Back Pain or Kidney Infection?

Back Pain or Kidney Infection?

Back pain is common, though we must remember that it is not normal, nor should it be a way of life. Any type of pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, which means a trip to the doctor should be warranted.

A few days ago, I started having back pain which I brushed off, assuming it was just a minor sprain from possibly picking up my 40 lb. daughter. As the days progressed, the pain turned from a dull ache to excruciating pain, and I began to worry, because I could not recall pulling my back that badly, or even at all. I could hardly walk, I barely slept, and with every move I winced in pain. Oh, and it was on the exact day of my birthday. I thought, “Wow, symptoms of aging sure come quickly!”

I used some self-massaging techniques, but to no avail. Pain relievers did alleviate some of the pain, but it would shortly return, and nearly resulted in a midnight trip to the ER.

After seeking medical attention, I was diagnosed with a kidney infection (pyelonephritis). The one-sided pain in my back was caused by my kidneys, which for me also produced a fever, swelling, and numbness. Kidney infection is more serious than a bladder infection, and can cause severe illness if not treated properly. Usual symptoms can include back pain, side or lower abdominal pain, fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, pain in the pelvic region, burning with urination and/or urinary urgency.

Left untreated, a kidney infection can cause permanent damage to your kidneys and/or spread to the bloodstream, causing a life-threatening infection. If caught early, antibiotics can be prescribed by your doctor and you should expect a full recovery within a week from start of treatment.

Back pain and kidney infection can be difficult to distinguish. Only a medical professional can help to determine the cause of your back pain. Our trained team of medical staff are here to help you with any physical pain you may be experiencing, and help you on the road to recovery and complete wellness.

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