Hi, I was wondering if anyone can help. I keep getting kidney infections, which clear up on antibiotics but come back. I bought some testing strips so that when I start to feel like an infection is coming on, I can check for leukocytes and then if they are present I can go to the doctor before it gets really painful. I am feeling very tired and shivery again with pain in my kidney area so I tested my wee this morning. Nothing happened to the leukocytes for quite a long time, and so I thought I may be mistaken about the infection. However, when I went to throw the stick in the bin about ten minutes later it had gone purple, reading 125++. I did another test a couple of hours later and timed it and it took 8 minutes for the purple to appear. The specific gravity is on the far right of the scale at 1.030.
Does this mean an infection is likely? The trouble is, the GP usually only waits a minute or so to see if an infection is present, they are unlikely to have a spare 8 minutes to wait. I strongly suspect that a stone is blocking my ureter on the right side, and that it is causing the infections. Other than continuing to try and flush it out, is there anything I can do instead of taking antibiotics? I don't want to keep taking painkillers either.
Any advice would be very welcome x