Thursday, May 13, 2004

Two weeks of next to no sleep on a night due to excrutiating pain in my left flank... approx over left kidney I reckon. Cannot stay in bed...grabs & stabs with cramps in waves...

so wierd that it does not bother me during the day, could it be a reaction to the nightly dose of antidepressants I wonder?

Tues 3rd May, saw Dr B, sent urine for testing came back clear as .....(Had some urinary tract infection earlier this year.. 1st symptom was peeing blood

Thurs 13th MAY re results as above .. reckons most likely a pulled muscle also sent for chest X Ray & asked if bowels ok ... which they are apart from constipation due to pain killing meds (fibogel needed despite juice/ fruit intake)

I have cut out alcohol..well 5 units over past 2 weeks , 1 glass wine last sat, 1/2 beer sunday & 3 x 1/2 beer with meal out tuesday...Have also stopped all supplements in case ....

Made appointmment for tommorrow with osteopath to follow up pulled muscle suggestion rather than wait a month to see the surgery physio.

Dr B was adamant that any kidney problem whatsoever would have shown in urine test...???
But a little digging on Prodigy & NHS Direct show that is not always the case
eg Loin Pain Hematuria Syndrome (LPHS) Chronic interstitial nephritis...resembling chronic bacterial pyelonephritis but in which evidence foran etiologic role for bacterial infection is lacking. DrugsΧnot only prescription drugs but also non-prescription drugs as in analgesic nephropathyΧare common causes of chronic interstitial nephritis.

Colony counts less than < 105 CFU/mL of urine can be significant in at least 4
situations:Patients with pyelonephritisΧin whom the bacteria are multiplying mainly in
the kidneys rather than in the urinary bladderΧ not infrequently show colony counts less than <10 4 CFU/mL.
• Patients with symptoms of lower urinary tract infection have low colony
counts, which may indicate the “urethral syndrome” (see above).
• Low colony counts can also be important in patients with prostatitis and
• Low colony counts can be important in patients with fungal urinary tract

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