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UTI symptoms, urine culture negative, Blood test: WBC 13.4, absolute neutrophils 9.8. UTI or something else?

UTI symptoms, urine culture negative, Blood test: WBC 13.4, absolute neutrophils 9.8. UTI or something else?

Uretheritis: Inflammation or infection of urethra can cause symptoms that mimic UTI. Usually urine cs is negative. Topic an antibiotic cream helps with the symptoms.

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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


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20 weeks pregnant. Four rounds of antibiotics for uti. Dipstic showed WBC and blood in urine. Painful UTI symptoms. But culture is negative? What else

20 weeks pregnant. Four rounds of antibiotics for uti. Dipstic showed WBC and blood in urine. Painful UTI symptoms. But culture is negative? What else

Uncle! SeeASpecialist: How frustrating!! Wow...First, some women can have symptoms but negative routine cultures which can either mean some non-infectious irritation for some reason or an"atypical"organism that requires a special culture &/or trial of an unusual antibiotic. Sometimes it's a problem in the urethra & not the bladder (irritative or infective). You might consider a Urologist especially since you're pregnant

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Can Cipro cause (severe) nerve damage? Have taken twice for UTI symptoms despite culture being negative. Feeling nerve pain in feet, legs, & arms.

Can Cipro cause (severe) nerve damage? Have taken twice for UTI symptoms despite culture being negative. Feeling nerve pain in feet, legs, & arms.

Please repost: You have now stated where you feel the pain, but please state specifically what qualities of the pain lead you to call it "nerve" pain, e.g. aching vs burning, etc. It may help to read up a bit on pain in order to learn what are useful descriptive terms for pain.

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I had a negative urine culture for a UTI. I had chlamydia 6 months ago. Is it possible that my UTI symptoms are actually symptoms of chlamydia again?

I had a negative urine culture for a UTI. I had chlamydia 6 months ago. Is it possible that my UTI symptoms are actually symptoms of chlamydia again?

Yes.: Chlamydia can cause UTI with symptoms similiar to other types of UTI. Rate of recurrent urogenital Chlamydia can be as high as 30% in some cases so it is certainly reasonable to get retested to see if you have reucrrence.

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Daughter has UTI symptoms that come and go once a week. Negative urine culture. Does not have back pain or fever or other symptoms.

Daughter has UTI symptoms that come and go once a week. Negative urine culture. Does not have back pain or fever or other symptoms.

Local irritation: These are often a product of sitting in soap suds in a bath, excessive soaping of the genitals or contact with scented toilet tissue, bath oils, etc. If these are not totally removed they can leave a film on the genitals & the kid digs at it while half asleep. The trauma will result in such a pattern. Avoiding the exposures can sometimes end this in a week.

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Prescribed Macrobid for UTI symptoms, culture came back negative. Should I stop taking the antibiotics? I'm on day 4 of 7. I am 4 weeks pregnant.

Prescribed Macrobid for UTI symptoms, culture came back negative. Should I stop taking the antibiotics? I'm on day 4 of 7. I am 4 weeks pregnant.

Furadantin (nitrofurantoin): This compound is not known to cause problems during pregnancy. The issue is whether or not you actually have a uti, and would suggest you get the results of the urinalysis (which was hopefully done along with the culture). Urine cultures are seldom negative in the presence of bacterial infection, unless the infection is involving areas above the bladder. Would need more info. Call your doctor.

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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.

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.

One idea: If you have a fever and marked tenderness over the kidney, there's an off-chance that you have a staphylococcal kidney abscess. A second idea is a stone. Your physician knows how to follow up on these and other possibilities.

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UTI symptoms but negative for nitrites. Positive for WBCs. Bad back pain and nausea. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and bactrim didn't work. What do I have? What do I do?

UTI symptoms but negative for nitrites. Positive for WBCs. Bad back pain and nausea. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and bactrim didn't work. What do I have? What do I do?

Pyuria: Presense of WBC in the urine can be infection but there are other causes. You need a urine culture and further test including an imaging. Suggest contact a kidney doc. Also need a repeat urine test, urine for eosinophils. Best of luck

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Uti symptoms but no UTI on culture is what?

It may never show up: Utis is a clinical diagnosis - that means for a physician, we rely mainly on the patient's symptoms (pain on urination, hesitancy, frequency, flank/supra pubic pain) to make a dx. In many cases, we can grow and isolate the offending organism in the lab in <24hrs. In other cases, it is much harder to do this (eg chlamydia, ureaplasma, mycoplasma) - sometimes resulting in a negative culture.

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Hx of cdiff 4mo clear. Had UTI. Symptoms of cdiff but test neg. (molecular test) what else could be going on? Have appnt w new dr. Bc PC & GI not helping.

Hx of cdiff 4mo clear. Had UTI. Symptoms of cdiff but test neg. (molecular test) what else could be going on? Have appnt w new dr. Bc PC & GI not helping.

C DIFFICILE SYMPTOMS: There are several organisms which can cause symptoms similar to C Difficile including Staph Aureus, Klebsiella, C Perfringens, Candida, and Salmonella. Stool samples should be collected and sent to lab for studies. There are also non-infectious causes of similar symptoms; colitis. Your gastroenterologist would be able to pursue these studies including colonoscopy if needed.

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+40 leukocytes in urine but neg for nitrites.? Been having UTI symptoms but only mild.

+40 leukocytes in urine but neg for nitrites.? Been having UTI symptoms but only mild.

Culture?: A urine culture should be performed if it hasn't. This can identify a bacterial infection if that is the cause of the leukocytes in the urine. It is possible to have a UTI and have negative nitrites. Leukocytes in the urine can also be caused by inflammation anywhere in urinary tract up to kidneys.

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Uti symptoms, yet no uti, test came back negative. Symptoms so bad I had to leave work, plus really bad pelvis pain..

Uti symptoms, yet no uti, test came back negative. Symptoms so bad I had to leave work, plus really bad pelvis pain..

Details: What symptoms specifically are you referring to? If it is pain or fever, it could be from other reasons and differentials need to be considered.

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I took an at home Azo test because I'm having UTI symptoms. It is positive. Went to the doctor and he did and test and said negative. What do I do?

I took an at home Azo test because I'm having UTI symptoms. It is positive. Went to the doctor and he did and test and said negative. What do I do?

Here are some. ..: AZO test result may differ from different specimen because the urine freshness, its duration inside bladder (> 4 hrs), possible use of vitamin C, adequacy of urine collection to avoid contamination, etc. So, one has to realize the presence of factors affecting this test leading to false (-). Besides, urine culture from properly collected fresh urine is the "ultimate" test for confirmation, . ..

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Should I see a doctor for UTI symptoms that began 2-3 days after cystoscopy, have become worse over 2 weeks, when I've been negative for UTIs in past?

Should I see a doctor for UTI symptoms that began 2-3 days after cystoscopy, have become worse over 2 weeks, when I've been negative for UTIs in past?

See doctor ASAP: Even though your previous symptoms apparently were not due to infection, there is a definite risk of UTI after urinary tract procedures like cystoscopy. You might need an antibiotic. Immediately contact the doctor who did the cystoscopy. Good luck!

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Period 3 weeks late, preg tests neg. When it came heavy w/ huge blobs of flesh came out. Ended quick. Uti symptoms aftr. Now brown spotting week later?

Period 3 weeks late, preg tests neg. When it came heavy w/ huge blobs of flesh came out. Ended quick. Uti symptoms aftr. Now brown spotting week later?

Irreg period: Your description is consistent with an early miscarriage, or shedding of an overly stimulated lining of your womb. See your healthcare provider for an ultrasound and testing. If the bleeding ended abruptly, it may be related to a blockage in your cervical canal, which will allow more bleeding once the clot or tissue is expelled.

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Uti 2 weeks ago, took 1 week of antibiotics (microbid) and then 1 week later, UTI symptoms returned. A urinalysis was negative. What could it be now?

Uti 2 weeks ago, took 1 week of antibiotics (microbid) and then 1 week later, UTI symptoms returned. A urinalysis was negative. What could it be now?

UTI: If your doctor took a urine culture and the organism was sensitive to the antibiotic, you have a repeated source of infection (tampons, intercourse, urethral abnormalities, etc). Some utis, especially in women, can be due to other processes that don't respond to antibiotics (e.g., malakoplakia). It is best to follow up with your doctor and/ or consult a specialist - a urologist, if you haven't.

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What are common/possible causes of orchitis ALONE. NO UTI symptoms. NO epidyimitis on US. STD NEGATIVE. What can this be/ could caused this?

What are common/possible causes of orchitis ALONE. NO UTI symptoms. NO epidyimitis on US. STD NEGATIVE. What can this be/ could caused this?

Infection: Infection (viral or bacterial) is the most common cause. The infection may not be due to an STD. Brucellosis can also cause it, (per wikipedia). If you've had trauma to the urethra, it can do it, tool. Sometimes an infection will not be evident on routing testing. Many docs would try an round of antibiotics even if cultures negative. If you aren't getting answers from your doc, get 2nd opinion

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Having uti symptoms for ovet 2 weeks already. Now after culture my dr perscribed macrobid. But already having lover back pain and side pain.?

Start antibiotic.: Whether your UTI is just in the bladder or has now involved the kidneys, the antibiotic choices are generally the same, and MacroBid is generally a good choice. The only difference may be the duration - two weeks for a kidney infection versus three for a bladder infection. So start the antibiotic and follow up with your doctor in a few days to make sure you're improving.

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Having UTI symptoms...Pain, bloating...By it will come and go. Had a urine test and it came out negative. My lower left back is in a lot of pain righ above my tailbone. What could be ggoing on?

Having UTI symptoms...Pain, bloating...By it will come and go. Had a urine test and it came out negative. My lower left back is in a lot of pain righ above my tailbone. What could be ggoing on?

More tests: Kidney discomfort is usually on the side and back just below the waistline. If you're still having a lot of pain I recommend some imaging tests to check for kidney stone, etc. Urine testing may be negative if urine flow from the left kidney is completely blocked. Musculoskeletal pain would be aggravated by bending, turning while kidney pain may not be.

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Dr. James Lin
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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

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