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Amy Schumer Hospitalized with Kidney Infection

The 36 year-old I Feel Pretty star was hospitalized for 5 days battling pyelonephritis.

As a result she’ll be missing the premiere of her new movie in London.

On Instagram, Schumer wrote:

Here’s what I’ve been up to this week. I was hospitalized for 5 days with a horrible kidney infection. I want to give a big thank you to the doctors, the bad ass nurses also my husband who’s name is, i want to say, Chris? and my sisters Kimby and mol who have been by my side the whole time. I wanted to share this with you because this is sexy as hell but mostly because I was meant to go to London for the opening of I Feel Pretty and my doctors have told me that’s a no go. I’m really disappointed selfishly to miss this trip because I love London and Europe in general and all the great people (food) there. But I need to put my health first. I am so grateful for all the support the movie is getting. I hope people check it out in England and everywhere else in the world. It’s sweet and fun and you will walk out feeling better. Which is something I hope to feel soon too.


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Amy Schumer is a cousin of Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer.

What is pyelonephritis?

Pyelonephritis is an infection of the kidney. The infection may start in the bladder as a urinary tract infection and then travel up the ureter to the kidney.  An infection of the kidney may cause swelling, preventing it from performing its duties of slowing the buildup of wastes and fluids in the body.


Signs of pyelonephritis include:

  • Blood in the urine
  • Burning with urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Fever
  • Back/flank pain
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Chills
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • and more

Those more prone to bladder infections and possibly pyelonephritis include people with:

  • Diabetes
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Poor bathroom hygiene (wiping stool into the urethra/vaginal area
  • HIV
  • Transplants/immunocomprimised
  • Catheters
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • and others

Treatment of pyelonephritis may include oral antibiotics and fluids.  However some infections are so severe that we admit to the hospital for IV antibiotics and fluids.

This is a developing story.


Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician


Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, Author

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