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Kidney pain: kidney stones or urinary tract infection?

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I had a urinary tract infection in late Aug early Sept 2006. I was not professionally diagnosed or treated. My left kidney and bladder hurt when I peed. I drank only water and cranberry juice for a couple of weeks and it seemed to go away. Since then, I have had a pretty steady ache in that kidney. It's not intense and it isn't constant, but I wonder if there is some damage to that kidney or something serious that needs checked out. My insurance sucks so that's why I haven't had it checked out. It seems to be worse when I drink a lot of coffee, tea, or sodas. It's starting to worry me now.


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replied March 13th, 2007
Kidney Conditions Answer A2400
An ultrasound scan and urinary/blood analyses can indicate if a possible urinary infection damaged your kidneys, or not. You might be experiencing kidney stones combined with a urinary tract infection. You can visit your primary health provider for further diagnostics.
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