Extremely painful UTI :(! Advice?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Wait out the dr's office or go to hospital?
    Hospital : (13 votes)
    57 %
    Wait for doctors office : (10 votes)
    43 %
  • Post # 4
    163 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    @Omgbunnies:  hospital. if it feels bad enough to think about going to the hospital you should go. 

    Post # 5
    146 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Hospital for sure. I have chronic kidney infections and at that point I would be running to the ER. When the actual pain kicks in it isn’t long before you start peeing blood. The last time that happened to me I was screaming every time I peed I peed mostly blood. When I went to the hospital I was on the verge of kidney failure (not from that one kidney infection but from the frequent ones I’d had put a really bad strain on my kidneys)

    ER they will help a ton and you will feel back to normal in no time

    Post # 6
    75 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    I’ve had to go to the hospital for a UTI before because it was a long weekend and there was no out of hours doctor in my town. I got antibiotics but it took a day to kick in – cried all day it was so bad, and if you are peeing blood its scary!!! Drink as much sugar free cranberry juice as you can and try to get the sachet stuff that helps too. If it happens a lot and you are on BC consider changing it. i had UTIs pretty much constantly on one pill for 6 months until i figured out the link and stopped that pill. Feel very sorry for you, UTIs suck. Feel better soon!


    Post # 7
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Omgbunnies:  I think the hospital would likely have a longer wait than an hour for a non-emergency situation. It may make more sense to wait and get “rushed” into your GP or gyno because it will be more prioritized there.

    Post # 8
    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Oh I voted before reading the post. If it’s just an hour I’d wait, it’s not like they give you an instant relief pill and as PP pointed out you’ll probably wait an hour at a hospital if it’s just a UTI anyway.

    Post # 9
    114 posts
    Blushing bee

    I know how painful UTI’s can be – I once had to drive 4 hours in the car while I had one 🙁 But honestly, I’d wait till your regular doctor opens or go to an acute care place, not the ER. It’s not life-threatening, just really uncomfortable, and it will be way more expensive for you (and the ER) and time-consuming if you go to the hospital. You can usually call your doctor’s office, explain the symptoms over the phone, and they will write you a prescription and send it to the pharmacy without you even having to go to the doctor’s office (unless you’ve never been prescribed antibiotics before or have never had a UTI before). Until then, you should DEFINITELY invest in the AZO tablets. They are a life-saver! You can get them at any drug store over the counter, and they work amazingly and take effect after only about 15 minutes. It doesn’t cure the infection, but it helps with the symtpoms until the antibiotics kick in.  And finally, contrary to popular belief, cranberry juice doesn’t help once the infection is ready present 🙁

    Post # 10
    99 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    A teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in water.  Drink it quickly, it doesn’t taste very good so a chaser of something yummy helps.

    Post # 11
    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

    As a nurse, I would say to wait until your doctor’s office opens. You will not take priority in the ER and will likely wait longer there.

    Post # 12
    3833 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I went through a period of really frequent UTIs (I’m on a prescription, now) and something that helped while I was waiting for my doctor or urgent care to open was sitting in a warm bath.

    Also, drink as much water/sugar-free juice as you can – it won’t cure it, but it will help reduce the symptoms.

    After you see your doctor and get a prescription, stop by a drug store and get AZO – it will help with the pain & urgency until the prescription starts working.

    Post # 14
    3538 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    A teaspoon of Cream of Tartar powder mixed with water helps.  I used to do this back when I had no insurance to go to the doctor for a UTI.  If it’s THAT painful though, definitely go to your doctor.  I’ve never had one that was that bad.

    Post # 15
    849 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @Omgbunnies:  Heya! This is a little weird but I have a UTI too. Thursday I had TERRIBLE lower back and bladder pain. Like I was crying from being sore and I could only get an app for FRIDAY AFTERNOON! Sheesh!


    I took painkiller which seems to relive the spasm in the bladder until I could see the doctor, I also took loads of cranberry juice and drank a fruit salt compound that is intended to relieve heartburn (an old trick of my mom’s). It helped.


    Good luck.

    Post # 16
    1689 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    UTIs suck!  They get so bad so quickly!  I hope you feel better.

    I’d say wait it out so you can get seen right away.  In the meantime, drink as much as you can in fluids (water or unsweetened cranberry juice). 

    The baking soda trick mentioned by another Bee really does help.  I got a UTI on a Friday night once.  I chugged water like crazy and did the baking soda trick a couple times a day.  It helped me hold out until Monday

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