(Closed) How do you know it’s a UTI? (TMI)

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Unfortunately I had a lot of UTI’s when I was a teen/early 20s.  My symtoms were feeling like I had to pee very often, and when I went to pee, only a couple drops came out.  Also it was kind of like a strange stinging sensation when I peed, it’s kind of hard to describe.  I’ve never had blood in my pee with a UTI though.  Best to go to the doc!!!  PS if you’re prone, take some cranberry pills or drink cranberry juice.  When I started to feel the UTI coming on, I would up the dosage and sometimes it even prevented it from coming full on.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

I have heard blood in the urine can happen, but I never have had it myself. I take cranberry supplements every day.  I’ve only had one Uti since staying faithfully on it.  I used to get more.

But you will probably need antibiotics to kick it if you have one, and if there is blood, it will probably be nothing,but it would be good to know for sure

In the meantime there are over the counter pills that help with the burning, and I also find drinking water a TON to make it so that you actually have something to pee out, helps a lot!

Good luck :))

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Oh yes, and I should add that to also help prevent them, the doc told me to pee at least 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after sex to “wash” away the bacteria.  They’ll prob tell you something similar too!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

I never saw blood actually *in* my pee but it was always on the TP when I wiped. Burning is definitely the biggest warning sign, it’s most likely a UTI.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Well, based on my experience I wouldn’t expect there to be blood in urine until the UTI has gotten so painful that it would be unmistakable. It would hurt every time you pee and get worse and worse. I only had it get to the point of blood once or twice and it was because I let it go too long without treatment, and it hurt sooo bad by then.

If the pain goes away after that one time maybe it’s just spotting? But you should get yourself to a doctor to be sure, especially if it continues to hurt.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015

The first one I ever had, I was terrified because of the blood in my pee 🙁 Fiance took me to the ER. I was apparently really bad at noticing those first ‘symptoms’ like the tingle/twinge when you pee and the frequency issue. *I could see it in my stream and after while ‘cleaning up’*

I’ve only ever had 2 more after that, and I’ve learned to catch them earlier. Frequent urges with not a lot of output is a big sign, and I feel like I’ve got weird little twinges that are 1/4th of a period cramp but they’re constant. I get in ASAP now to get the antibiotics and the ‘orange pee’ pills that are basically “numb-ers”.

Just go into the walk-in and let them know you think that you have a UTI. You’ll pee in a cup and wait a bit, and if it is, they’ll give you your meds pretty quick-like and you’ll feel much better in a few hours. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

You know it’s a UTI by completeing a urinalysis.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I had a few UTIs before and I had a really severe one once where there was blood in my urine. But everything else was noticable prior to that like back pain, painful urination when I could actually go, urinary retention etc. It is not something you just let slide by and if it is a UTI there is nothing OTC to cure it, only help the symptoms relieve some. You need to see a physician to have a UA done.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I used to get habitual uti’s as a child and it sucked a lot.  Burning is a big indicator, like @helenberrycrunch: said, you need a urinalysis.  They can get much worse, pelvic pain, back cramps, etc. Something to be taken seriously!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I have only had 2, but they both started the same way – I had to pee about every 2 minutes! Plus it hurt.  Mine wasn’t so much a burn as a twinge, and I had blood both times. 

The last time I had one, in November, it turned into a kidney infection, and I had horrible back pains.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

There a lot of things that are minor that mimic UTI symptoms, but it’s an easy test and not expensive at all -even without insurance-, so why risk permanent damage?

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