment for possible kidney infection, see doctor for diagnosis and treatment. Otherwise contact with doctor for advice on pain control. ...Read more

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Vaginal rash - six weeks ago - UTI turned into kidney infection - now have the same rash again but much worse - can it be another UTI and if so why?

Vaginal rash - six weeks ago - UTI turned into kidney infection - now have the same rash again but much worse - can it be another UTI and if so why?

Probably not: UTI does not cause rash in the vulva (I think you are referring to it as vagina). However, the antibiotic used for the UTI can give, as a side effect, a yeast infection in the vaginal area. If you are having no urinary symptoms, it is unlikely to be a UTI. You should be checked by your doctor or your gyn, who will also check a urine sample and diagnose the rash. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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Lap gb removal 1/31/13. Diagnosed with a kidney infection due to continued right side pain on cipro (ciprofloxacin) 3days but pain is getting worse. Normal?

Lap gb removal 1/31/13. Diagnosed with a kidney infection due to continued right side pain on cipro (ciprofloxacin) 3days but pain is getting worse. Normal?

Get evaluated: You are in recovery and need more evaluation. With worsening symptoms, the potential for bile leak needs to be addressed. Okay to see your surgeon. Ask for tech hida scan. This imaging test is helpful and accurate. ...Read more

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Iv been on meds since friday and my kidney infection seems to b getting worse. Peeing a lot more bad kidney/bladder pain slight fevor n very tired?

Iv been on meds since friday and my kidney infection seems to b getting worse. Peeing a lot more bad kidney/bladder pain slight fevor n very tired?

That's not right: What you are describing is concerning. You must go to your doc and have a more comprehensive work up done. If you delay, there may be more damage taking place to the point that it will be impossible to correct. ...Read more

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Iv been on meds since friday and my kidney infection seems to b getting worse. Peeing a lot more bad kidney/bladder pain slight fevor n very tired.?

Iv been on meds since friday and my kidney infection seems to b getting worse. Peeing a lot more bad kidney/bladder pain slight fevor n very tired.?

Call your doctor: Call your doctor your infection may be resistant to the antibiotics you are taking and you may be developing pyelonephritis (infection of the kidneys). ...Read more

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Can uti (kidney) infection cause heart pain?? Even worse can it cause one to have a heart attack?

Can uti (kidney) infection cause heart pain?? Even worse can it cause one to have a heart attack?

Yes: An infection causes the body to work harder. The temperature changes, the blood cells multiple. The extra effort is stressing the body. Release of cortisol. You are 26 and a male therefore the chances of a heart attack are less. A UTI in a male is usually a sexually transmitted disease at your age. Consult a doctor for best treatment, labs, and c and s of urine. ...Read more

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Uti 2 weeks ago, actually kidney infection, continued on cefzon 7 days, missed 2 days, cipro (ciprofloxacin) 2days (too strong), now back to cefzon. Could come back worse?

Uti 2 weeks ago, actually kidney infection, continued on cefzon 7 days, missed 2 days, cipro (ciprofloxacin) 2days (too strong), now back to cefzon. Could come back worse?

Risk of resistance: Potentially, yes, as the partial treatment killed the "easy" ones, leaving behind the heartier bacteria to replicate and take over. Hopefully will not be the case, but please be diligent in your compliance with antibiotic regimen--make a medication chart to check off dose by dose to help you remember--that way worst would be late on a dose. ...Read more

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Extreme sudden stabbing straining pain L flank-now constant/worse. History of kidney infection. Immunosuppressed. Fever 99.9-100.4. ER/safe to wait?

Extreme sudden stabbing straining pain L flank-now constant/worse. History of kidney infection. Immunosuppressed. Fever 99.9-100.4. ER/safe to wait?

To ER now is. ..: Your only choice of actions to take so to make your life safer and easier! On the way there, be sure to bring the info of the onset, degree, duration, interval, evolution, and progress of the pain and its related symptoms over time to ER, where Doc can analyze the info you brought, examine you physically, and test you with imaging study to make sure of no ureteral stone blocking your ureter +. .. ...Read more

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Have kidney infection, on cipro (ciprofloxacin). Pain getting worse and moving upwards. Starting to have fever. Decreased appetite and urination. Help?!

Have kidney infection, on cipro (ciprofloxacin). Pain getting worse and moving upwards. Starting to have fever. Decreased appetite and urination. Help?!

Seek care today: Get in touch with the doctor who treated you if possible. If you have been taking the Cipro (ciprofloxacin) for several days and are getting worse, you may be developing an infection in the kidney itself. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is very good for bladder infections, but sometimes a bacteria may be resistant to it. Talk with your doctor tonight, or go to an Urgent Care or Emergency room. ...Read more

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Went to er. Discharged with kidney infection. They gave me pain meds didn't help. Home and worse pain shacking chills left eye swollen stiff neck?

Went to er. Discharged with kidney infection. They gave me pain meds didn't help. Home and worse pain shacking chills left eye swollen stiff neck?

ER or family doctor: The most efficient way to obtain care and the correct treatment is to see you family doctor or internist. Unless they are not available I would recommend seeing them for followup rather than returning to the er. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

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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