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Back pain related to neurological issues or UTIs

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I have recurrent urinary pain that I assumed was a recurrent UTI, but after dealing with this problem for a few months and after being on antibiotics about five times, my doctor can't find anything wrong. Most of the time they can't even find bacteria in my urine, yet the pain always comes back.
I've only noticed blood in my urine once.
I've had an ultrasound to scan for kidney stones which came back negative. I've also been scanned for ovarian cysts, which was also negative.
I am also negative for all sexually transmitted diseases and my pap came back normal.
Occasionally, I have on and off lower back pain from time to time. One time my back pain was so severe I couldn't even have anyone bear to touch it or move me at all.
I've also had increased cramping during my menstrual cycle when I never had a problem with cramping really at all, for all I know this could be completely unrelated.
I have no idea what is going on and I'm starting to get worried.
Thank you


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replied April 30th, 2009
Urinary and Bladder Disorders Answer A6437


Almost every examination for detecting urinary tract infection was done. However, you might want to have a urine culture with antibiogram in order to be sure that your urine is sterile. If bacteria are found, then adequate antibiotics might be used.


It is possible that the back pain might be related to a neurological issue. Whether it is related to the spine or to the pelvic nerves can not be determined without additional examinations (physical pelvic and back exam, imaging methods: X-ray, CT scan or MRI).


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