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UTI, kidney stone, sepsis?

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  • Posted By: Vikefantam
  • May 16, 2009
  • 06:29 PM

Hi, everyone. I was told I have a UTI, was given antibiotics and a medicine called Pyridium to calm down my bladder, sent for a couple of tests and am getting worse and I'm worried. Here's the scoop:

About 10 days ago, my irritable bowel was flaring up. I got it under control with Imodium, then I started noticing bladder spasms. I went and got the over the counter version of Pyridium. Monday, I started urinating small clots of blood and it started burning. It stayed that way Tues. and Wed. and I called my PCP for an appt. for Thursday. When I got up Thursday, I was just plain peeing blood. No clots, just bright red blood. Major burning, major abdominal pain and congestion, major back ache.

The nurse practitioner did a UA. I had massive blood, massive white blood cells and positive protein in my urine. He gave me an antibiotic (Macrobid) and prescription strength Pyridium. He sent me for an ultrasound (KUB) of the kidneys, uteters and bladder. I had to drink a ton of water between his office and the hospital. When I got there, they did the test but the radiologist was confused - why did he not do a CAT scan first? So, I had to have a non-contrast CAT scan (couldn't have the contrast because I had drank all that water) and go back Friday for a contrast CAT scan. I was called back in for additional views, which was strange.

The NP told me on Thursday that I would start feeling better by Friday. I started feeling worse Friday. Keep in mind that this went untreated for 5-8 days. I started my antibiotics on Thursday.

I now have sudden onset violent shaking chills followed by feeling so hot I can't stand it. I'm getting awful pains in my legs and though I'm taking around the clock ibuprofen, I have a low grade fever. And, as if to add insult to injury, I now have a yeast infection. Last night, my throat started to get sore and I had a minor cough.

My concern is that I was supposed to be feeling better by Friday and here it is, Saturday, and I feel worse. I've done symptom checkers and it's always 3 things - severe UTI, kidney stone or sepsis. I'm most worried about sepsis because that can be really serious. I don't like the fact that I'm getting a fever and bad chills.

Anyone have any idea on this? Everywhere I've read said I should be feeling greatly improved by the third day of treatment, which is tomorrow, so we shall see, but the burning with urinating is worse than ever and the bladder spasms come back full force if I don't take the Pyridium on schedule. I'm also drinking cran-grape juice, eating blueberries and doing anything else I can to get rid of the bacteria. Part of the problem is that I am very run down from lack of sleep because I get up so much due to the pain and need to urinate. I've probably had about 20 hours of sleep in the last 5 days or so, and my appetite isn't great.

Any help would be such a relief and greatly appreciated. I guess what I'm asking is that if I still feel this sick tomorrow, after 3 days of treatment, am I a wimp for going to the ER, or am I doing the right thing?

Thanks so much in advance!

God Bless (Sorry I won't see you in church tomorrow, God, but I don't think the congregation would appreciate me running to the bathroom every 10 minutes. LOL).

Tammy

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  • Hopefully you will turn the corner by morning, but if not: You need to head for the ER if your symptoms get any worse, especially since it is the weekend. If you are not feeling a lot better Monday morning, call your doctor and insist on seeing the doctor, not the nurse practitioner. This sounds like it may be beyond his expertise. You might also want to consider asking to be referred to a urologist, since the CT Scan apparently revealed something strange. This may be a lot more serious than just a UTI.
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  • Hopefully you will turn the corner by morning, but if not: You need to head for the ER if your symptoms get any worse, especially since it is the weekend. If you are not feeling a lot better Monday morning, call your doctor and insist on seeing the doctor, not the nurse practitioner. This sounds like it may be beyond his expertise. You might also want to consider asking to be referred to a urologist, since the CT Scan apparently revealed something strange. This may be a lot more serious than just a UTI. So you're saying that you think something's up too because they did additional films? The first set of films, I was on my back. The second set, I was on my stomach. I asked the tech if she thought he was doing more pics because he saw something and she said usually that's the case - something caught his eye and he wanted a different view. I asked her what was I supposed to do with the weekend coming up. She said the radiologist would call my doctor if there were something wrong and he would call me. I wonder if they even communicated? I haven't even seen my doctor in over a year. I always end up with the NP or PA. Thanks so much for getting back to me. It just seems anymore that doctors eyeball you suspiciously if you go to the ER complaining of any pain, that you're drug seeking. What I really want is a urine C&S to make sure I'm on the correct antibiotic. I wouldn't mind something better than ibuprofen, which I'm not supposed to be taking due to my GERD and history of a duodenal ulcer but I am deperate. I wonder if a shot of Toradol would work for me for this. Wonderful drug. Wish it were still able to be prescribed by your doctor (they took it off the market some years back because it was causing liver problems - failure? except for use as an injection). Man, one of those pills would knock out any pain in 20 minutes of less. It was the Dominoes Pizza of pain medication, and non-narcotic to boot. Harsh on stomach, though. I'm counting down the months (6 to go) until Tapp loses its patent on Prevacid this coming November and it goes generic. It's the only PPI that helps me and the only PPI they don't allow so I take 40 mg of omeprazole daily. It's a decent substitute but not nearly as good as Prevacid.
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  • Hi Vikefantam, how are you doing? Are you better or did you run to the doctor for more help? Update please.
    halal37 96 Replies Flag this Response
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