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If it's not Kidney Stones...

Shortly after I had my gallbladder removed on 3/19/15 I started having severe side (flank) pain.    This pain moved from my side up my back.   I would be up for hours with the pain and only during the night did I need to go to the bathroom what seemed like every 5 minutes. They did an ultrasound and urine test.    There was blood in my urine so they treated it as a UTI and prescribed Bactrim.    My ultrasound did not show anything that would cause the pain.  Almost a week later my symptoms became more severe.  The pain was more in my back than my side, I developed nausea and hot sweats (no fever).  There was still blood in my urine but no signs of an infection.   My PCP felt it was kidney stones and prescribed me flomax to help pass it.    Days later no change.   They did a CT scan, but it showed no stones.   I still have blood in my urine so they suggested I see a Urologist.    Feeling frustrated I have not made an appointment yet.   Yesterday I felt pretty good, just some lower back pain, occasional nausea and I did have two hot sweat periods followed by chills but again no fever.    Today I woke up with severe lower back pain.   The sweating was the worst it had been, and then I vomited.  That was the 1st time I did that.   No fever, but I do have a dull headache.    I actually feel much better since the hot sweat broke, but I still have lower back pain.    Any idea what this could be if it's not stones?   Also I am female not male if it matters.  
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With your symptoms, I would advise you to see a urologist.  It does sound like kidney stones, but either way, you need to have this taken care of.
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Thank you.  I see the urologist on 4/23. I will update the post once I get some more information.  
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I still have blood in my urine so they want to do a cystoscopy.   They did another urine culture which says (see below)  I do not think that shows anything.   They did not seem to have answers as to why I have blood in my urine,  they said "I don't know".  I asked if it could be kidney stones, they said "I don't know".  I called to confirm that the culture results(see below) were nothing to be concerned about but the nurse said they didn't even look at them and if there was something they would call back on Wednesday?    I don't think my problems are from a UTI so I am not concerned about the culture, but I never saw the strep mentioned in any of my other cultures so I was curious.   I have a bad vibe about this Urologist Office so I think I will going elsewhere or nowhere.  Several people have told me that before a cystoscopy they should give you antibiotics to prevent infection and offer something for the pain or to relax to.   They do not do that at this office.   I have no idea why my doctor referred me here, but I am about to just be done with it all.    It took them 4 years to figure out my gallbladder was not functioning.  I do not want to waste any more of my time or money chasing for results.   I am taking Motrin for the pain and a natural sleep aid so I can get to bed.  I think I will accept that as good.

Colony Count Greater than 100,000 cfu/ml at 48 hours

Culture NO GROWTH at 24 hours Many Alpha Hemolytic Streptococci at 48 hours

Organism Many Alpha Hemolytic Streptococci at 48 hours
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easter79, did you ever resolve your pain?  What was your final diagnosis?  I have similar symptoms (but no blood in urine).
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