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Concern about low back pain with UTI – already on

Patient: My girlfriend had symptoms of a UTI. She went to her doctor yesterday, who took a urinalysis. The doctor prescribed Cipro 500, 2x a day. The urinalysis results are attached. She is very concerned though, because she started to have very bad back pain yesterday. She feels a little better today, but still has back pain. Our fear is a spread to the kidneys. Are her symptoms normal? Should she go to the emergency room, or wait until her follow up appointment tomorrow? This is her first time getting a UTI. It likely was caused by sexual activity. Furthermore, are there steps we can take in the future to prevent UTI?

 

 

Symptoms: Burning urination, low back pain

 

 

Doctor: Hello,Thanks for the query.A urinary tract infection can present with burning urination, increased frequency and vo miting. It can be associated back ache and pain in the abdomen. The doctor has started on the right antibiotics. Also, a urine for culture and sensitivity may be needed. It will take 48 hours. A symptomatic improvement will happen in 48 hours of antibiotic therapy.However, kidney stones must be ruled out. Only chronic urinary tract infection can cause a kidney infection or hydronephrosis. We need to do an ultrasound for confirmation.Drink plenty of water and have a bland diet. Drink cranberry juice and maintain feminine hygiene. Avoid sexual intercourse until she recovers completely.Hope this helps.Feel free to write back for any clarification.Regards

Comments / Follow Ups

Patient: I have attached urinalysis. Any feedback on this?

Doctor: Hello,
Thanks for the reply.
Unfortunately we are unable to view the attachment. Hence we did not specify on that.
Regards

Patient: It will not let me attach a bmp, excel document, or word, so I had to paste the results below.
Test Result
POC Spec Grav, UA 1.015
POC pH 5
POC Leukocytes, UA 500 (++)
POC Nitrite, UA Positive
POC Protein, UA 100 (++)
POC Glucose, UA Normal
POC Ketones, UA Negative
Urobilinogen, UA Normal
Bilirubin, UA 1 (+)
POC Blood, UA 250 (+++)
Appearance, Urine Cloudy

Patient: POC Spec Grav, UA 1.015
POC pH 5
POC Leukocytes, UA 500 (++)
POC Nitrite, UA Positive
POC Protein, UA 100 (++)
POC Glucose, UA Normal
POC Ketones, UA Negative
Urobilinogen, UA Normal
Bilirubin, UA 1 (+)
POC Blood, UA 250 (+++)
Appearance, Urine Cloudy
Urine Dipstick Expiration Date 10/2015
Urine Dipstick Lot Number 2292762

Patient: Please follow up, does the urinalysis indicate anything particularly serious, or is it consistent with a diagnosis of UTI?

Doctor: Thanks for the reply.
Thanks for sending the report.
It is suggestive of a urinary tract infection and can respond to antibiotics. Get a urine culture and sensitivity test done if needed.
Regards

 


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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

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Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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