UWL student learns of her own kidney infection through a physical therapy class

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — A UW-La Crosse physical therapy student credits a recent kidney infection diagnosis to red flags raised in one of her classes.

Christonna Shafranski said she had been feeling out of sorts, with chills, a fever and a chronically aching back. Through her pathophysiology class, she learned that these symptoms were signals of a kidney infection called pyelonephritis.

“It felt like I kept getting punched from the inside,” Shafranski said.

Pyelonephritis can become very serious if left untreated. Shafranski ended up going to urgent care. Blood samples, a urine analysis and a Murphy’s test determined she had pyelonephritis. Shafranski was prescribed an antibiotic and is already feeling better.

She credits her class for helping her tie the symptoms to her eventual diagnosis.

“I kept checking these boxes and I didn’t know why,” Shafranski said. “It was interesting to see how accurate those red flags are that we’ve learned about in class, and how it can make a difference if you pay attention to them or not.”