How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Phil, MD Your Own Question
Dr. Phil, MD
Dr. Phil, MD, Board Certified Physician
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 55458
Experience:  GP in the United States
55099014
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr. Phil, MD is online now

I'm worried a might have a kidney infection. How quickly do

Customer Question

I'm worried a might have a kidney infection. How quickly do symptoms show after becoming infected?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.
thanks for this question
The symptoms come on pretty quickly after infection and this certainly sounds like an infection
It generally starts in the urinary tract and goes to the kidney
could also be a stone.
You need a urine sample run for infection/blood/stones ASAP
ibuprofen won't hurt you at all
Dr. Phil, MD and 2 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

it's 5 a.m. so I can't see a doctor for quite a while yet. I haven't been to bed.

if I got infected late last night/early hours - would the back pain have waited until 8pm the following evening to manifest? I literally have no other symptoms.

and I'm also at the tail end of my period, so even the blood doesn't confirm anything.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
Yes it could take that long Just go to ER
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

I don't think I can get to ER/A&E right now. I can't drive and there are no buses at this time.

Plus, even if I was there - I would most likely be sitting there for hours before anyone will even see me.

I really am stuck at the moment.

Will it be alright if I go to bed and then visit the GP tomorrow? It's too late to book an appointment, I'll just have to go there and wait.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 1 year ago.
How long til you can go? How many hours?