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What is the difference between a UTI and a kidney stone?

What is the difference between a UTI and a kidney stone?

Infection/metabolic: A UTI is an infection caused by bacteria that crawl up inside the urethra and invade tissue. A kidney stone is a collection of crystals that clump together in the kidney then travel down the tubes into the bladder then out through the urethra. A kidney stone and an infection may co-exist.

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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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Can't hold urine, always same amount. Had tests its not UTI or kidney stones. What could it be I'm 26 & worried. Thankyou?

Can't hold urine, always same amount. Had tests its not UTI or kidney stones. What could it be I'm 26 & worried. Thankyou?

Leaking urine: This may be related to obstetric trauma e.g. Due giving birth. If the leaking occurs with coughing, laughing, or straining, we call it stress incontinence. A urologist or gynecologist can help you.

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Having pain in my RUQ front and back for 3 days. Been seen by PCP and ER. I don't have my gallbladder, no signs of UTI or kidney stones. Blood normal.

Having pain in my RUQ front and back for 3 days. Been seen by PCP and ER. I don't have my gallbladder, no signs of UTI or kidney stones. Blood normal.

It could be: Any number of 100's of things, from shingles, liver problems, basal pneumonia, intra abdominal adhesions, appendicitis, etc. Consult with a gi specialist or surgeon if symptoms persist.

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Is it possibly to have a UTI and pass kidney stones at the same time?

Is it possibly to have a UTI and pass kidney stones at the same time?

Yes: Sometimes the kidney stone causes urine to be trapped and infected. And sometimes patients have kidney stones without an infection. You can still however have both entities at the same time. Good luck

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I seem to always get uti's, is there a way to stop this? I also have had kidney stones for 8 years.

I seem to always get uti's, is there a way to stop this? I also have had kidney stones for 8 years.

Frequent UTIs: I would recommend you see a urologist for office of valuation of recurring and/or frequent urinary tract infections. In addition, you need to know what your status currently is with kidney stones. It is possible the stones could be harboring infection especially if they're large.

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Is the symptoms of a UTI and kidney stones the same? And what test would be off with kidney stones?

Is the symptoms of a UTI and kidney stones the same? And what test would be off with kidney stones?

Different: There is not enough space to address your questions thoroughly, please consult these sites. Stones may be asymptotic and the best test may be imaging study. Http://www. Webmd. Com/a-to-z-guides/urinary-tract-infections-in-teens-and-adults-topic-overview http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/kidney-stones/ds00282.

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I was diagnosed with a 5mm kidney stone and UTI on July 22. On medications and pain pills still have pain just not as bad. What to do?

I was diagnosed with a 5mm kidney stone and UTI on July 22. On medications and pain pills still have pain just not as bad. What to do?

KIDNEY STONE: Sounds like you are being given the chance to pass the stone which always beats the alternative. I would first recommend that you DRINK, DRINK, and DRINK. Water that is. Lemonade is fine too but you don't want to overdo the calories. Over hydrate yourself so you literally flush that stone out. Secondly, move around as much as you can. Jar it loose and use gravity to your advantage. GOOD LUCK.

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My girlfriend had a UTI which spread to her kidney. She also had a kidney stone in her left kidney which when she passed it damaged the kidney causin?

My girlfriend had a UTI which spread to her kidney. She also had a kidney stone in her left kidney which when she passed it damaged the kidney causin?

Need to work with...: She needs a comprehensive counseling so to minimize undesirable recurrence of damaging the kidney. With a clear concept and practice of future care in mind, she will most likely know when, where, and how to take right action at right time under right circumstance. So, go to ask her urologist when & how to get the job done safely at present and in the future. Best luck...

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Can a kidney stone stay in the kidney for three years? Without symptoms other than utis. (Question about a 4 year old)

Can a kidney stone stay in the kidney for three years? Without symptoms other than utis. (Question about a 4 year old)

Yes: Kidney stones that are in the kidney are most often silent without any symptoms. If the stone is colonized with bacteria it could be a source of recurrent kidney infections.

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Will my 3mm kidney stone move faster since its in the upper right pole instead of lower? I have a UTI too. How long do you think it'll take to pass?

Will my 3mm kidney stone move faster since its in the upper right pole instead of lower? I have a UTI too. How long do you think it'll take to pass?

Not necessarily: The location of the stone with in the kidney in terms of whether it is in the substance of the kidney or the renal collecting system is more important than whether it is in the upper or lower pole. It is very hard to say when if ever it will pass. Uti may not be related to a 3 mm stone. I would consult a urologist for more of your questions. I can't say that your UTI is treated with antibiotics it may resolve hundred percent and for good.

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Thought I had a UTI about a week ago, but I think I actually passed a kidney stone. I feel great 2 days later. Do I still have to see the Dr? (19, F)

Thought I had a UTI about a week ago, but I think I actually passed a kidney stone. I feel great 2 days later. Do I still have to see the Dr? (19, F)

Not unless recurs: Symptoms of UTI include burning with urination, increased frequency & urgency, lower abdominal discomfort. Kidney stones can cause similar sx but more often with blood in urine & more severe pain that can be localized to unilateral mid/lower back or groin. If you are not having any ongoing sx and no fever, it is unnecessary to see MD now. But if persistently recurrent sx, see MD for evaluation.

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I have a kidney stone but do I also have a uti. Should I go to the er?

I have a kidney stone but do I also have a uti. Should I go to the er?

Yes...maybe?: If you have a kidney stone and the pain is manageable, then you should be ok. However, if you think you might have an infection, then you should probably at least be seen at an urgent care center and have your urine checked. If there is an infection, then you would need antibiotics at the very minimum. More likely you would need to have any blockage from the kidney stone treated asap.

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Had kidney stones in past removed. Checked for stones and they haven't returned. Reocurring UTI for years. Have UTI now, on alprim.?

Here are some. ..: Congratulate for no stone recurrence. However, I could not quite understand what is the point of this Q. If you concern why you're taking Alprim - for short-term treatment or long-term prevention? Just ask your doctor I'm sure you will be answered.

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I have kidney stones, and have had a UTI for the last 9 weeks. Weekly injections of Gentimicin given, but it's not shifting it, any ideas?

I have kidney stones, and have had a UTI for the last 9 weeks. Weekly injections of Gentimicin given, but it's not shifting it, any ideas?

Complex decisions: The next steps depend on the details of your case. If you are receiving weekly gentamicin you should be sure to have your blood levels checked, gentamicin can build up and damage your kidneys if the level rises. Also the bacteria in your urine should be checked for the level of sensitivity to this antibiotic and others with fewer risks. A urologist can help remove the stones if needed.

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I have had a UTI for a week, my urine is different with white tissue floating particules. I have a history of kidney stones could that be something?

I have had a UTI for a week, my urine is different with white tissue floating particules. I have a history of kidney stones could that be something?

Hard to tell: A urinary tract infection can cause sediment to form in the urine from break down of infection fighting cell, dead bacteria and bladder lining that was damaged by the infection. I would recommend completing your course of antibiotics and drinking large amounts of water to help flush this sediment out of your bladder. I don't think related to your history of kidney stones. But ask your md.

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About 1 month ago, I was diagnosed with kidney stones and a uti. The pain stopped, not sure if stone passed. In pain again. Can it subside and return?

About 1 month ago, I was diagnosed with kidney stones and a uti. The pain stopped, not sure if stone passed. In pain again. Can it subside and return?

Yes: It can be a UTI or kidney infection. You may be passing the stone. If your pain persists then see your doc.

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If I have a pain on my left side waist area and lower back, do I have kidney stones concidering I have freequent uti's?

If I have a pain on my left side waist area and lower back, do I have kidney stones concidering I have freequent uti's?

Could be: Your symptoms are not typical of renal stones, but do not exclude kidney stones. You should see your doctor for an evaluation, as it may require urine test and imaging. See this site for more information on the topic. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/kidney-stones/ds00282.

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Kidney Stone (Definition)

Solutes precipitate and combine to form stones formed of calcium oxalate usually around a nidus of uric acid. Other solutes that form stones are ca and mg phosphates, cystine, and uric acid staghorn calculi form in the presence of chronic urinary tract infections. Stones can be painful, may require ...Read more


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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