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a very bad UTI then pyelonephritis

Hi, in July of last year I had my first ever UTI, it got so bad it was later confirmed in hospital that I had Pyelonephritis, I was very ill due to this infectiion. There was a collection of pus around my right kidney, i was given alot of anti biotics, had allergic reactions to scans etc... Since then I have had smaller infections but nothing as bad as last time. Last weekend i was feeling as though I was coming down with another infection, the triage nurse checked my urine and again confirmed a slight infection, I given Nitrofuratoin, after the 3 days i still felt the symptoms of a UTI, frequent passing of water, burning in the kidney regions.
I have been now given another course of Trimethropin, I am on day 2 now, I am feeling slightly better but am so worried in case it gets as bad as the time I had Pyelonephritis. That time last year has really traumatised me, my whole hospital experience was very unpleasant. I

I am folowwing all the advice I read and hear to help prevent these infecitons but still can't help worrying. The thing that worries me the most is the fact that last year after my 24 hour catheter was removed i wasn't able to pass water naturally for about a week. i had to self catheterise. When i feel I am not emptying my bladder fully I become so worried. What are the chances of getting another bad infection like last time?
I have started taing Cranberry pills, drink the juice, and taking Probiotics with the anti biotics.

Thanks in advacne for reading.
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Bump!!!
I am having cramps in the kidney areas today from time to time, I hope it is not anything creeping up on me agin. I feel well in myself no cickness or fevers.
I hope someone will reply to me.
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Hi, I understand your situation. From 1994 to about 2000 I used to come down with UTI and or kidney infections, epdidymitis or orchitis about 3 times or 4 times a year requiring hospitalizations of about a week or so.

I 1996 after a urodynamics test it was found that I have a neurogenic bladder. I started to self cath. every night to ensure that my bladder was empty. I still got the infections though. In 2000 after a year of at least 3 different surgeries, one being a left orchiectomy, I started to self cath at least 3 times a day. This really has reduced the infection rate. From 2000 up to currently I have only had about 15 infections. Out of those there was only one hospitalization in March of 2008. During this hospitalization it was discovered that I have a fistula between the rectum and prostate. This can be another source of infection.

I think that the frequent catheterization has recuced the amount of infections. Currently with a suprapubic catheter in I have had t minor infections since 2008.

It is really important that the bladder is drained properly, if you have a residual of more than 100ml. ther is the possibility of infection.

It is possible that you may end up with a major infection again. It is important that you seek medical help as soon as you think that you might have the beginning of another infection. The sooner you catch it the less likely it is that it turns into a major infection.

Please look at the following site: http://www.urolog.nl/
This site is also in Dutch. I have corresponded with the urologist Joop Noordzij in regards to questions that I had. Joop is very good and will allways respond to questions on may have.

Ik zie dat je een Nederlander bent. I been een ex Nederlander en woont nu in Little Smoky in de provincie van Alberta Canada. Ik had voor 17 jaar in Rozenburg gewoont en emigreerde naar Canada met mijn ouders, zuster and broer in 1981.

I hope that by looking at the site and maybe by contacting Joop, some of your worries will be lifted.

All the best.

Ron
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I went to see my doctor on Friday, she looked at my previous record and letters from the hospital and all the test results were very good and showed clear.
She also gave me a few sterile bottles for urine samples whenever i felt the need along with forms so the nurse knows what they are for. Although i am generally well, i occasionally get this cramp in my kidney area sometimes both sides sometimes just one, it's happening as i type right now. When I breath in the cramp hurts, it can stay sometimes and other times it may last just for a split second, it is a short sharp pain enough to stop me in my tracks, and I often give DH a fright when it happens.
What could it be? I will go back if this persists maybe I need to go back to a Urologist.
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Hi, I used to have pains like that when I came down with a kidney infection. My last time was only about 2 to 3 months ago. I was prescribed Cipro and things cleared up again. I'm even more prone to infections since I have an indwelling catheter right now.

All the best.

Ron
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Don't these infections affect men and women differently? It seems you are or have had similar symptoms.
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Hi,

The signs of an infection do not differ that much between men and women. If it has spread to the kidneys there is pain in the lower back. Frequent and urgency in urination. There can be a fever if advanced. Burning senstion.

Some of the other things that I have experienced while having a kidney infection was nausea, pain in the scrotum and rectal area as well as pain in the penis. I believe that the last three are the only ones that differ from males to females.

All the best.

Ron
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I am a male 28 yrs and i was diagnosed of pyelonephritis in the month of March this year after experiencing bloody urine and severe pain at the lower right side of my back. i did series of tests including urinalysis and IVU and got to know my left kidney was infected too but there was no bladder infection. It was also discovered that i was having low blood pressure. i was admitted for 72 hours and was placed on series of antibiotics (intravenous) during the course of the admission and also amoxicilin tablets (Auglocef Amoxycilin + clavulanate potassium). After i was admitted in the hospital, my doctor only placed me on oral medication for two weeks and after that, he asked me stop all medications but i should keep drinking a lot of water.

But i noticed i started relapsing after a month or two. It's been 7 months now and i still notice sudden jolts or vibrations in my bowels, kidneys and some other parts of my body every time (i don't understand what causes the sudden jolts). Sometimes, i feel little burning sensation when i urinate. My urine is foamy and my urine flow is irregular (i.e my urine flow scatters each time i urinate). Also, i notice i go to bed at night very tired and i wake up in the morning very tired too. I feel drowsy after eating breakfasts especially.

  I feel very concerned so my health doesn't get worse. Also, i don't understand the sudden jolts or vibrations i experience in my bowels all the time, feeling very tired after little work, feeling drowsy after eating breakfast, sleeping at night and waking up in the morning tired. Please i need answers.

Thanks.
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