I am an American living in Russia and in late October was diagnosed with pyelonephritis (kidney infection) of the left kidney. I first noticed pain down in my groin and vaginal-area where my leg meets my body, and never noticed any kidney pain. I had a small under-armpit fever of 37.4celsius (but I hate taking my temperature under my armpit but that's the only way they do it here, I don't trust it) and nausea and headache. I had an ultrasound and they found my left kidney was slightly inflammed. I also had blood in my urine and a blood culture that looked positive for infection.
I was put on an IV of liquids and cipro and stayed in the hospital for 5 days because it was a good idea to do in such a country. I was also taking cipro 2 times a day in pill-form after I was released from the hospital for 2 weeks. They told me it could have been from exposure from the COLD--which I do not believe. I mean, of course if you're wearing a short shirt in really cold weather you could get sick, but I don't believe that it is common to get it from the cold. I know that it was probably an untreated UTI that I didn't feel and it went up into my kidneys.
So now it is January, and I am having these symptoms again except for fever and nausea--I have a sharp pain down in the vaginal area to the left side and it seems painful when I urinate. I don't have specific pain in my kidney, except it sometimes feels like under my left ribcage has a tiny pin-point pain. Is it common to have pyelonephritis come back in such a short time? It was only 4 months and I felt fine after the hospital stay...Maybe I have just a bladder infection now, or a UTI? I've had them in the past and I can feel them but now it feels like the symptoms are barely there. Does anyone else have kidney infections frequently? I don't know what exactly to do, I'm worried about the Russian doctors even though it's at an elite hospital that works with mostly Americans. Advice? Sorry it's so long.