The Doctors: Urinary Tract Infection vs Kidney Stones
Michelle was balled up on her bathroom floor not to long ago and she had no idea where all the pain was coming from. She told The Doctors she felt like she was being stabbed and every inch of her body was hurting. When she went to the doctor, he told her she either had a urinary tract infection or she had kidney stones.
Dr. Jennifer Berman said it could have been either but one characteristic that makes the two easy to decipher is if the pain goes away, then it is a kidney stone. The pain subsides because the stone passed. For Michelle, the pain never passed.
Dr. Berman also chastised Michelle for waiting a few days to see the doctor, saying the longer you wait for this type of pain the larger the risk of getting an infection in the kidney.
Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms
- Strong and persistent urge to urinate.
- Burning sensation while urinating.
- Cloudy urine.
- Passing small amounts of urine.
- Strong smelling urine.
Kidney Stone Symptoms
- Severe pain in the side of back
- Lower abdomen pain
- Pain that comes in waves or fluctuations
- Pink or red urine
- Cloudy or foul smelling urine
Kidney Stone Infections
While there are stones associated with UTIs, Dr. Berman was certain Michelle has a kidney stone. She went over some of the symptoms of a kidney infection to let Michelle know how much danger she was putting herself in by not going to the doctor.
- Back or side pain
- Frequent urination
- Abdominal pain
- Pus or blood in urine
What is Vesicoureteral Reflux?
Another problem Dr. Berman wanted women to be aware of is something called vesicoureteral reflux, which is a problem with the bladder where the urine does not travel to the bladder but instead into the kidneys.
Preventing Kidney Stones
Dr. Berman said the only way to prevent kidney stones is to drink a lot of liquids all the time but to also be aware after you have had one kidney stone, you have a greater chance of getting more in the future.
Options for Adults with Baby Teeth
Kiki does like her imperfect teeth and she was hoping The Doctors would have some advice on how she can get her teeth to be perfectly aligned and how she can take care of the baby teeth in her mouth that never fell out.
Dr. Karent Sierra said there are three options for Kiki.
- Composite Filling – This filled the mouth with resin and opens the pores of the enamel
- Porcelain Crowns – While these are bit more expensive they last longer. The dentist simply “caps” the tooth with a fake porcelain tooth that looks similar to the other teeth.
- Tooth Shaping – For teeth that are simply misshapen, the dentist can reshape the tooth to look less out of place.