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I have been having recurrent kidney infections every 6 months since graduating from college 4 years ago. I've been in and out of hospitals with pyelonephritis - my symptoms have included low grade fevers, debilitating back spasms, chronic fatigue, swollen eye lids, and (obviously) positive urine cultures. My last episode of pyelonephritis was in mid-June, and I wound up throwing up and becoming very ill. I was put on IV antibiotics, and then treated with other antibiotics for 3 weeks. My urologist did a cystoscopy after one week of antibiotics, and he said my bladder looked normal, but he had to remove several polyps from my urethra. He said that they could either be the cause or effect of my infections, but it appears they may have just been the effect (as I now have another infection). He did not view, or scope, the ureters or the kidneys. Now, about 3 weeks after finishing my antibiotics, I am getting the same back spasms in my right side, and my culture tested positive for Group B strep. I have no idea what is going on, but it's taking longer and longer for antibiotics to kick in (sometimes they don't even work, and I need rocephin shots). On a possibly related note, I've been struggling with some autoimmune disease-like symptoms over the past year - I would like someone to figure out if all of this is related! I've been feeling general malaise nearly every day - drowsy, confused, drained, and generally ill. I have been diagnosed with horrible dry eye (the driest she has even seen, and I'm only 26). I've also been having skin problems... dryness and scaling (as well as melasma, and I'm not pregnant, never have been), and for the past three weeks I have had red blotches all over my stomach (a couple on my side). And, I have lost so much hair in the last year. I wind up losing at least a fist of hair every day. I've been tested for several things... the only things doctors have found that are out of the ordinary in my blood work are a low WBC count (4.0), a high cortisol level, and an elevated rheumatoid factor (52). I'm negative for all STDs, and many diseases like Lyme, Ehrlychia, Mono, etc. I do have a partially duplicated right ureter (that is where 90% of my spasms begin - on the ride side flank/back). The duplication comes out of the kidney, and then they join before reaching the bladder. Is there anything you can think of that might be causing these infections? They are making me lose my zest for life - I'm a professional athlete, and I've had to stop all activity because of this. I am so desperate for an answer... please please help. Thank you so much for your time.

Any abnormality of the urinary tract, such as the duplicated ureter from your right kidney, can be associated with recurrent urinary tract infections.  You may need to consult with an infectious disease specialist to be on antibiotics for a more prolonged period of time. 62 more words

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During treatment for prostate cancer, doctor found my right ureter was blocked and right kidney swollen, with thin walls. Inserted stent for drainage. Later renogram showed: FINDINGS: There is homogenous distribution of the radiopharmaceutical within the renal cortex of the left kidney. There is delayed initial renal cortical uptake with persistent uptake on delayed imaging. The differential function is 32.5 % for the right and 67.5 % for the left kidney. On the right, the renal pelvis is dilated and photopenic on the initial images fills in after Lasix administration. The right ureter is dilated to the midportion which is seen after Lasix administration as well. The time to peak activity is 28.4 minutes. Following Lasix administration, there is virtually no emptying of the pelvis with a markedly prolonged Lasix T-one-half emptying time of 21.5 minutes. On the left, the time to peak activity is normal at 4.4 minutes with a normal T-one-half emptying time of 7 minutes. There is no pelvic retention of the radiopharmaceutical at 30 minutes. IMPRESSION: 1. Severely impaired function of the right kidney with no significant response after Lasix administration. Retained tracer within the renal pelvis and proximal and mid ureter corresponds to the appearance on the CT from 3/4/2016. This suggests ureteral obstruction. 2. Normal function of the left kidney. 3. Differential function is: 67.5% for the left kidney and 32.5% for the right kidney. Blood and urine tests were all in the normal range (except PSA, which is high due to the cancer). Blood creatinine at 1.12 mg/dl. eGFR & eGFRAA both above 60. One doctor is suggesting removal of the kidney, another doctor suggests leaving it in and changing the stent every few months. Any particular benefits or risks for these courses?

The question that you ask is a urological question.  I am a nephrologist and I have no expertise in the urinary tract system and I do not perform surgery.   27 more words

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