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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. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Low Back Pain (Definition)

Low back pain is pain that occurs in the back above the buttock area and below the ribs. Low back pain can be sharp, dull, intermittent or constant. Pain can be at rest or associated with activity. Back pain can also be accompanied with pain that shoots or radiates down into the lower extremities or legs which is frequently ...Read more


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Have lower back pain & some bladder pain yet I have no UTI symptoms so I'm not sure what could be going on. Any thoughts? Should I see dr or wait?

Have lower back pain & some bladder pain yet I have no UTI symptoms so I'm not sure what could be going on. Any thoughts? Should I see dr or wait?

See Dr: Whilst unusual, it is still possible to have a urinary tract infection with minimal symptoms. The lower back pain could also be referred pain from your lumbar spine, a common symptom of a pinched or irritated nerve. You need to see your doctor sooner for an examination as well as a Urine dipstick test to rule out an early urinary tract infection which can develop complications if left untreated. ...Read more

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I went to the doctor for a uti. They said there was no bacteria. Now I have lower back pain and still have UTI symptoms and I don't feel right.

Consider different: Consider going to different clinic or getting a second opinion. If doctor evaluated you using urinalysis, solely, then it's possible he/she missed the diagnosis. If he/she performed a urine culture and it returned negative, then diagnosis is true and pain may be due to something else. Cultures take a few days, if that helps. Signs uti: increased frequency and pain with urination. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have on specific point in between my shoulders where it seems to trigger lower back pain&ribs ihave history of uti, sometimes has same symptoms.

I have on specific point in between my shoulders where it seems to trigger lower back pain&ribs ihave history of uti, sometimes has same symptoms.

Muscle pain: With a trigger point, you could have a rib out of place or have rib muscle pain. Seek out a good doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.)
or a good chiropractic physician. They should be able to help. ...Read more

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I have constant lower back pain. 5 yrs.+. Positive leukocytes and positive nitrite s but no symptoms of uti. I also had bladder sling in 2002?

I have constant lower back pain. 5 yrs.+. Positive leukocytes and positive nitrite s but no symptoms of uti. I also had bladder sling in 2002?

Unlikely o be UTI: Constant low back pain is more likely o be due to problems wih your lumbar spine. Utis are no likely o cause pain like that. X-rays of the spine may help define the problem. If that is the cause, physical therapy may be very helpful. If spine films are normal, your doctor will need to look for other problems causing pain in ha area. ...Read more

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Had the following symptoms for 7 months: pain at tip of penis, testicle pain, lower back pain, painfull ejaculation. Treated for 2 UTI & balanitis.

Prostatitis: Most common diagnosis with those symptoms is prostatitis. Often requires a long course (4-6 weeks) of antibiotics. See a urologist. ...Read more

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Can a uti in men cause lower back pain?

Can a uti in men cause lower back pain?

Yes possible: Urinary tract infections in men can cause kidney issues. And this may be the cause of the back pain. The bacteria can travel from the urethra to the kidneys if not addressed and treated. So see doctor ...Read more

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Can upper and lower back pain occur with uti?

Can upper and lower back pain occur with uti?

Yes: A UTI also known as a bladder infection can spread up the ureters to the kidneys which rest inside your ribcage. ...Read more

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I think I have a uti? Sharp side and lower back pain on the right side?

UTI: Back pain has many causes. Pyelonephritis is a significant infection, usually causing fever, chills and muscle aches in addition to pain over the involved kidney. I would recommentd you see a physician and have a urinalysis and urine culture. It is also possible that you have a kidney stone. ...Read more

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Can a torso rash and lower back pain be a uti?

No: But if it is unilateral then one needs to consider shingles. ...Read more

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I have a UTI and won't be able to see my Doctor for two more days...Any thing I can do to ease the severe lower back pain?

I have a UTI and won't be able to see my Doctor for two more days...Any thing I can do to ease the severe lower back pain?

UTI: You can use Azo-stabdard over the counter and cranberry juice to relieve the pain. You should also increase your water intake but remember this only helps the symptoms but does nothing to treat the infection ...Read more

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Does having a UTI cause pretty bad cramping and lower back pain?

Does having a UTI cause pretty bad cramping and lower back pain?

Possibly: Back pain and cramping can be encountered if uti/infection ascends deep into the bladder, ureters or the kidneys. Uti's do not always do this and cramping/lower back pain can have many other causes, some less benign than a uti. If symptoms do not subside with antibiotic treatment, further evaluation by a doctor is indicated. ...Read more

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I'm getting checked today, but I wonder, can a woman have a UTI without burning urination? I have lower back pain and frequent nocturnal urination.

I'm getting checked today, but I wonder, can a woman have a UTI without burning urination? I have lower back pain and frequent nocturnal urination.

UTI or Diabetes: Yes. Of course. But you could have vaginal or cervical infection as well or instead of. The doctor is going to test the urine for sugar as well to rule out diabetes. ...Read more

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I've severe lower back pain for over a year now. The doctor's thought I had PID but I don't. I have had some cases of uti. What could be the problem?

I've severe lower back pain for over a year now. The doctor's thought I had PID but I don't. I have had some cases of uti. What could be the problem?

Evaluation: You need to be evaluated by a spine specialist. The pain may not be related to the history of uti. This may be structural in nature. ...Read more

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I took a home UTI test, negative results. I have lower back pain, low fever, trouble urinating completely, small amounts. Could this still be a UTI?

I took a home UTI test, negative results. I have lower back pain, low fever, trouble urinating completely, small amounts. Could this still be a UTI?

Yes, possible: That this was a false negative result. Symptoms are highly suggestive of uti. If you have fever and back pain, the infection might have spread to kidneys, so you should get to your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Last week I had a clump of clear discharge come out went to dr cervix is closed. Was having cramps and lower back pain but no uti. Now the pains worse?

Discharge: Since your pregnant, and the discharge is clear it may be normal. But I don't like the back pain issue. You need an u/a, and then an ultrasound since your pregnant, not xrays, ct scans since you are pregnant. Also a culture of the discharged may help. ...Read more

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Having constant lower abdominal&lower back pain for 3+wks. Neg 4 uti. Had lavh/bso in 2013 d/t endometriosis. Pain worse w/everyday activities. Help!

So sorry: For approximately 7 to 10% of women who undergo the surgery you had for endometriosis, these women still have pain related to endometriosis despite having the surgery. I'm so sorry you're going through this. The best you can do is see your gynecologist again. Maybe a trial of Lupron (leuprolide) to see if it helps with pain? Good luck and I'm so sorry. ...Read more

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Just had my period 2 weeks ago. It's not UTI. But I been experiencing mild cramping. Feeling sick through out the day. Lower back pain.

Just had my period 2 weeks ago. It's not UTI. But I been experiencing mild cramping. Feeling sick through out the day. Lower back pain.

Nonspecific: These symptoms are nondiagnostic but do sound like some degree of pelvic congestion at this time. It coincides with possible ovulation but is more uncomfortable than conception and implantation symptoms (if you've had unprotected intercourse). Your gynecologist is better qualified to advise you, however so consult him/ her if symptoms continue. ...Read more

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Having lower back pain. Was on Macrobid for 7days, pain started on last day. At Home UTI test positive for leukocytes but negative for nitrites. Help!

Having lower back pain. Was on Macrobid for 7days, pain started on last day. At Home UTI test positive for leukocytes but negative for nitrites. Help!

Not uti: This low back discomfort doesn't seem to be caused by a uti but is more likely due to musculoskeletal problems. If bending, etc aggravates it, it points to spinal origin. If you can take them, NSAIDS like ibuprofen may help. Your physician can evaluate you if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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HI, I've had recurring uti's for over a year now along with heavy periods andnnow also bleeding inbetween periods (clots) and lower back pain. I have

HI, I've had recurring uti's for over a year now along with heavy periods andnnow also bleeding inbetween periods (clots) and lower back pain. I have

Two conditions: The abnormal menstrual symptoms with dysfunctional bleeding and probable some form of hormonal imbalance are best evaluated and treated by a gynecologist. Recurrent urinary tract infections may be due to structural abnormalities of the urinary tract and are best evaluated by a urologist. ...Read more

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Right lower back pain (sometimes left), pelvic pain, sometimes rib pain. No pain during urinating. Sometimes urine dark than normal. Could this be uti?

Right lower back pain (sometimes left), pelvic pain, sometimes rib pain. No pain during urinating. Sometimes urine dark than normal. Could this be uti?

Atypical for UTI: Your pain seems to localize every except for the bladder. For this reason, I am going to suppose that this is not related to a uti. It could be bowel related. Nonetheless, based on the discoloration of your urine and your abdominal pain, a urine test is indicated. Talk to your ob/gyn! ...Read more

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L spine, CT scan came back normal, only have lower back pain. No uti, stones, etc. Would l spine show lower back tumor? Dr. Says l spine was normal?

MRI: Not likely cancer. Consider a non-contrast MRI of ls spine with flexion and extension, orthopedic or rehab doctor evaluation. May just be muscular, or sacroiliac joint. ...Read more

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In my urinalysis last april 1, the WBC is 0-3/hpf, the RBC is 0-2/hpf, and protein is negative. Do I have uti? Why do I have lower back pain doc? Tnx

In my urinalysis last april 1, the WBC is 0-3/hpf, the RBC is 0-2/hpf, and protein is negative. Do I have uti? Why do I have lower back pain doc? Tnx

Normal lab: The findings on urinalysis you've listed are within the normal range. If you're having any urinary symptoms, get a repeat urinalysis. If not, your back pain is most likely not coming from the urinary tract. ...Read more

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I have just had a ct scan and it showed my right kidney was enlarged I get slot of lower back pain and always have uti infections any idea of treatmen?

I have just had a ct scan and it showed my right kidney was enlarged I get slot of lower back pain and always have uti infections any idea of treatmen?

See remark: If it is uniformly slightly enlarged, with no evidence of enlargement of the ureter, one would watch it. Is your back pain on the right? Are the infections associated with bladder symptoms such as frequency, burning, leakage, etc
What did the physician recommend? You may need cystoscopy (looking inside bladder) by a urologist, and the urologist can ascertain cause of enlarged kidney ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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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


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