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Sudden High Blood Pressure - Kidney Infection

I’m a 36-year-old female, normal weight, non-smoker, no drugs, and I don’t drink.

About a week ago I started having pain in my left flank area, near the kidneys, and in my lower abdomen. It wasn’t excruciating just a dull pain.  The next day I had a slight fever.  I decided to take my blood pressure when I felt my heart racing, and it was 170/110.  My normal blood pressure is usually 120/80. I’ve had episodes of high blood pressure before but they were usually in high-pain situations.

I monitored my blood pressure at home over the next 24 hours and last night it got as high as 204/136. I then went to the ER. They didn’t give me anything for my blood pressure but said that I had a urinary tract infection and a possible kidney infection.

My ekg was normal and they said my blood was normal. My blood pressure is still high today.

Could a urinary tract infection or kidney infection cause my blood pressure to be this high. The hospital was very dismissive of it and I don’t know what to think.
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973741 tn?1342342773
How is it now?  Has it come down any?  
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Yes, I am now on Keflex for the UTI. I’m 3 doses in so far.

My blood pressure is still high, 153/100, but not as high as it was the other night. The doctor at the ER was very dismissive, and because my blood pressure went down to 160/96 they must have thought it was no big deal to send me home.

I just can’t imagine what is causing it to be this high.
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973741 tn?1342342773
Ugh, that is a super high blood pressure my friend!  UTI's are an infection that definitely is known to raise blood pressure.  The kidney's and hypertension are linked very closely.  Kidney disease can cause high blood pressure and high blood pressure can cause kidney damage.  

You are now on antibiotics for the UTI?  But in general, I'd be really concerned and honestly, can't believe they just sent you home with a blood pressure reading like that!  That sounds like in the territory in which you could have a stroke!  I would right away call your doctor, your general practitioner.  I'd tell them about this and see if they want to bring you in.  If your blood pressure continues to get high like that, you have to go back to the ER. ER's are decent most of the time for acute situations (what alternative do we have) but fall short for a chronic issue.  And hypertension is a chronic issue.  Your blood pressure sure did spike but to that level I'd be concerned that it is going to get higher and higher on a regular basis.  

I'd also talk to your doctor about prevention.  Things to do to prevent high blood pressure.  Regular exercise is essential, eating healthy, getting rest, decreasing stress, etc.  

But I'm sure this is really scary!
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