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What To Do If You Have A 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: Most true acute kidney infections (aka pyelonephritis), which is a UTI that has reached the kidney, are associated with having fever, chills, pain, and feeling ill. That said, there are certain types of kidney infections, especially chronic ones, that are not associated with any symptoms. ...Read more
Nothing: You can eat what ever you like when you have a kidney infection. ...Read more
Pyelonephritis: An infection of the kidney (pyelonephritis) results in severe back pain, high fever and nausea/vomiting. Unlike an infection only involving the bladder, the ascension of bacteria into the kidney is a dangerous event. If you have these symptoms it is important to see a doctor and have your urine tested. Untreated pyelonephritis can result in permanent kidney damage, blood infection or shock. ...Read more
Pyelonephritis: This disease often manifests with back pain, high fevers, chills, generalized malaise and sepsis. You can conceivably have chronic kidney infection without the classic symptoms, as with tuberculosis, etc., but this is not something you diagnose by yourself. See a good clinician if you think you may have a uti, get evaluated, diagnosed and treated. ...Read more
Yes you can: Yes you can have asyptomatic kidney infection. ...Read more
Unlikely: Nerves do span great distances, so referred pain can happen. Pain in the shoulder blades can be referred pain from irritated nerves. Nerves from the diaphragm can cause pain around the shoulder blades. The kidneys are not far, but not that close to the diaphragm. If the inflammation is large and there is kidney swelling as well, it could be possible, but unlikely. ...Read more
Maybe....: Maybe you don't actually have an infection after all? If you have pain in your side, burning urination and/or frequency, or blood in the urine, but your urine tests are "clear" (negative), you may not have an infection, but another problem, such as a stone. You may require further testing, such as imaging studies, to pin down your problem. ...Read more
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
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