12 Kidney infections in 2 years Diagnosed

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   Posted 3/22/2012 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I just found this forum in my search for some common answers to my specific problems...

First off, I'm Shelby. I'm 20 years old and have not really had many UTI's until semi-recently. It started about 2 years ago..
Unlike most UTI's I have never really had any sort of pain urinating. It has become routine now that out of nowhere I will feel a sharp pain in my right side, located near the bottom of my ribs. The pain is incredible, to the point where I will become nauseous and occasionally will vomit. At times I have to focus on taking shallow breaths because breathing too heavily will hurt. about when that starts happening I will notice that my pee will look frothy, and sometimes it will also look orangey (but not very often). At this point I always call my Primary Care Physician and get in to see him within a few days. At these appointments I have a urinalysis run, and it ALWAYS comes back positive for a UTI. Based off of the specific location of my pain and my reaction to pressure near that area, my doctor assures me that the type of UTI I am dealing with is a kidney infection. (pyelonephritis, which has since been re-diagnosed as recurrent/chronic). With every single one of these diagnoses, I am given a round of either Cipro or Keflex and sent on my merry way.

I talked to my OBGYN about the issue 6 months ago and she flat out accused me of faking it and basically trying to get narcotics as if i am some kind of addict. I assure you all, for all TWELVE of these incredibly painful kidney infections, NOT ONCE have I received any sort of painkiller (which I am told is abnormal, but that is beside the point.) She accused me of this before even receiving a copy of my file from my PCP outlining all of these urinalyses and their positive results.

I also would like to point out that I follow all the basic preventative advice I've been given. I pee after sex, I drink lots of cranberry and other juices high in antioxidants. I am a very clean person, as well as my boyfriend, and to be frank.. this pain has strongly deterred sex at all.

After 12 of these diagnosed in the past year and a half to two years, why am I JUST NOW getting a referral to a Urologist.
I'm sure you all can understand my frustration at this point.

My PCP has suggested that it may be some sort of physical deformity that can be corrected with a minor surgery. My First appt with a Urologist is on monday.

My questions for you all are:

has anyone else had such a chronic problem, and if so has it been corrected? how?

what can i expect for my first urologist appt? i had a urinalysis run literally a week and a half ago so im doubting the need for another, but you guys are the experienced ones!

is there any advice you guys can offer me as far as dealing with a urologist?

What are some good questions to ask him?

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Date Joined Jul 2012
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   Posted 7/19/2012 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Shelbs, I'm sorry to hear about your frustration. I have exactly the same problem and frustration. It has been like this for about a year by now. I would like to know if your condition has improved?

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   Posted 7/19/2012 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Spritie -- thank goodness things have improved! After 3 or do urologist appts my dr determined that there was in fact a minor structural issue which caused my infections. After a minor outpatient surgery to open the part of my urethra that was connected to my bladder there was about a 3 day recovery. Since then I have not had any major kidney related issues. He did instruct me to change my diet and lifestyle to include foods high in water content like fresh fruits and to attempt to drink a bottle of water for every hour I am awake. There is hope!

Good luck sweetie!
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