UTI :: Constant Kidney Infections - Antibiotics For Life?
Jun 12, 2009
I'm 23 and have had trouble with Kidney infections all my life.
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When i was little i had trouble with wetting the bed until i was 8years old.
All my life i've had infections, some urine but mostly kidney. When i was 20 I developed acute pyelonephritis which overnight turned into septicaemia and i was rushed into theatre with suspected internal bleeding.
I've seen specialists in Dorset, Somerset and Gloucestershire and have had loads of scans and xrays which all confirm there is nothing wrong with my kidneys.
The only symptoms i get are pain (always always my left kidney only) and cloudy urine. I seem to get these about once a fortnight - i'm so sick of antibiotics (which don't even work that well anymore) that i've stopped going to doctors and just try to cope with it on my own by drinking loads of water and taking painkillers.
Its been suggested that i take a permanent antibiotic which i take everyday for the rest of my life - but i'm only 23 and i hate taking drugs for anything.
I worry that when i'm older i will get kidney failure. I just CANNOT believe that a normal healthy person can get this many infections and nothing be wrong? Or that there is nothing that can be done about it. The specialist in Gloucestershire told me "It's very common and unfortunately technology hasn't advanced enough to deal with the disorder, so there's nothing we can do".
I feel sick, tired and emotional everytime this happens and its so hard to cope with work, university, keeping a house and being a single mum to a 2 year old when i feel this ill. I manage but it makes me cry a lot.
For the past few years now i have suffered with constant water infections, its always pain in my right side, sometimes i'm sick with it and my back feels like it could break. It can also go into my groin area and down my leg also. I've had CT scans and another type of test which all came back as normal which was last year. I don't understand how it can be nothing as the pain is horrendous and all they do is take a urine sample and give me antibiotics. Does anyone else suffer with this? I wasn't sure if it was when i drank alcohol which is very rare but sometimes i get a water infection and sometimes i don't. The hospital put me on antibiotics for 6 months changing them every 2 months and i still managed to get a water infection on them. I am now having blood tests again and will presume i may have to go for all scans again but just wondered if anyone has had the same problem and had any advice on what it could be or what i could do?
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I visited a hospital on 5/15/14 with symptoms of a swollen and severe sore throat (a lot of pain when swallowing) and a 100 f temperature; my throat also had white patches on it. When the doctor saw my throat he said it looks like you have strep. Then he did the 5-10 minute strep swab test but it came back negative. Nevertheless, he still thought I most likely had it and that I should start treatment. We also tested for mono on that day and since then they haven't called back for that (if they don't call back assume negative they say).
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He prescribed Amoxicillin 500 MG X2 daily for ten days. So far I have taken 2,000 MG (over the course of 2 days) and my throat still seems the same in regard to pain. The only thing that consistently seems to help my pain is Ibuprofen.
Should I worry? Should I go back to the hospital to see what's going on?
I have been diagnosed with strep throat twice i took my antibiotics but i still have constant sore throats and also on my throat wall i have a pretty large lump that really worries me i've had it for some time now it doesn't hurt but looks bad.
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Lichen Sclerosus :: bladder infections and antibiotics .... share your stories here
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Hello I am 19 years old I have been suffering with bladder and kidney infections since I was 14. I was admitted to hospital to find out what was wrong with me nothing could be found, I think I have tried every antibiotic under sun...nothing seems to help, I suffer with them every few mounts or so on and off.
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When I fall ill with one I'm very ill it puts in bed for days with terrible pain and fever, I'm young and starting university very soon...I don't know anyone who suffers as bad as me and I struggle to get to the doctors a lot with being a full time student, it's so unbearable and frustrating can anyone help?.
I have suffered for a few years now with my kidneys, first starting off with when I drank alcohol. A few days later I would get really ill with a kidney infection and given antibiotics. It then became more common to get them without drinking. I would also inbetween this get recurring bladder infections.
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I am 19, a female, and have had various tests (ct scan, dye put in my arm through a drip to see any problems clearer and a few ultrasounds) done to check the structure of my kidney is all okay and that there isn't any obstructions ( all seems to be okay, and they didn't think that it would be worth looking with a cystoscope just yet.) However something worth noting is that I always seem to have invisible blood in my urine that is discovered through dipstick tests. And recently my brother has been having the same kidney problems (kidney infection, especially after drinking alcohol).
I am also now on medication called 'Hiprex' it has antiseptic qualities to try and prevent getting UTI's/kidney infections however doesn't seem to be working as I still get them.
Really getting fed up now, as when I get ill with it I get super achy, all of my glands swell up, a dry mouth so constantly thirsty and weeing loads, especially at night, and dull aches in my back.
Once when passing urine I passed out from a pain in my right lower side. But like i said, no kidney stones or any problems structurally.
Has anyone else been going through this too? Any ideas what could be wrong?
In Jan '09 I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I opted to have a hysterectomy due to I was done having kids. I had it done in feb '09. Doctor said that everything look fine and sent me home. I called the doctor's office daily complaining of pain. They told me I was being lazy and needed to get up and walk around more. They said I was having gas pains. Finally the doctor told me to get gas ex that would help. I went back to work about 6 weeks later. While I was at work I started leaking urine. The next day I went back to the doctor (OB) and all he could say is I don't know what is wrong. they but a catheter on me and I was still leaking around that. They ran test after test. Finally when that day was over they sent me home with a catheter and said get some rest come back tomorrow and talk to the urology department we have no clue. I had 3 kids husband out of town working and I am in severe pain. My mother in law took me to the doctor the next day and he said oh your ureter was damaged during surgery we just need to do a minor surgery to put a stent in there and you will be as good as gold. They did the surgery that day. When I woke up they told me that I had 15 mins to get my head on right cause I had to go to the hospital to have a nerostophy tube put in my ureter was actually cut in half. I had no clue what was going on. My mother in law took me over there where I was admitted into the hospital for my 2nd surgery that day. When the doctors there but the tube in they hit my main nerve in my back so every time I would breathe I would get sharp shooting pains up my back. I was sent home with cather and tube for 6 weeks. then in 6 weeks I have a Ureter replacement surgery. The doctor there did wonderful. But to this day I get kidney infections VERY easily and I am ALWAYS in pain in my right side on my back right by my kidney. I was wondering does anyone else have this problem?
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I have RA, fibromyalgia, and diabetes II. I have been dealing with kidney stones for 10 years. The last 4 years have involved kidney infections and hospitalization. Last year I was near sepsis and placed in the ICU. Since then I have been experiencing RA/Fibro flare-ups that are worsening. I have had mono 3 times (infancy, twenties, and early thirties). I am wondering if I have it again and whether the kidney infections caused it or were a result of the EBV in my system.
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I have never really posted on any board before, so I don't know what to do or what to say. But. I am currently experiencing my 6th UTI and the pain is beginning to radiate to my back already; I believe I have a kidney infection. I just turned 18 years old during the holiday and I never really had a problem with UTIs until 8 months ago when I had my first kidney infection. It was the worst pain I had ever experienced. I had the UTI for a week prior and I was just using monistat since that had worked for me the one other time I had one, and when the pain reached my back I didn't tell my mom until three days after and I was taken to the hospital right then. Anyways, they gave me strong antibiotics and sent me on my way home after hours of IV tries and ultrasounds. The antibiotics worked wonderfully and I finished the bottle like instructed. After a few weeks I had another UTI, so I went to see my doctor and I was given more antibiotics. I didn't think anything of it and I just took my medicine as instructed.
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My third and fourth UTI snuck up on me about three and a half weeks after my second and that was when I was kind of worried. I know something is not right, but I don't have an ob/gyn to consult with as I'm not sexually active (but I will be making an appointment with one and getting a referral for urologist). So I went to my doctor again and I was diagnosed with a kidney infection and sent off with more antibiotics and that single pill that clears up the uti (i don't remember the name). I thought that it had finally worked and I was going to be a-okay until Dec. 23rd when I got my fifth UTI. I went to the hospital, was given a shot (a steroid, maybe? All I know is that it burned) and it cleared up until the day after my birthday on the 28th. I haven't been able to get out to my doctor yet for antibiotics and I'm not a fan of hospitals so now I'm beginning to have flank pain all the way up to beneath my right shoulder blade.
This was rather lengthy but Is there anything that could be causing these recurrent UTIs and kidney infections that I should bring up to my doctor? Because whenever I go there, I pee in a cup and get sent home with antibiotics and "this will nip it in the bud!" but it's back within a month. I'm probably not wording myself right (it's 2AM) but I just want to know if anyone else has had this and what worked for them/their diagnosis?
Can wearing panties cause the uti's?
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Since last Weds evening, about 5-6 days ago, I felt like I was getting a UTI. Had persistent urge to pee, every 20 mins or so, all night, and sometimes I really had to go and sometimes just a dribble but felt like bladder not empty and I'd pee and immediately feel like I had to go again. Had some burning and general discomfort. I also felt like I might have a yeast infection - I have type 1 diabetes (24 years, am almost 45 yrs old, female) and get them often. So on Thurs symptoms still were there so went to gyno to do a urine sample that they said they'd send for culture. They gave me prescription for antibiotics, which I did not fill till the next morning - on Fri morning, still had frequency to pee and also some on and off left-sided flank pain, some lower back pain, some twinges on and off way low in my urethra area - that was all new. Started antibiotic on Fri. felt a tiny bit of relief but had reaction to Macrobid (sp?) so doc called in Cipro, which I started on Sat. By Monday still no better, was still peeing constantly and having the flank pain and back pain on and off. Went back to gyno who said my urine culture came back clear - no bacteria so this was not a UTI or kidney infection. He did say there was a trace of blood in the sample - but I have not seen any blood in my urine myself. Doc performed a pelvic exam to rule out ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids and all was normal. So he suggested it could be a kidney stone, to see the urologist so that is where I am. Still miserable and peeing constantly.
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I have never had kidney stones ever. Today still peeing all the time and some on and off back pain, hip pain and even some mild thigh pain - all both sides although flank pain is more left sided. It all comes and goes and is not excruciating and when my husband had a stone, he was in terrible pain and rushed to ER and ended up passing stone that night.
So here's the weird thing - since Sept I was experiencing upper right stomach pain, right under my ribs, nausea after large or fatty meals, constant burping, on and off constipation. So I had an ultrasound done to check for gallstones by my regular dr - everything was normal. They checked kidneys and no stones showed up on ultrasound. I am scheduled for a HIDA scan for gallbladder next week bc still having those symptoms but this urinary stuff is new. All blood work normal. Upper GI endoscopy normal also.
I am a mess! And I just want answers. Not sure if it's all related or I may be dealing with 2 separate conditions or maybe what I've been experiencing as gallbladder pain has been kidney-related all along.
Do all kidney stones show up on ultrasound or is it possible to still have them and have them not show up? That only a CT scan will catch?
Could the constant peeing still be a UTI/kidney infection without bacteria showing in urine culture?
I now have a yeast infection from the antibiotics and treating it. Could it worsen the peeing problem?
Has anyone ever had kidney stones that showed symptoms like this for a long period of time before the excruciating pain of passing happened? Or could this be a problem w/my kidneys and function? Being type 1 diabetic, I worry about this but all my regular kidney blood tests are always normal - I see doc ever 4 months for that.
Is it me or is this stuff a waste of time?
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I've had obout 20 lithotripsy's in 15 years of having continuous stones. They've never gotten my kidney completely empty of stones ever. I've had lithos, ureterscopy, PCNL. On meds but they can't seem to stop them from growing. I avoid alot of the things that cause stones or limit them. Got to have the 1 cup of coffee in the morning
On the day before litho, your suppose to eat light ( nothing that leaves residue in bowl) but they say you can have white bread or boiled chicken. (Why bother?) I usually only eat jello, gatorade, and just broth. Plus tons of water. The instructions say to drink the magnesium of citrate after dinner. Well to me dinner is after 6/7. But I thought this time I would take earlier since last time didn't start to move the bowels until i was in the hospital. Plus this stuff is awful- taste bad- even refrigeration like they suggest doesn't really help. Twice in past I threw it up.
So I took at 5 pm thinking it would work earlier. Nope. Nothing. Just stomach cramping and it finally started around 5 am after me getting up every hour during night. Still was working again while in hospital.
There has to be something better (tasting) and work faster. Plus less side effects. Or they should change instructions & say take a noon. Next litho (in 2-3 months) I'm taking a 1/2 day off day before and taking at noon. Maybe then can get a little sleep the night before procedure.
Sorry- felt like ranting as frustrated as its been two full days since litho and nothing passing yet. Plus I have a bad back (2 surgeries) which makes it hard to do the exercises where you drink 2 cups water, wait 30 minutes, then elevate kidney @ 45 degrees and stay like that for 30 minutes to try and get the pieces to move.
I was just wondering if anyone has protein in their urine with Chronic Kidney Disease and what did your doctor do about it if anything. I am trying to keep my GFR stable. The last time it went up a bit but am worried about the protein causing more damage quicker.
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Is it possible to have CKD or kidney failure without protein in urine?
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Last week my masseuse found a knot in my back that she suspects could be inflammation in my kidney. I've had some weird symptoms popping up over the last month like foot/ankle swelling, profound fatigue, leg cramps and blurry vision. This last week though I began developing SEVERE flank pain (like 9 on a 10 scale), back pain (started out lower, now entire back), horrible nausea, horrible headaches, shooting pains down my legs, metallic taste in mouth, dizziness and loss of appetite. Not to sound melodramatic but I feel like I'm dying. The pain is constant but the intensity seems to be moving in 24 hour cycles. Today I feel awful but I was able to shower/get dressed. Yesterday I couldn't even get out of bed. I slept for 16 hours. It's been going in that pattern for the last week and a half.
My doc did a urine culture last week, got results today and there was no protein in my urine, but I had 3+ ketones and a large amount of leukocytes. Blood work from a month ago just came in and my kidney numbers were off a month ago: BUN (32), Creatinine (1.8), eGFR (33). Between the symptoms and the blood test I'm thinking it sounds like renal failure, but could it be CKD without protein in the urine?
Thursday morning I spent the night in the ER with a kidney stone in the left kidney -- when they did a CT Scan - they came and told me that they made an "incidental finding" in the right kidney that is a problem -- they have discovered that I have a "Staghorn" kidney stone that has attached itself and almost completely filled the right kidney. He said that I will not pass it and now my GP has made me an appt. with a Nurse Practitioner at the urologist's office for Tuesday morning to discuss my options. What are my options going to be?
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A while ago I had kidney stones, I was sent for a scan after, upon returning to my GP for the results of my test, he told me there were calcium deposits in my kidney that could mean I have another on the way, I've been trying to keep well hydrated and doing all I can to prevent a recurrence, because they're damn right evil, I've got away with it for quite a while now, last night I was woke up with the same pain I had when I had kidney stones, I sat on the toilet and waited for the pain so subside, it seems to have gone again for now, I was just wondering if I'm supposed to avoid eating foods rich in calcium, I'm also lactose intolerant and with all this I'm starting to wonder if I'm going to en up deficient in calcium.
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In the last week of Jan I was diagnosed with a bad kidney infection and given a weeks antibiotics (can't remember the name). After 2 weeks feeling no better I went back to docs with a sample and the infection was still there and given 3 day course of antibiotics (naturfranton (not sure of spelling)) and was told to come back again the next week with a sample. This time the sample was clear but a week later I was back with flank pain and generally feeling unwell, there was no infection in urine but I was sent for blood tests to test my kidney function etc and sent for an ultrasound. All of these tests came back clear. 2 weeks later back again feeling unwell, nausea, pain around bladder, upset stomach and received 3 day course of trimethoprim. I finished this course and finally felt normal only ten days later to be back with nausea and kidney pain and I am currently on a 5 day course of amoxicillin.
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I'm not sure if this infection is one that will just not go away or recurring infections.Has anyone else ever had this problem and what did it take to get rid of the infection? I,ve never had kidney infections before and never had antibiotics before this ( I am 18 ) any help is welcome, I am sick of being sick at this point.
I have general questions on those 3 above. Recently I have experience side effects ( I think) from the above medication and would like to decide if it is worth taking anything in addition to prednisone. Side effects are mainly with stomach and lately with cramps in the leg muscles. First I had constipation for month or so; lately it is soft stool, and frequent bathroom visits. I think side effects are caused by complete change in the bacteria culture in the intestines killed by antibiotics. What also does not help is PPI interfering with mineral absorption and ( most likely) causing low potassium and magnesium levels and thus muscle cramps.
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- How often are antibiotics and PPI given along with prednisone?
- How necessary is PPI if I take split dose, 5 mg each, and with lots of yogurt?
- After taper, at what level of pred one does not need antibiotics and/or PPI?
I have my monthly appointment with rheumatologist this week and would like to prepare for it.
Had the symptoms for over a week, went to the doctors to be diagnosed with pleurisy. been given a five day course of antibiotics and ibuprofen. How long does it normally last for before the symptoms ease off. Also can going to work make my condition worse? sorry if this has been asked before , new to this site.
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I am 32 years old male. I was diagnosed with prostatitis. What does it mean? Anyone have prostatitis? I also have fever. Can antibiotics help me?
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