7. Chills

Chills

Chills often accompany a fever. They are caused by your muscles rapidly contracting and relaxing and can include teeth chattering as well as shivering. Another way to prevent urinary tract infection is to be sure to eat plenty of fiber. Constipation can contribute to the development of a urinary tract infection.

6. Back, Side or Groin Pain

Groin Pain

The pain of a swollen, irritated kidney can result in lower back pain. Pain may also radiate to the side or groin area. If you are diagnosed with a kidney infection, your doctor may recommend pain medication in addition to antibiotics. Additionally, a warm heating pad may help with pain as you recover.

5. Abdominal Pain

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain or pain in the lower abdomen can accompany a urinary tract infection. Your doctor may order a urine analysis to check for blood, pus, and bacteria. A urine culture will let your physician know which bacteria are involved in the infection. In some cases, your doctor may order an ultrasound to check for a urinary tract blockage. A physician may perform a digital rectal exam on men to check for an enlarged prostate gland. If necessary, additional imaging may be required to evaluate kidney damage.

Related: Maintaining Kidney Health

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