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Ive had a kidney infection for about 2 weeks now started out lower back pain,progressed to urinating blood, progressed to not being able to go. I've been on Cipro,azithromyicin,rocephin(IV),Bactrim,K eflex ,Macrobid,and another I can't remember he name of. Plus a steroid and three kinds of pain meds.Dr.said my body is not responding to antibiotics. I didn't sleep at all last night because of pain, still can't urinate, my question is:should I go back to ER (I have no insurance) anddoes smoking adversly affect the kidneys?
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replied April 20th, 2011
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on E Health Forum.

Presence of back pain , hematuria are indicative of severe conditions like pylonephritis or renal papillary necrosis.

It would be in the better interest of your health to visit the ER for better pain control and prevention of any side effects due to late treatment.

Evaluation with a Ultrasound and a CT scan might be needed to know the exact diagnosis.

Smoking does affect the blood vessels and reduce the flow to the kidneys.

I hope this helps.

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