I have chronic UTI's for almost a year and a half. I live in a small town where several Urologist come from Tucson, Az for appointments. I finally was able to see a urologist in April, 2013. My primary care doctor, as well as the doctors in the hospital and rehab center (I had major back fusion surgery in December, 2012), have tried treating the UTI's with all the common antibiotics.
The urologist told me that since the UTI's kept recurring, he wanted to do some exploring to see where the problem might lie so I am scheduled to have a Cystoscopy next Thursday, May 23, 2013. I also have a history with kidney stones
My problem and question: I have a "stress area" in my back, left side, kidney
area. For the past twenty plus years when I got stress, this area would tighten and be painful. I could rub it out and destress and it would go away - not a huge problem. SINCE I SAW THE UROLOGIST IN APRIL TO NOW, MAY 19TH, --- the pain affects a wider area and doesn't really go away unless I am just resting in a chair or bed. It's become quite painful TO THE POINT I AM WORRIED ABOUT SOMETHING GOING ON WITH MY KIDNEY. THIS PAST WEEK, MY LEFT LEG: CALF, ANKLE, FOOT - AN TO A LESS DEGREE ON MY RIGHT LEG TOO HAVE SWOLLEN A LOT WITH EDEMA AND REDNESS. I STARTED TAKING DIEURETICS WHICH HAS HELP SOMEWHAT GETTING THE SWELLING DOWN, but in truth, it keeps going up and down.
Do you think I need a Ureteroscopy too? Or do you just begin a diagnostic evaluation starting with just the Cystoscopy? I wonder if I could have an infection in the kidnesy or something? How are kidney infections diagnosed?
I have to wait months for appointments and this back pain and edema is really causing me to not feel a lot of the day. I have had kidney stones, and so far it does not feel like a stone. Could it ber a kidney infection and how are they diagnosed?
Thank you for any information you can give to me. Kate