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#1 Eos

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 01:57 PM

Anyone here had kidney issues? Infection? What does it feel like??

I have had a lot of bloating since May, and just last week developed severe lower back pain and pain and pressure where my kidneys would be (back side, flank area) and also in my abdominal area (that goes away when I pee and is my only indicator that I have to pee). Is it me being paranoid, is it just gas (which I never seem to pass though.) Any ideas?

Still looking for a new rheumatologist. My old one left/ or was fired (who knows). The one my primary suggested was mean and said to me "If you really have scleroderma....if you really have knee pain," like its all in my head??!! So needless to say I did not go there anymore. Plus he was in his 80's and hard of hearing and lacked bedside manner. So I guess I have to either suck this up and hope it will go away, go to Pittsburgh again and spend a lot of money, or try another local rheumatologist.

Anyone in the Buffalo, NY area who can recommend a GOOD rheumatologist who does still take new patients? (In my area this seems to be a rare case). If so, please send me a PM with their name.
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#2 debonair susie

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 02:44 PM

It definitely is time to call a doctor. If you have Same Day care (walk-in clinics where you live), please go! If you DO have a kidney infection, it needs attention, Eos.

I hope someone comes on and can guide you in the direction of a good rheumatologist.

In the meantime, please take care of your other problem!
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#3 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 03:16 PM

Hi Eos,

If I were you, I'd call the nurse's line for my insurance agency (if your insurance agency offers this, and most of them do). They can advise you on the urgency of the situation and what your best options are for care. They can also recommend new clinics for you to try, which would be covered by your insurance.

The rheumatologist wouldn't be all that much into kidneys; that would fall into the realm of a nephrologist. But first you should be seen by a primary care doctor and/or urologist to find and treat any possible kidney or bladder infection.

So one option, depending on your insurance, might be to go straight to a urologist if you are fairly sure that is the problem.

Let us know how you decide to go where, and what happens, will you? We care, and I'm sending you some warm hugs.

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 06:16 AM

Hi Eos

I'm so sorry to read that you're having such a rotten time with bloating and lower back pain. I agree with Shelley and Susie; I really would go back to your primary care doctor to get urgent treatment for any possible bladder or kidney infection.

I'm not sure of the actual procedure in the US for getting a referral to another rheumatologist or as Shelley suggests, a nephrologist or urologist, so can't really advise you on that score. In the UK my own doctor would do the referral to a consultant if needed.

I do hope you can get the problems sorted easily and that you are soon feeling a lot better.

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 02:13 PM

I could not take it anymore, so I called primary and they wanted me to go now and not wait till tomorrow but go to the night clinic.... so I did. I have an infection. Cannot wait to get my antibiotics tomorrow. :blink:

#6 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 03:15 PM

Whew, I'm glad you didn't wait any longer! Hope the antibiotics knock the infection clear out of the ballpark and you are feeling better soon.
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#7 debonair susie

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Posted 12 November 2010 - 04:08 AM

Like Jeannie, I am SO relieved you got this taken care of! When ill as we are, we don't need other problems adding to the mix.

Please PLEASE take care of yourself...we are concerned, when a member of our family is having difficulties:emoticon-hug:
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#8 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 09:56 AM

Eos, I'm so glad you finally saw the doctor about this! I'm sure you'll feel like a million bucks (okay maybe just half a million) after the antibiotics kick in.

In the meantime, please rest and remember to drink fluids, too, as it helps to flush out the infection. In this case, rather literally.

What a relief to have answers, isn't it? Now next time someone has these symptoms, I bet you'll be all over them to get to the doctor a.s.a.p. Oh the glory of the forums, eh?

Here are some get well flowers, just for you.

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