... it might be something having to do with my kidneys. How can I tell the difference between that and just a sore back from heavy lifting? It has been some days already and the pain seems not to go away no matter how much I rest. When I sit or stand for some time the pain starts bothering. The more time I remain seating or standing, the more I feel the pain.
Yes you only need a urine specimen to check for infection. If there is an infection then a culture will be specific.
Probably the one significant symptom between pyelonephritis and musculoskeletal pain is the presence of a fever. Pyelo generally is associated with a definite fever and that of feeling just plain sick.
Don't go with whether you having burning when you pee. Pyelo is the kidney and the burning you here about is the bladder (cystitis
If it's musculoskeletal, you will have pain with movement. It will most likely come and go.
Pyelo is a deep pain in the are below your posterior ribs. A positive sign is when a doctor "thumps" gently over the area with a closed fist. It's hard to do on yourself.
You HAVE to go get a urine done ASAP.
The reason is that pyelo can cause kidney damage and kidneys do not regenerate.
It won't be a prob while you are young because the other kidney does the work of one. It's when you are elderly that you face complications from pyelo years later. High blood pressure, repeated UTIs through the years gradually worsens .
When you are 70 you may be on other chronic meds which of many are excreted through the kidney.
Meds have to be sorted to try something that does not pose a high risk to the kidney.
Lastly, scans like CTs need to be chosen carefully because the infusion is harmful to a distressed kidney.. They will do a "lighter" version of the infusion.
Btw... Did you know that NSAIDS are contraindicated for people with chronic diseaseYou should not take NSAIDS if someone has chronic kidney disease.
I hope to have you worried enough that will get that urine done. Lol
If you have been doing heavy lifting and it gets worse sitting, standing, and moving around, I would lean towards you hurt your back. I don't know your medical history, for example, if you have Kidney problems. I would suggest going to your primary and find out what is going on. You have given it a few days time already. My best!
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