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Doctor insights on: Side Effects Of Kidney Infection

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Pain on back side above buttcheek? Could it be a kidney infection?

Pain on back side above buttcheek? Could it be a kidney infection?

Probably not: Usually kidney pain, also known as renal colic, is higher, near the rib cage angle on your back. ...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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I have a kidney infection, it hurts my side when I breath in is this normal?

I have a kidney infection, it hurts my side when I breath in is this normal?

See doctor.: If you are being treated for a kidney infection and are now getting pain, you really need to call your doc. A kidney infection is very serious, and some may not respond to the antibiotic you were given. So if you are having more pain it may mean you are getting worse. Please call or get seen today. ...Read more

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I have a kidney infection in my left kidney, but the pain is on my right side. Why is that?

I have a kidney infection in my left kidney, but the pain is on my right side. Why is that?

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

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I have been fighting a kidney infection for almost 2 weeks. I'm feeling a lot better except when I start to walk. My right side starts to hurt.?

I have been fighting a kidney infection for almost 2 weeks. I'm feeling a lot better except when I start to walk. My right side starts to hurt.?

How "fighting"?: How have you been fighting this kidney infection? I ask because they are typically bacterial in etiology, so I would hope your fighting would include the use of an antibiotic. If not, then you need one. If you are using an antibiotic, then it may be the wrong one. And you may need an ultrasound to make sure there's no kidney stone in there causing your pain. ...Read more

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I have a pain in the lower right side of my back, could I have a kidney infection?

I have a pain in the lower right side of my back, could I have a kidney infection?

Possibly...: Quite possible; you may also have musculoskeletal issues; or ovarian issues (if it applies). Best to go see your physician and be properly diagnosed; that way you can get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Will kidney infection make back and leg in just one side hurt?

Will kidney infection make back and leg in just one side hurt?

See below: Yes it is possible, it is a radiating pain from the kidney area, if infection is confined to one kidney or you have a stone. ...Read more

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Cough it hurts my left side to. Could I have kidney infection or appendicitis?

Cough it hurts my left side to. Could I have kidney infection or appendicitis?

Heart related: Possibly. Your appendix is on your right side. This could be related to bronchitis or a heart condition. I would seek a general doctor. ...Read more

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I am recovering from a kidney infection but I still have pain under my right ribcage on the front side in addition to the lower back. Why is that?

Pyelonephritis: A kidney infection; sometimes called pyelonephritis, is a serious infection causing pain, fevers, and can require hospitalization. Antibiotics should help the pain resolve, but the discomfort can take time to improve. If you have fevers and continued pain on antibiotics this may mean that the antibx selected are not working and you should be rechecked by your doc. ...Read more

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I am having pain on my right side and mid/lower back when I lay down. I previously had a kidney infection in nov. Could this be one? No other symptoms

I am having pain on my right side and mid/lower back when I lay down. I previously had a kidney infection in nov. Could this be one? No other symptoms

Probably not a uti: Generally kidney infections give pain most of the time and have other urinary symptoms such as burning, frequency, etc and also may have fever. However would recommend at least a urinalysis to check it out further. ...Read more

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I have a kidney infection. When I lay on my side that is inflamed I get a burning sensation right in that area. Is that normal or should I be worrie?

I have a kidney infection. When I lay on my side that is inflamed I get a burning sensation right in that area. Is that normal or should I be worrie?

Kidney infection: Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) generally causes fever, chills and very significant flank pain. One generally feels "sick". It is a systemic infection. Bladder infection (cystitis) rarely causes systemic symptoms. Discomfort in the pelvic area and irritative voiding symptoms are typical. It typically is a "localized" infection limited to the bladder. ...Read more

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I have been on levaquin (levofloxacin) for 11 days for a kidney infection. Is it normal to still have some achy discomfort on my side and front & back of my kidney?

Seems like long time: I would check with pcp. He probably had culture and sensitivity on the urine and should be treating according to this. I would advise ultrasound of kidney. You may have hydro which will have to addressed by urologist or pyleo in which case, the treatment may need to be intensified. No fever or chills so I doubt septics I would call pcp and ask to see them to discuss. ...Read more

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Do u think I could have a kidney infection because on the left side of my back hurts sometimes an burn?

I don't think so.: In kidney infection, you'll also have high fever and chills along with back pain which will be persistent. Your pain seems to be of musculo-skeletal origin which usually goes away with rest and pain medicines. ...Read more

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On 3/1, per er, I had a bad kidney infection. I took 2 weeks of levaquin (levofloxacin). Should I still be having pain in front & back on my side where the kidney is?

See your doctor: Your symptoms should be resolved after antibiotic therapy; if you are still having pain, then the concern is either a resistant organism requiring a culture to identify, or the wrong initial diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more

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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?

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?

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 more

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

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 have frequent uti's. My right kidney shrunk up but im having pains in right side. I think I have another kidney infection. I don't have a pcp?

I have frequent uti's. My right kidney shrunk up but im having pains in right side. I think I have another kidney infection. I don't have a pcp?

You need to be seen: An Urgent Care center or ED can decide whether this is a kidney infection and get you on antibiotics. Don't delay since you may already have kidney damage. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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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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I had kidney infection one week ago. Since then I have been having increasing pain just undet right side ribs. Down into pubic area. Nausea. Pressure?

I had kidney infection one week ago. Since then I have been having increasing pain just undet right side ribs. Down into pubic area. Nausea. Pressure?

Repeat urine test: Persistent pain following a urinary tract infection can indicate that the infection hasn't cleared, has spread to the kidney, or was caused by a kidney stone. A repeat urinalysis at the doctors office can help determine if any of these are the cause. ...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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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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My daughter has left side pain it's 16 days before she should start her period she is not sexually active ovulation or kidney infection?

My daughter has left side pain it's 16 days before she should start her period she is not sexually active ovulation or kidney infection?

Need more info: Please clarify- is your daughter pregnant, and if so how far along is she. Are there urinary symptoms with frequency, burning, nighttime urination or pain? ...Read more

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HSV outbreak 2 wks ago. Pain on LR side. Diagnosis-kidney infection. Pain on LL side. Infection no more. CT neg for stones. Could hsv be the cause?

Confusing question: Sorry, a lot isn't clear. Where was your herpes outbreak? Genital? Typical for past recurrences? Definite herpes as the cause (cluster of blisters or sores)? Or maybe you mean herpes zoster (shingles)? That's a more likely cause of flank or abdominal pain that might be confused with kidney infection or stone. Neither HSV nor zoster would cause a kidney infection, but zoster can cause ongoing pain. ...Read more

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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

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

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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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Pain at the side and back pain all at the right side with feeling tired and frequent urinate, is it kidney infection or kidney stone!!

Pain at the side and back pain all at the right side with feeling tired and frequent urinate, is it kidney infection or kidney stone!!

Back/flank pain: Very possibly a urinary tract infection and/or kidney stone. You should get evaluated by your primary care doctor to determine what's going on & have the proper tests. If left untreated it could lead to sepsis (blood infection) and/or kidney failure. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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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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?

Other reasons: Your physician should examine you and rule out other causes of back pain: strain, arthritis, shingles, herniated disk among many others. ...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 am having pain in my upper right side stomach and am having black stools. I have a kidney infection but am still having severe pain and concerned.

I am having pain in my upper right side stomach and am having black stools. I have a kidney infection but am still having severe pain and concerned.

Melena?: Black, tarry, malodorous stool can be related to GI bleeding. Black stools can also be related to taking certain medications. Please let your doctor know ASAP. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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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


Dr. Adrian Baudy IV
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Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis) (Definition)

Inflammation of the kidney due to a bacterial infection. ...Read more