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UTI and No Symptoms?

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  • Posted By: ialwyzlvdu1
  • August 26, 2010
  • 11:16 PM

Yesterday I went in to my regular dr. complaining of pain under my rib cage and having a 102 fever. My Dr. seemed to think that I was having some gallbladder issues and wanted me to go to the ER to have a sono and a possible x-ray to see what was going on.

I get to the ER have the sono, x-ray, IV, and some labs. All came back fine. Then I gave a urine specimen and it came back that I had a raging UTI. The nurse said my white blood cells were high and something else maybe keytones? I asked if it could be skewed because I was on my menstral cycle and he said no. So now I am on pain medication and antibiotics and have zero symptoms and still a nagging pain under my rib. I am not 100% convinced that I have a horrible UTI. Could this ER doc be wrong?

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  • Hi, I hope that you are starting to feel better by now. I thought that since you've had no replies, I would post to you even though it's been a while since you posted. The reason that I'm on this site is because I have chronic ut infections and drs., including urologist haven't been able to figure out why. With my current infection I have a lot of pain because it advanced into a kidney infection before I went in, AGAIN, to pee in a cup! I get so tired of having to do that, it's hard for me to get out much due to chronic back pain, so, I waited too long. Anyhow, sorry about venting on your thread :-) Usually, the only way that I initially know that I have a uti is when my urine gets cloudy and/or dark (blood in urine). The pain that you described is very much a sign of a possible uti, when I have pain like you described, I end up being diagnosed with a kidney infection, such as I have now. I feel your pain, both figuratively and literally. I hope this helps put your mind at ease. If you finish your antibiotics and still have pain and/or dark/cloudy urine, you may want to get another urine test, or just call for more antibiotics as the first round may not have completely cleared your infection. Wishing you good health.Smiles, Sue
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    • August 28, 2010
    • 09:29 AM
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  • I would also try to ask your Dr. to rule out appendicitis. My husband had a lot of these same symptoms. I know most appendicitis pain is located above the right hip, but my husband also complained of pain under his ribcage because it turns out his appendix was higher up than most, near his gallbladder. If the abdominal pain does not go away, I would seek a second opinion.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 6, 2010
    • 00:09 AM
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  • I had the same exact thing. ER on xmas eve for 5 day long acute upper right abdominal pain and they thought gallbladder. they told me i had a UTI but ive had them before and you KNOW when you have them, but I had no symptoms! The pain continued with more symptoms and my urine kept popping up with high WBC. 4 months of increasing pain/nausea/etc later they find my gallbladder is working 9%, but I am still looking for a connection between that and the urinary symptoms. No one can tell me a thing but you aren't alone!
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