Urology :: Repetitive UTIs And Kidney Infections?
Jan 3, 2016
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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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.
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'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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All of this started a few months ago. I had a really bad phase with a lot of panic attacks and severe depression etc. Shortly after all of this calmed down i couldn't stop flexing my toes for about a month. I had this urge to just flex them, often bad enough to the point where my toes started cramping. It stopped from one day to the other and since then its my eyes. I can't stop squeezing them shut. The urge to do this is unbearable. It feels worse with the right eye. I just have this unbearable urge to squeeze them shut or to blink really hard. I try not to do this which evolves in repetitive blinking all day long. I can't stop. Well, I can, but it's driving me crazy. This awful urge in my eyes isn't going away and I feel like my eyes are burning when I stop. It's horrible. I had people comment on this. Mostly my parents. My mother asked me at least 10 times now what's up with my eyes and she seems really annoyed about it. I tried to explain it to her but she reacted really pissed off. I don't know why. I googled a bit and read a lot about Tourette's and I'm afraid that might be it? I don't know what I'm supposed to do? This goes on all day long and I can't handle it anymore. I don't even want to be around anyone anymore because it's not stopping. To have this urge and this feeling all day is killing me. Is there anything I can do? What happens when I tell a doctor about this? Is there anything they can do to stop this?
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I'm really in need of working my body. Now with osteoporosis diagnosis and so much muscle loss and Trochanteric Hip pain back, and other PMR pains still there when my Pred wears off...
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I need to exercise, but I'm confused...
I know, low reps. I should repeat several times a day, but forget.
I'm about to start PT again for hip and will make sure this guy doesn't make me work out to failure like my last experience, ugh.
I have a video for Qi Gong, but I don't like it as he seems to stay with same motion for so long. But as I type this I realize I could just stop and focus on breathing exercises...ha, answered that question.
My butt muscles are so gone now I struggle to keep pants up.
I do squat exercises but am I doing enough? I feel fairly strong, but I weigh so little now perhaps it doesn't take much.
I lift weights for my biceps, they actually look pretty good for a woman, Hee, Hee.
I know we are all different, when I feel good I try to do a little and I mean little extra, but sometimes I'll have new pain. Yoga I can do pretty well, but do tend to push myself...is it too much? I don't know. It is a gentle yoga class, very slow, I like it,,good teacher.
Not sure what I'm asking y'all but maybe just need to hear what others are going through. Those who still feel pains, what kind of exercises are you doing? Yes, I'm back up to a whoppin' mile walking, but sure would like to do more.
Do you walk several times a day? I walk a lot around house but does that count? Yes, better than sitting I know.
I work for a Software company since last 15 years. I suffer from Computer RSI which makes it very painful to use mouse/keyboard, hold a pen and such things. Nothing has been revealed in my MRI or nerve conduction studies which is making it very challenging to convince people at work, who are not very aware of RSI.
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Can you point out to any resources at Internet to show that RSI can be a severe problem even when nothing shows up in your investigations?
Has Computer RSI been formally accepted by medical science as a diseases?
Okay so, I'm 20. Um okay so, i keep having thoughts about my ex.. Me and him have been in a very toxic relationship for years since high school and I feel as though it was just so toxic that it didn't allow us to grow or to really be who we truly are.. But.. Yeah we weren't together anymore and all he wants now is just sex from me.. And I'm so attached I dream about him with other girls and I constantly think about the arguments we had things he has said things I have said just constantly playing back things and now I'm starting to talk to myself like I my head I'm starting to be nicer to myself and allowing those thoughts to just come and go and I am constantly forgiving myself and telling myself that I cannot control any of those situations and I tell myself that or worrying and overthinking will not resolve anything but just makes matters worse... And I have repetitive thoughts about anything that I feel so insecure about, I've started praying and asking God to help me.. Is there anything else I can do? I've also started meditating I don't do much like I just started getting back into school consistently everything that I do is inconstant. Everything so I'm starting to be better at things
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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?
I'm only 27 and had an appendectomy a few weeks ago for perforated appendicitis with peritonitis. Following removal of the catheter, I couldn't urinate. They said it would get better, but three days later I went home with a catheter. 1200ml urine was drained. The surgeon suspected urethritis with a spasm of the bladder sphincter.
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I was hospitalized 2 days later, and a Urologist told me to wait a few more days. We waited 4 days and there was not much improvement following catheter removal. Further diagnostics were performed. Urodynamics showed a severe obstructed flow and bladder outlet obstruction. CT showed a mildly heterogeneous prostate: prostration and urethritis.The Urologist concluded I had a stricture considering I was having a split urine stream for as long as I could remember and an epididymitis episode 3 months prior.
Cystoscopy was performed and a small incision was made at the bladder neck. I was catheterized for 5 days and after it was removed, the flow was much stronger than I can remember. I had some bloody discharge for the first 10 days. That was followed by lots of bleeding and clots in my urine for the next 15 with burning upon urination. I was given antibiotics. Bleeding stopped at 4 weeks. I have had two wet dreams so I don't have retrograde ejaculation which was a big concern.
Now my only worry is erections. I had really strong nocturnal erections in the first few days (even with the catheter). However, erections were painful in the sense my urethra felt like it was on fire. These erections woke me up several times at night.
The pain at night subsided but now I find that my morning erections are not rock hard. Sometimes, when I touch my erect penis, the burning pain stings. I get erections through stimulation too. But sometimes, especially when I touch my penis it hurts. I really haven't tried to achieve a full blown erection because of this fear. This burning pain occurs when I'm flaccid but that is rare. Sometimes, I also get a dull pain in the tip of the penis. In fact, my whole system feels "sore" as if I had sex only a few hours ago. It's been almost 5 weeks. I had contacted my GP when the pain first started and Urologist a few days later but they don't think much of this. I can't seem to find anything about this online.
Once I can get pain-free rock hard erections, I'll be much happier to have had the surgery since my urinary symptoms have improved. I had never considered a slowish split stream to be a problem before.
I am a 32 year old female. With Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, and otherwise very healthy, except for a recent issue this summer with C.Diff/Clostridium Difficile after being given Augmentin antibiotic for bronchitis back in May. It killed all my good bacteria.. and have been on Flagyl and Vancomycin to treat the c diff damage Augmentin did. Back on Vanco a 2nd round.
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Anyways, a month and a half later after the cdiff started, I developed this weird "burning" sensation around and inside my urethra. I had no idea what it was. Never had a UTI before that I know of. Then, I noticed these little "specks"/particles that looked like teeny little skin flakes in my pee and sometimes its cloudy with it... and weird little "bubbles". there were 4 occasions.. where something that resembled a shred of lettuce, very small, but looked, like.. lettuce, even the little veiny lettuce leaf things... came out during urination. oddly, i had lettuce the day before 2 of those events. I am pretty sure it came out with my urine, as the toilets were perfectly clear beforehand... and it happened at my work toilet and at home. and i did not do a #2 during any of these incidents. these were all in afternoons/evenings. and i normally only have BM's first thing in the morning. even with cdiff. i never saw such a thing in my pee before. then again, i never exactly looked all the time at my pee. until the burning thing started... then yeah, i was paying attention.
So, I do not have insurance, and was under the care of a Gastroenterologist at the main city hospital for the cdiff and he was letting me see him for free for 3 appointments as a courtesy thing. So, I told him how I thought I had a UTI, and if I have a UTI, I am in BIG trouble because that means I would need an antibiotic.. and I cant be on any other antibiotics as it would cause me to have a major c.diff setback or even kill me.
So, he ordered me to get a Urinalysis by Microscopy and Urine Culture test at the lab downstairs to their office. The urinalysis came back all normal/negative.. except trace ketones and trace mucus. everything else was fine. Urine culture came back and no Leukocytes, etc. BUT... it had 3 bacterias.. but within "normal limits". it just said "#1.. gram negative rods 2,000 count #2. gram neg rods 3,000 #3 Lactobacillus species 50,000. colonies per ML. Lab paper just says most likely sample collection contamination due to the mixed bacterias found. repeat if they wanted to. and that was it. doc said they don't treat unless its over 100,000 colonies. and they considered it a non-UTI. is this correct?
So... question is... is this actually even an "infection"??? The burning went away for several days, actually.
BUT I am currently taking probiotics.. for the cdiff treatment. LOTS and lots of Lifeway Kefir...which contains.. lactobacillus.........
so, could this be that its somehow getting into my urine? or... vaginal contamination how i did the sample collection? just funyn how it happens to be.. just that bacteria.
I know docs thought perhaps I may have IC back in 2007, but was never tested for anything. That was after I was having chronic urination... im talking 20-30 times a night. AFter they ruled out other problems and diabetes.
Also, can baking soda help fix this "problem"?
I found blood in urine yesterday (Saturday) So today I went to urgent care.
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The following tests were performed:
"CBC With Differential"
"Comprehensive Metabolic Panel"
"Urinalysis With Microscopic"
"XR Abdomen AP."
Doctor said that everything appeared normal, but my GP may follow up with a CT scan. Why? I'm really scared about this, but I thought something really serious like a malignancy would show up in blood work.
feeling lot of pain while urinating most frequently. Sometimes the pain is less sometimes very high. i had habit of masturbating. One day after masturbating the pain started and is continuing now. Please can u say any remedy for this. any medication.
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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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