Post # 1
Someone calm my fears. I’ve never had a bladder infection before, so after a rough weekend I found a walk-in clinic. The doc told me I was positive for bacteria in my bladder, gave me some antibiotics, said they’d work in a few days and they’d call to confirm the infection upon results from the lab.
I don’t have anything like burning when I pee, or having to urinate frequently, just this crazy, intense pain in my abdomen. I took my 4th (of 14) pills this morning, but I was up last night from 3-4ish in extreme pain. I ended up popping some Advil to get back to sleep. It doesn’t hurt to push on my stomach or anything like that, it’s just this radiating pain that freaks me out immensely.
Is this normal? Are they always this bad? I’m going to eat cranberry pills for the rest of my life if so, because I definitely do NOT want a repeat!!
Post # 3
It’s normal. Ride out your antibiotics until the prescription runs out.
What gave you the infection? I used to get them on a regular monthly basis. After about 2 years of dealing with this and running tests, we (the doctors and I) figured out it was a type of soap I was using. I stopped using it, and I stopped getting them. I’m 38 and I haven’t had one since I was about 22 or 23.
Post # 4
Mine have hurt that badly, although it’s usually the burning/urge to go sensation that’s worst for me. I haven’t had a UTI in awhile, but I used AZO pills to help with pain. They turn your urine bright red/orange but they also – blessedly – numb everything up for a few hours.
Post # 5
Go back to the doctor. You could be on the wrong meds. You could have a kidney infection or even kidney stones. Both are horrible. You’re meds should work quickly, especially on the pain.
Post # 6
Let me start by saying I AM NOT A DOCTOR (I do however watch massive amount of Greys) with that said I have had 2 BI in my lifetime and neither of them felt like what you are describing. If you are in that much pain I would probably schedule and appointment with your General practitioner to make sure there isn’t something else going on. Do keep in mind that everyone’s body reacts different to infections and the symptoms like burning urination and frequent potty breaks are just the COMMON ones. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon!
Post # 7
It hurts a lot, yes. But the fact that it is in your abdomen and not the typical burning/urgency gives me pause. I agree with MrsWishyWashy- it might have ascended to your kidneys so you should probably go back to the doctor just in case. It happened to me once and believe me it is nothing to mess around with.
Unfortunately the strains of bacteria (usually E.coli) that cause UTIs are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Cipro used to be the drug of choice but it is often ineffective now. You should probably try Macrodantin- that is what my doctor has given me in case I get another one.
In terms of prevention, this is what I do:
-HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE! The more you are peeing, the less of a chance there is for bacteria to get a foothold.
-Cranberry pill before bed
-Always pee after sex.
Post # 8
Not normal. I had one last week and felt better after 12 hours of antibiotics. My doctor said to go to the ER if pain persisted our got worse, or if my abdomen our back hurt. You could have a kidney infection or something worse than a bladder infection. Go see a doctor today!
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for their input!
Just to clarify – the pain has not moved since my visit to the doctor. It’s very, very low and in my pelvic region (I don’t know why I said abdomen), and it’s not consistent at all. My first fear was that I was having some kind of kidney problem (because I overreact and assume everything stomach is appendix/kidneys), but the doc wasn’t concerned due to the localization of the pain (I suppose).
I will listen to everything everyone has said though – going to keep on with my antibiotics and go to work today (haha as if I’ll be productive), see if the clinic calls with the lab confirmation, and in the meantime book an appointment with my GP or head to the ER tonight if I am still hurting!
Post # 10
I have had about 5 UTIs in my lifetime. The last one was in the bladder and then went to the kidneys. I didn’t recognize it as a UTI at first because I didn’t have the burning sensation that usually comes with a UTI. It was definitely more painful than my regular UTIs.
It is possible the the bacteria is resistant to the type of antibiotic you are taking, so that is why you need to call about the culture results. It is also possible that you need a stronger medication.
Post # 11
thats not a simple bladder infection – thats a UTI. Pick up some AZO standard or the off brand (for urinary pain relief) and take that until the pain goes away. I had a very bad UTI a few months ago to the point where i think it was infecting my kidneys – after one night taking azo standard i was feeling better…. That was not something advil could do. The antibiotics will work but they do take time since they are trying to kill the bacteria – not the pain. For the pain you need the AZO.
Post # 12
I’d call your doctor’s office and ask to talk to a nurse. Almost always they have a nurse available to call you back who you can discuss your issue with and she can actually look at your chart and give you good advice about what is normal or not normal, or when you need to come back in or go to the ER.
Post # 13
@Kate0558: +1 for AZO pain reliever
Post # 14
It’s NOT your kidneys like a couple PP’s mentioned. If it had ascended to your kidneys, it would hurt in your back, not your abdomen. (If someone pounding on either side of your back about belly-button-height hurts, then you know it’s in your kidneys.)
Your symptoms do not sound like any UTI I’ve ever had. I’ve always experienced the symptoms you mentioned you do not have (frequency, burning), but not abdomen pain to that degree. I would assume that if they did a culture, that your doc knows what he’s talking about though and you probably just need to stay on the meds.
Call to get your culture results to confirm the diagnosis, and then you’ll know for sure. As PP’s said, you can also get a little orange pill for the pain if you call your doc and askt he rx to be called into the pharmacy.
Post # 15
There are also drugs that mimic UTIs, Nucynta (pain med) is one of them. I just wanted to add this in case someone thought they might have had a UTI but tested negative.
OP, I would call again and inform them of the new pain and that it is interfering with your sleep and productivity and if they could call in something stronger. Vicodin/profin used to be a normal prescription along with the antibiotics. Keep us posted!
Post # 16
Thanks everyone for the input!
I called my regular GP to set up an appointment for a second opinion, but he’s booked through til the end of next week. My new plan of attack is to call the clinic that diagnosed me later today (if they don’t call me first), and then to head back and see them tonight or tomorrow morning depending on the pain.
It’s dissipated a bit since this morning, when I was having trouble sleeping and really upset about it, but my back is a bit sore now. No other symptoms, and nothing incredibly painful, so I’m thinking the back business might just be me having a paranoid reaction.
If anything gets too terrible, I’ll head to the ER.
Really appreciate everyone’s feedback 🙂