completely normal. I'm just getting over yet another nasty kidney infection. This one was the worst yet. However, I had no fever or vomiting like I usually do. I went from a UTI to a full blown kidney infection in a few days.
Did your doctor send your urine off to be cultured? The lab will grow the bacteria and determine which antibiotic will best kill it. I'm on Cipro right now. After 10 days or so, you should return to your doctor for a re-test.
Give yourself some time and rest as much as possible. If you don't feel better in a few days, contact your doctor.
You can take steps to reduce your risk of kidney infection. Women, in particular, may benefit from these suggestions:
Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. Drinking plenty of liquids can help remove bacteria from your body when you urinate. In particular, cranberry juice may have infection-fighting properties. However, don't drink cranberry juice if you're taking the blood-thinning medication warfarin (Coumadin). Possible interactions between warfarin and cranberry juice can lead to bleeding.
Urinate frequently. Avoid holding back when you feel the urge to void.
Empty your bladder after intercourse. Urinating as soon as possible after intercourse helps to clear bacteria from the urethra, reducing your risk of infection. Also, drink a full glass of water to help flush bacteria from your urinary system.
Shower rather than bathe. If you're susceptible to infections, taking a shower instead of a tub bath can help prevent excess moisture that can contribute to infection.
Wipe carefully. For women, wiping from front to back after urinating and after a bowel movement helps to prevent bacteria in your anal region from spreading to your urethra.
Wash gently. Wash the skin around your vagina and anus carefully every day. But don't use harsh soaps or wash vigorously. The delicate skin around these areas can become irritated.
Avoid using feminine products in your genital area. Using feminine products, such as deodorant sprays or douches, in your genital area can irritate your urethra.
Lifestyle and home remedies
These tips may help to reduce pain or discomfort as you recover from kidney infection:
Try heat. Place a heating pad on your abdomen, back or side to reduce feelings of pressure or pain.
Use pain medicine. For fever or discomfort, take a nonaspirin pain reliever that contains acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) as directed by your doctor, or take a prescription medication that he or she provides.
Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids will help to flush bacteria from your urinary tract. Avoid citrus juices, coffee, alcohol and soft drinks with caffeine until your infection has cleared. These products can aggravate your frequent or urgent need to urinate.
If you have recurrent kidney infections, let your doctor know. Together, you can develop a strategy to reduce recurrences.