Why Does Kidney Infection Cause Fatigue?

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Running out of energy after fighting the infection

A number of various infections can cause fatigue – and this is quite normal. For instance you may feel very tired for a few days or even weeks after a bout of flu.


The same thing goes for kidney infection. The body needs more energy to fight the infection. It may goes into overdrive as it begins to fight against the infection. As a result you can have lack of energy, particularly if the body fails to win the battle!

Coping with kidney infection symptoms

Fever, pain, or frequent urination – for instances, are a lot to cope with. These symptoms can be very bothersome and drain your energy a lot.

Another kidney infection symptom, lack of appetite is also to blame. If you don’t eat enough, you cannot fully replace the energy that you have lost. Appetite loss may also cause particular nutrient deficiencies. As a result, your body doesn’t get what it needs to fight the infection optimally!

It might be a side effect of antibiotic

The first line of treatment is with antibiotics since the infection is usually caused by bacteria.

When you take antibiotics, it’s important to take them as directed. Even though the symptoms of the infection begin to improve a few days of treatment, you need to take the entire course of the treatment to make sure that the problem is completely treated and eliminated!

The use of antibiotics may also contribute to cause feeling very tired in some cases. Unfortunately although it has been appreciated for a long time that some people who take antibiotics have debilitating fatigue, but this issue is still not clear exactly why!

Kidney damage

As mentioned before, kidney infection can be severe enough to hurt or damage the kidney – especially true if the infection is left untreated or not treated promptly.

Kidney damage is one of the worst complications of the infection. The damage may impair the kidney function. If the kidneys don’t work as well as they should, the concentration of certain substances (such as wastes) in the blood builds up – and fatigue can be one of the symptoms.

Citations /references:

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/kidney-infection/basics/definition/con-20032448
  2. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Kidney-infection/Pages/Introduction.aspx
  3. http://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-06-2012/medications-that-cause-chronic-fatigue.html


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