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Fever, feeling no energy. Has UTI spread to KIDNEY?

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Hello! I have had fever and no energy for about 24 hours now and have been taking two aspirin every four hours.The aspirin helps and I do sweat. I am also taking two vitamin C per day. My fever ranges from 100 to 102.9. For about 6 days before I had UTI symptoms which were not as intense as I've experienced before. For the past three days my lower back area has been in a dull pain that I noticed every now and then. My fear is that the UTI has spread to the kidney area which is inducing this fever. It is 20 degrees outside in NYC and I do not think I have the energy to go to the doctor. What is your recommendation on how I should proceed. Perhaps I need to get an antibiotic prescription? Thanks.

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Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 4 Days.

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With a previous history of UTI, and current dull aching pain in the back, it is mostly related to your UTI.
You need to start antibiotic right away, as the fever and generalised discomfort associated with UTI can be severe if not controlled early. Regarding spreading to kidneys, chances are less, it depends on how you respond to the antibiotic therapy.
Kindly get a prescription for Tab. Cotrimoxazole ( TMP-SMX ) which works really well for UTIs. It needs to be taken for 10-14 days depending on the severity. Also you need to drink plenty of water and cranberry juice. Stop having vitamin c as it will make the urine alkaline and cause more discomfort.
Hope this was helpful,

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