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Frequent urination and lower back pain

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I urinate very frequently (15-20 times a day at least and get up all during the night to go), have lower back pain - so bad that I just stay in bed some days, and abdominal pain. If I hold the bathroom I almost get sick and pass out and hurt really bad after I use it. I went to hospital 2 months ago, was given Cipro intravenously and sent home with Bactrim. Last week, the kidney specialist gave me macrobid to take. So, I have had frequent urination, bad lower back pain, and abdominal pain for over 2 months now. What is this??? I am VERY concerned. I'm a female and only 29 years old.

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replied June 15th, 2010
Urinary and Bladder Disorders Answer A13204
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know the cause of the symptoms that you experience.

Urinary tract infections are characterized by a frequent need to urinate, itching or discomfort in the genital area, pain when urinating, pain in the lower abdomen (which suggests cystitis) and pain in the back side of the flank (which suggests kidney infection), pus or milky urine. Urinary tract infections are diagnosed with a laboratory test on a urine sample and a bacteriological culture with an antibiogram from a urine sample. Urinary tract infections are treated with antibiotics according to the antibiogram results.

According to the data that you described, it is likely that you are experiencing a urinary tract infection (kidney infection). You may need to have a bacterial culture with an antibiogram. You may also need to take antibiotics according to the antibiogram results. Consume cranberry juice or tea because these plants have antiseptic effects and are used in treatment of urinary tract infections.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider such as a nephrologist for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.

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