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pyelonephritis...again?

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  • Posted By: ginapapa
  • January 7, 2007
  • 01:32 PM

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.

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  • Hello, I am in the same situation as you i have a kideny infection in Sept that lasted till the end of october was on cipro for 2 months . Now january 23 went to the doctor have it again and i am very scared they want me to have a ultrasound. i am scared was it is something bad. So again i am on cipro again going to a new doctor on monday.good luck to you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 26, 2007
    • 10:03 PM
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  • GINAPAPADo not worry. Kidney infection arises out of so many reasons. First try to know if there is any blockage in the Urinary tract. Consult a nephrologist. Urologist can advise you only about UTI and not about kidneys. There are chances for recurrenet UTIs and pyelonephritis. Try to know if it is chronic or acute. Both can be cured with medicines. Avoid proteins. Drink lots of liquid (water, canberry juice). 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.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
    • 11:27 AM
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  • i think the original infection was never fully taken care of in the first place. Did they make sure that the cipro was the proper antibiotic for your particular bacterial strain? I hope that it is figured out for you because those infections are nothing to take lightly. Infections can be caused by a blockage but there could be other causes. If you can be seen by a urologist they can run the tests if they are available where you are. Also, I wanted to clarify some info that was posted that isnt exactly correct about who to seek help from a nephrologist or a urologist. Your kidneys are indeed a part of the urinary tract and a urologist CAN help with kidney issues relating to your urinary system specifically kidney conditions as opposed to kidney diseases. A urologist is more familiar with the kidneys as part of your urinary system unless youre male then a uro also will help out with any reproductive issues. A nephrologist is more familiar with kidney diseases as opposed to taking care of kidney conditions. I hope that helps. I know that alot of people are unclear as to which specialty is correct for their specific issues. I hope you find a solution to your infection.
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