Skip to content


Have you had a kidney transplant or are waiting for one? Then visit the Organ Transplant Community and the Diabetes and Kidney Community to share your experiences with other community members!

Are you newly diagnosed? Use the WebMD search engine to read articles like Understanding Kidney Disease.
Severe Pain/Kidney Infection?
Paigehere posted:
For about a week and a half I have had some discomfort in my lower back, and the sides of my lower back, stomach, and have been nausea. Since I have also had troubling with regulating my body temp., I'm either hot or cold. I'm a pretty cold-natured person, but the past few days I've only been extremely hot. The past 2 days the pain has grown and it is pretty constant now. Sharp pains in both sides of my lower back and my lower stomach. I have been drinking fluids and can't hardly "go" at all. I attributed my back pain to work, the cold/hot sweats and nausea to my birth control pill and to a nasty bug going around. I don't know if I should call my doctor tomorrow or if I should possibly head to the hospital tonight? Could I have damaged my kidneys or depending on the severeness of the infection be life-threatening? Help?
Lainey_WebMD_Staff responded:
HI Paigehere,

I am sorry you are in pain. If you are concerned please contact your local ER. I hope you feel better soon. Please keep us updated.

Take care,


Spotlight: Member Stories

Our youngest son went to the er for a concusion and 8 hours later we were going through testing for his kidney. At first dr's thought after he hit...More

Helpful Tips

I have a uti and severe kidney pain, Is this common?
I have a uti and such bad kidney pain that I can hardly move, I cant bend down and it hurts more than I can explain. the pain comes and ... More
Was this Helpful?
0 of 0 found this helpful

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.