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I am a 40 year old female. I have constant lower back pain on my left side when I am sleeping, and am able to get temporary relief, sometimes, after I urinate. It is severe enough to interrupt my sleep and recently is causing me to have night sweats.  I have a doctors appointment in a month, and the general belief is that I might have urine backing up into my kidney.  I have had these symptoms for a while and have been told that I do not have an infection, or a stone.  If Urine backing up is the case, what is the general cause, and what would be the treatment / fix.
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1310633 tn?1430224091
I'm no doctor, but it sounds like reflux (urine backup in the kidney). I've never had it myself, but I have friends in the community that have, and it's very uncomfortable & painful.

Is there no way you can get in sooner than a month from now? Reflux is nothing to mess with, because if left untreated (even for a short time), it can cause constant and recurring UTI's and bladder-infections. I'd urge you to try and get in sooner than a month from now.

Again, I'm not a doctor and I'm not saying that this IS what you have going on (with the limited amount of symptom information you shared), but off the top of my head, that's what it sounds like.

Read:

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Urine flows from each kidney, through tubes called ureters, and into the bladder. When the bladder is full, it squeezes and sends the urine out through your urethra. None of the urine should flow back into the ureter when the bladder is squeezing. Each ureter has a one-way valve where it enters the bladder, preventing urine from flowing back up the ureter.

But in some people, the urine flows back up to the kidney. This is called reflux.

Over time, the kidneys may be damaged or scarred by this reflux. This is called reflux nephropathy

Reflux can occur in people whose ureters do not attach properly to the bladder or if the valves do not work well. Children may be born with this problem or other birth defects of the urinary system that cause reflux nephropathy.

Reflux nephropathy can occur with other conditions that lead to a blockage of urine flow, including:

    * Bladder outlet obstruction
    * Bladder stones
    * Neurogenic bladder, which can occur in people with multiple sclerosis

Reflux nephropathy also can occur from swelling of the ureters after a kidney transplant or trauma to the ureter.

The risk factors include a personal or family history of reflux, abnormalities of the urinary tract, and repeat urinary tract infections.
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1310633 tn?1430224091
Here's some more good stuff on REFLUX:

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000459.htm

I'd really be interested to hear back as to what it is that you have going on, after you manage to get in and see your doctor.

Not sure about everyone else on MH, but I learn a lot when folks post back about their particular situations and what the 'official' diagnosis ends up being.

Let's me know whether or not I'm full of sh1t & talking out of my a$$, or whether I'm actually helping folks!
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