Patient Comments: Kidney Infection - Symptoms

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Comment from: WIborn, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

My kidney infection symptoms started about 6 days ago. It started with an unbearable, piercing pain in my right side, kind of where my kidney is, but eventually took over the whole right flank. I hated driving because I felt delirious and thought I would crash. At first I thought it was just the flu. It hurt a little to urinate, I was vomiting, had a constant fever, and my whole body ached. I passed the flank pain on as possible gas and the deliriousness as from the fever. Finally on day 3 after I noticed my pee, no matter how much water I drank, was not its normal color (has an orangish/brownish tint to it) and suffered from three nights of the worst chills and night sweats of my life, I went to see a doctor. Sure enough, it was a kidney infection. As long as I keep myself pumped full of Tylenol the fever and shakes stay away, but if I don"t take it on time it returns with a vengeance. I was told the antibiotic will take a few days to really kick in so I just lay around and waited, popping Tylenol like its candy. The vomiting and sweats still aren"t gone. That's still controlling me. I will say, that aside from internal bleeding I"ve had before, this has got to be the worst physical pain I"ve ever been in.

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Comment from: Tracie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I have had 2 previous severe kidney infections over the last couple of years, with sepsis (Infection in the blood) as well. Both times I was hospitalized for 5 days and administered IV antibiotics and fluids. I am in the midst of another. At the moment, I have severe, constant pain in abdomen, as well as lower back, flank pain, frequent urination and elevated temperature. Urinary analysis showed up clean, but as my doctor told me, that doesn"t mean I don"t have UTI (urinary tract infection), or kidney infection. I have been given antibiotics and they will be monitoring my condition. As I know that feeling of the pain in my flank area and abdomen, I am at the doctor"s the minute I have these signs. I can"t stress enough to listen to your body, and act as soon as possible, as it can be life threatening if left untreated. Sepsis is fatal in 50% of cases said my specialist, and needs immediate IV antibiotics. You may not have all the symptoms, but best to be checked out, even if symptoms are mild.

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Comment from: sherrylp, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I had back pain, then right front side pain. I thought it was appendicitis. I went to the emergency room; after CT scan and urine test, diagnosis was kidney infection again! I had IV and antibiotics and was sent home with Cipro. Four days later, I made emergency room calls, I was resistant to Cipro; now am on Macrobid. More symptoms came while the Cipro wasn't working: chills, dizziness, fever, hot flashes and sleeping a lot. This is my 5th serious infection in 2 years with less serious ones also. Two different doctors and no results as to what is going on. I am very depressed this round.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

It started with sharp back pain, followed by nausea (I hadn't had anything to eat for almost 10 hours) and total exhaustion. I slept for almost 12 hours but, not restful sleep. I was in so much pain in the lower part of my stomach, my back and surprisingly, around my buttocks. I was treated at one point with bursitis (got shots for it). Well, it felt like I had a severe case of it all about my sides, buttock, thighs. The pain went down my legs. I called my new PPO (preferred provider organization) doctor. He told me to head to the hospital. I went and once there, they put me on an IV, did an EKG, took a urine sample and followed up with CT scan. About 1 1/2 hours later, I was told I was suffering with a kidney infection. I went home with an antibiotic (every 6 hours till finished) and a pain killer.

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Comment from: Youngmom31, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I just left the hospital after receiving IV antibiotics and fluids for 2 days because I have a really bad kidney infection. It started a week before with flu like symptoms, aches, chills, fever shaking and really severe pain in my right back, side and all the area from my spine around to mid front and from my right hip up to my ribs. It was the most horrible pain I have ever been in. Oral Medications were just not enough. But even IV pain Medications didn't not take away all my pain. Even after being released I am still sore and weak. Now I am on oral Medications for the infection and pain. I hope when I go back to the doctor in one week it is all gone.

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