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UtI/back pain

Saw my provider recently about chronic  back pain I've had for about two months. I feel a sharp pulling sensation or sharp jabbing pain if I bend over to the left of my spine about midway up my back. This is accompanied by a cramping pain that starts in my back on that side and migrates to my abdomen. The day after I had a colonoscopy and endoscopy( no lesions, cancer, mild esopheal inflammation to account for my heartburn, hiatal hernia) I saw my provider and she tested my urine and I had a UTI. PUt me on Levofloxacin which helped a bit. But I still have cramping.


I had only one other UTI in my life about thirty years ago. This one was preceded by none of the typical pain upon urination in the urethra. I did have some lower abdominal pain last fall upon urination--a bilateral kind of thing that made me think it was my ovaries. Got checked out gynecologically and found no problems. Even had a urinalysis  back then, three months ago, and nothing showed up.

Is this possibly some other kind of problem? Do UTI's cause muscle cramps?

thanks, rpj
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Hi,

UTI of the upper urinary tract involving the kidneys may cause flank pains or back pains. A urinalysis will be able to help guide your doctor on where to focus his/her management. Kidney stones, infections, any anatomical or structural defects, obstructions may present with back pain. Checking the urine for crystals, red blood cells, white blood cells, casts and bacteria may help ascertain  involvement of the kidneys.Next step of management will depend on results of initial assessment.

Discuss your concerns with your physician .Do keep us posted regarding your physician's advice.

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