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What causes the horrible pain associated with a uti?
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
In brief: Probably cystitis.
This is likely due to a cystitis or bladder infection that might have a silent upper tract involvement or pyelonephritis, which is a kidney infection.
This can present with flank pain, fever and chills, and dysuria or pain/difficulty on urination. A sexually transmitted pathogen can also cause pain. The cause must be treated with antibiotics, like tmp-smx (trimethoprim-sulfamethoxasole).

In brief: Probably cystitis.
This is likely due to a cystitis or bladder infection that might have a silent upper tract involvement or pyelonephritis, which is a kidney infection.
This can present with flank pain, fever and chills, and dysuria or pain/difficulty on urination. A sexually transmitted pathogen can also cause pain. The cause must be treated with antibiotics, like tmp-smx (trimethoprim-sulfamethoxasole).
Dr. Joseph Woods
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