A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common infection of the urinary system. People with a UTI typically experience an increased need to urinate, back pain, and a burning sensation when they urinate. A doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat a UTI.
UTIs can involve the bladder, urethra, and kidneys. An untreated UTI may allow the infection to spread to other parts of the body, such as from the bladder to the kidneys. If a person suspects they have a UTI, they should contact a doctor.
This article discusses whether UTIs can cause back pain, other symptoms of UTIs, and how doctors treat these types of infections.
A UTI that has not caused complications in the body will
A kidney infection is a type of UTI. It
If a person suspects they have a UTI or kidney infection, they should contact a doctor.
Learn about the differences between UTIs and kidney infections.
Treating the UTI may ease the back pain. A doctor may prescribe a combination of drugs, such as antibiotics and pain relieving medications, to treat a UTI.
A person may need to take antibiotics
Placing a heating pad on the back or abdomen
Drinking a lot of water and other liquids can stimulate urination. Urinating frequently can help speed up recovery from a UTI. However, a doctor may not recommend drinking a lot of water if a person has certain conditions, such as kidney failure or heart disease.
In cases where symptoms are severe, hospitalization may be necessary.
Back pain is not the only symptom that a person with a UTI
UTI symptoms may include:
- a burning feeling while urinating
- a frequent and intense need to urinate, even without a full bladder
- a frequent need to urinate during the night
- cloudy or dark-colored urine
- strong-smelling urine
- back pain
- bloody urine
- a high temperature of 39.5ºC (103.1ºF) or a very low temperature below 36°C (96.8°F)
Kidney infection symptoms
Without treatment, a UTI may cause a kidney infection. People with a kidney infection
If a doctor suspects a UTI, they
Imaging tests can help to identify and confirm a kidney infection. These
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about UTIs.
Where does the back hurt with a UTI?
People with a UTI may experience pain in their back, below the ribs. They may also have pain in the lower part of their abdomen.
How might a person know whether a UTI has spread to the kidneys?
If a UTI has spread to the kidneys, people may experience additional symptoms, including:
- back and side pain
How long does back pain last with UTI?
People with UTIs
Is back pain with a UTI serious?
Back pain with a UTI
A UTI can cause back pain. This type of pain may also be a sign of a kidney infection, which is one of the most severe types of UTI.
People with UTIs may experience an increased need to urinate, and they may have pain or a burning sensation while doing so. If a person with these symptoms also experiences nausea or vomiting, this can indicate a kidney infection.
A doctor may recommend antibiotics to treat a UTI. However, mild infections may go away on their own.
People who suspect they have a UTI should contact a doctor. The doctor can recommend the most appropriate treatment for their condition.