My Kidneys Hurt And I'm Freaking Out
January 3, 2014 2:42 PM Subscribe
Hey. I've had a kidney infection before, years ago. Now my kidneys ache, I'm suddenly (as of a couple days ago) nauseous all the time, and apparently I've had many/most of the symptoms of kidney disease for months now and just didn't put the pieces together. I have an appointment for Monday morning to see a doctor at my usual clinic. Am I okay to wait a few more days or is this an emergency room situation? Is there anything I can be doing in the meantime to feel less awful?
I hate being that person with a panicky medical question, but I have to stop googling this or I'm going to ACTUALLY have a panic attack, and I'm hoping some of you have direct experience with this and can give me some perspective about what I should do.
(NOTE: I have health insurance, but I'm also in a big northeastern city, and I don't want to go to the emergency room unless this is actually an emergency. It'll be full of people with slip-and-fall injuries today and I don't want to be in the way OR pointlessly rack up an enormous copay.)