Hi, I am not sure whether this is the right place to ask so I apologise if not.
I have been having a lot of flank pain recently (right side, waist height and below) and assumed it was another kidney stone. I have tried to drink more water to "flush" the kidney (not an excessive amount) but ended up feeling more ill from some sort of electrolyte imbalance. I have found that cold water makes me feel very unwell, but I can tolerate dioralyte, or warm water with a sprinkle of sea salt without feeling sick, shivery or faint. My appetite has been non existent. Anyway, this week I ended up with a completely obstructed (and very painful) bowel - the doctor said I had no infection (after a very brief glance at a urine stick) and prescribed Laxido which did clear the blockage after a couple of days but the pain in my right kidney got worse.
I eventually went to the hospital drop-in clinic and was given Cipro for a kidney infection. Apparently actual kidney infections, unlike UTIs, take time to show a reading on a testing strip (previous doc said it was instant). After a couple of doses my kidney felt less sore but I have had some painful stomach cramps (like bad trapped wind under the ribs) and blurred vision. I looked up the side effects and found page after page of people claiming to have suffered terrible nerve damage and other issues after even a short course of Cipro.
I am now very worried about continuing to take this potentially dangerous drug, because I am already being investigated for autoimmune issues (almost certainly have Sjogren's) and suspect that I have low levels of minerals due to food allergies. It seems that Cipro might reduce levels of magnesium and B Vitamins resulting in tendon damage etc. However, it does seem to be killing the mystery bacteria that has been making me feel terrible for over a year.
What would you do?
Many thanks for your help xx