I'm a 25 year old female who is uninsured and had a question concerning a possible kidney infection.
Two weeks ago (on a Sunday) I started having symptoms of a uti. I immediately began treating it with cranberry capsules (2 3x's a day), drinking lots of water and getting lots of vitamin c. My symptoms went away within a few days. On Friday of that week, I decided to exercise but out did myself and had to stop (some exercises on fit tv are apparently too advanced for me). I noticed the next day that my lower back was hurting. During that next week I had worked on a computer,slumped over for 6 hours and helped carry a flat screen tv in for my disabled father in law. Just yesterday I had to shovel snow to get my car out.
I have had back pain for a little over a week now, but it seems to be getting better. It seems to only be hurting in the middle of the small of my back. The pain could best be described as a dull ache.
I am very paranoid (especially since I am uninsured) and the thoughts of a kidney infection crossed my mind, since I self treated. I am not having any sort of nausea, vomiting, fever or chills. No pain when I use the restroom either and my urine doesn't have any clouding or bad smell. I also used the AZO uti test strips three days in a row and the results were negative. Still, I am a worry wort.
So my question is this: could I possibly have a kidney infection or just simply back pain since the test strips were negative?
I appreciate any information! Thanks so much in advance.