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Flank pain, low back pain, abdomen pain

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  • Posted By: kellicav
  • May 29, 2007
  • 07:41 PM

I cannot get a diagnosis, can anyone help? I was hospitalized for seven days over seven weeks ago. I was diagnosed with a kidney infection that resulted in sepsis. The doctor said the sepsis was caused by mutation of e-coli bacteria in my system from the kidney infection. I had many diagnostics tests in the ER before adminission including CT scan, with and without contrast and ultrasound of the pelvis. I was in ICU for 4 days, then a step down unit for three. I was administered three different antiobiotics, flagyl, levaquin and one other I can't recall. After release, I felt weak for several days, however the lower back, abdominal and flank pain diminished that I had before and during hospitalization. Two weeks later, the lower back and flank pain returned. I was again diagnosed with bacteria in my urine and put on a seven day regimen of levaquin. After the seven days, I had blood tests and urine cultures that came back normal. The pain never went away, and continues now. It is intermittent. Sometimes very sharp, sometimes dull. It is in both sides (not always at the same time), lower back, sometimes a sharp pain right above the hip bone. I have occasional burning with urination, but not as acutre as with the infection. I have had a slight fever off and on and occasional nausea, but not severe. I am in pain about 12-16 hours of the day. I have been prescribed percocet for the pain. I was a referred by my primary care physician to a urologist, who cannot see me for several weeks(I am a new patient). My primary care physician ordered blood tests and urine tests. All came back normal. I also had another CT scan without contrast three weeks ago. The results were "normal" with no evidence of calculi, although it was noted on the test that without contrast it is difficult to ascertain. The physician conferred with the urologist who ordered a renal lasix scan. The scan came back normal, except for a slight slowness on the left side. I am now still two weeks away from my appointment. Is there anything else I can add to assist the urologist and get a diagnosis?

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  • Go see a gyneco, maybe the infection is not coming from the bladder.I had the same symptoms, since I didn't have an std they did look any further but I had a strepto & e-coli infection that gave me PID and needed to get my tubes out because of to much infection and scaring. It took about 4 years and 2 laparoscopy to get diagnosed.
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  • Thanks for the reply. I had a hysterectomy when I was 25 and only have one ovary left. It is on both sides, so I don't suspect ovarian cysts which I have had many years ago.
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