I am 17 years old and have been suffering from recurrent pyelonephritis. It all started in May 2007, I experienced extremely painful lower back pain and was taken to the ER. There I was diagnosed with a kidney infection and was given antibiotics to take for a week. While I was taking the antibiotics all symptoms subsided and I was feeling better. Once I had finished the course of antibiotics about a day after I got worse than I did the previous time. Once again I found myself in the ER where I was admitted to hospital for 4 days. I had a very high fever, severe nausea, blood in my urine, and the constant urge to urinate. During my stay in hospital I had numerous blood and urine tests, an x-ray and an ultrasound. The urine tests showed signs of infection and blood, yet the x-ray and ultrasound apparently showed that everything was fine.
Almost 7 months on and I have had about 6 kidney infections since then, I have not been admitted to hospital since but I have been seeking medical advice. I have been to many GPs and two have suggested that I may have reflux. This basically means that as I pass urine, some of it is pushed up from the bladder up the ureter and eventually gets to my kidney - which allows the infection to breed.
I have been scheduled for a micturating cystogram for next Wednesday and have just been referred to a consultant surgeon, I am waiting for his reply.
I am wondering if anybody else has had this problem? I understand that UTIs are a fairly common thing, and may lead to kidney infections but doctors seem to be baffled by my problem. I would also like to know of any treatments that may be available.
Thank you for your help in advance.