... burning/pain/frequency on Monday that seemed to resolve with OTC & home treatment by Wednesday. Saturday I thought I came down with the flu, fever, fatigue and indescribably horrid shaking chills that hurt my back and one leg, in episodes that would come and go. Sunday brought vomiting 104.4 fever and ER trip. I have a severe kidney infection that went to my bloodstream, requiring IV and oral antibiotics along with other IV medicines and fluids and possible permanent damage. All of which could have been prevented if I had gone to the doctor for UTI symptoms or recognized Saturday's illness for what it could be and gone earlier. Hopefully this post will help someone!
Thank you for bringing up this preventable issue.
I had the same thing when I was in my early 20s x 2. I ended up hospitalized for IV antibiotics.
I hope this allays your fears and regrets telling you what happened to me and what you need to watch for.
I got them because I had stenosis of my urethra (the outlet from your bladder).
It then causes reflux going back into your bladder and kidneys because of the narrowing.
If you notice that they are recurrent check with your urologist if you have urethral stenosis. The treatment is an easy out-patient procedure where they open it up to normal by stretching or clipping. It doesn't hurt.
I did not have problems for 20 years and when I did, I had the procedure done again.
Be careful to do the following:
- Do NOT hold your urine in...
When you gotta go, do it right away.
- Watch for increased blood pressure as you get older. This does not cause high BP. Does it run in your family ?
High untreated BP can cause kidney damage as well as your other organs.
- Be careful when in the sun! Dehydration can precipitate UTIs.
- Dring more than why's required fluid-wise.
- Avoid the salt shaker and processed foods.
- Urinate after having sex.
- If you are having CT scans for any reason, and are having contrast die IV, make sure they do a kidney function lab test first. This is important! You can still have the test but they will use an "infusion light" solution. CTs are fine but it's the infusion injections that can be harmful.
I found these precautions promote good kidney health.
My left kidney was 50% of normal from the 2 infections.
You sound like you got treatment quickly so I wouldn't worry. I didn't get treatment for a week.
I was fine for 25 years.
However, I developed breast cancer. The chemotherapy and diagnostic die did cause damage reflected in my lab values.
Now I really need to keep my BP under good control but I'm good.
I hope this helps.
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