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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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... ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can I have kidney stones with out a uti? Justgot a nnegative result but still pain while urine and pain in the lower adomen

Yes: It is possible to have a kidney stone without any abnormality showing up on the urine dip test. See your doctor - a CT scan may be needed. ...Read more

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I had my first kidney stone with colic. I'm two pills away from being done with the keflex. Is it normal to just now feel a UTI coming on?

I had my first kidney stone with colic. I'm two pills away from being done with the keflex. Is it normal to just now feel a UTI coming on?

Yes: Keflex is typically used from gram positive bacteria, mostly staph. The #1 source of a UTI is e. Coli. The other causes would be proteus. Keflex does very little against gram negative bacteria. Therefore, it is possible to have a UTI coming on.

See your physician and have a urinanalysis done with a culture and sensitivity. ...Read more

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Recurrent uti's why could this be? Tried everything. Is it normal to just be prone? Also this time brown discharge. History of kidney stones

Recurrent uti's why could this be? Tried everything. Is it normal to just be prone? Also this time brown discharge. History of kidney stones

Need ua c&s: You need to have a urine analysis with culture and sensitivity. Also, pelvic ultrasound. Did you ever have abdominal or pelvic surgery. If so, your at risk for other problems. Well then once you have identified the causative organism, you can begin treatment. I am not sure you would benefit from bladder training. Any problems found on imaging will need followed. ...Read more

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I'm on alprim for a month to stop utis as I suffered from reoccurring ones. Had kidney stones removed. I feel nauseated all the time no appetite weak?

I'm on alprim for a month to stop utis as I suffered from reoccurring ones. Had kidney stones removed. I feel nauseated all the time no appetite weak?

Trimethoprim: This medication can produce the symptoms you are having, as can many other conditions. There are other forms of antibiotic prophylaxis that can be tried for UTI and you need to discuss this with the doctor treating you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can kidney stones cause uti and yeast infections?

Can kidney stones cause uti and yeast infections?

Facilitate: Stones do not cause infection, but make it more likely for infection to occur.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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How come I have urinary tract infections and kidney stones all the time?

How come I have urinary tract infections and kidney stones all the time?

Good question.: I would advise that you consult with a urologist to answer this question. You will need imaging and lab studies, but a cause can hopefully be identified and therefore treated. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a UTI or kidney stone cause vaginal bleeding?

Highly unlikely: Kidney stones and uti's cause blood in the urine. Make sure it's vaginal bleeding with a tampon. Then follow up with a gynecologist if it is or a urologist it's not. ...Read more

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Why does having kidney stones make a UTI more of a concern? My labs suggest UTI. Stones shown on ultrasound.

Why does having kidney stones make a UTI more of a concern? My labs suggest UTI. Stones shown on ultrasound.

Stagnation of urine: Kidney stones may interfere with the normal flow of urine. Stagnation of urine and damage to the epithelium by stones both predispose to infection.
Drink enough water so that your urine is colorless to prevent growth of stones and to prevent new ones from forming. ...Read more

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I have to push really hard to pee. There's no pain and no other symptoms of a UTI. Could it be kidney stones?

Kidney stones: Usually cause pain and blood in urine. Your symptoms are not typical for kidney stones, but more of urethritis or bladder outlet obstruction. Consult with a urologist. ...Read more

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