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Kidney Infection or Addisons?

Hi there... I'm a 26 year old female, and I am struggling to figure out whether
or not I should wait for an appointment the day after tomorrow at my GP or
return to the ER (uninsured for another month)

Last friday I went to the ER for extreme pain on my left lower flank-- that pain
lasted from 7:30 in the morning until 6 at night. They took a urine sample and
said there was blood in it, but not a lot and it was probably just a stone.
Since then Ive had steadily increasing EXTREME fatigue and pain (though not as
strong of pain as friday), nausea, low fever and very severe "brain fog"...

While I've had abdominal pain and slowly increasing fatigue for the last two
years, it's never been this bad, and the usual suspects for that kind of thing
didn't check out when I saw my GP. The doctor at the ER said it could be a
kidney infection, but it didnt look like there was enough blood for it... She
also mentioned "Addisons" disease as something to look into. Today I am
completely wiped out; a train wreck at work, but I'm not sure if this is
something I should wait til tomorrow or the next day to go to my GP about, or if
I need to head back to the ER. My insurance doesn't start until January the 1st,
so I'm trying to careful if it's just stones. Any ideas..? I would really
appreciate it.
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It is difficult as ERs are just not places to diagnose, more to treat.

Did you get any labs done and can you get copies? If you had low sodium and/or high potassium (or low), it may have made her think of Addison's as they are salt wasting diseases.

If you have salt or salty things, do you feel better? Try salty things and see if that helps. If you have AI - the salt will help. Salt tablets, chips, ramen, boullion cubes, olives, pickles, pickle juice - anything salty - if that picks you up, then you have a huge clue.
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a lot of people with adrenal problems have pain on lower left back. Even those without addison's , just adrenal fatigue
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