Patient Comments: Bladder Infection - Symptoms & Signs


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Comment from: My problem , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I feel the need to urinate again immediately after urinating. Then I feel discomfort. And I can't even sleep with the bladder infection. I can't stand well. Sometimes I feel like vomiting. My problem is that I feel uncomfortable in these situations.

Comment from: KT, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I was having pain after urinating and an urge to go urinate. Then, I started drinking a lot of water and the pain after urinating has almost gone. I had an appointment with the doctor and the test came out with bladder infection. He gave antibacterial agents, flopropione and pain killer for 7 days. I avoided taking the pain killer as there was no pain. The day after I started taking medicines I felt right side abdominal pain and then cramps, like periods. I am still having the same pain. This is the 4th day of medicine.

Comment from: may, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I went to the doctor she said I have bladder infection after my urine test, but refused to give me medicine due to her thinking I might be pregnant and told me to wait a few days. After 2 days past my period due date, I started experiencing really bad pain on my lower abdomen, and today is my 4th day I couldn't sleep the whole night because of it.

Comment from: Yougotink, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

My first ever urinary tract infection (UTI), it burned like fire when I urinated, I cramped and I hurt. But then my last two have been completely different. I feel kind of like a light pressure to use the bathroom to urinate, with an almost dull ache if I move just right on my left side. I originally thought that it was gas or my muscle was sore. Also my urine had a sweetish scent. I actually ignored all this the first time thinking it would probably go away on its own and I did not realize I had a UTI because I never burned when I had to urinate or anything. Also my urine was clear and yellow or just clear (I was drinking a ton of water) and I urinated normal amounts; just a bit more frequently. But it was literally just enough to make me guess whether I was really just going to the bathroom more than usual or if I just didn't realize how often I usually go the bathroom. Anyway, when I didn't get it treated I woke up the day after Christmas, super sick, throwing up, chills and all. I ended up in the emergency room with a kidney infection. So this time when I noticed my urine had a sweetish scent I went straight to urgent care and they confirmed I had a UTI. I really hope this helps other people who aren't sure if they do have a UTI because they don't have the extreme urgency to urinate or the burning that most people get. Also I found out that my grandmother was the same as I was and did not have the burning or urgency either so maybe it is genetics.

Comment from: Christy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

The only bladder infection symptom I had was extreme lower abdominal pain and fever.

Comment from: Quba, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I have a painful sensation when urination ends. And burning all the time from the bladder infection.

Comment from: Nicola Smith, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I felt hot and cold with bladder infection.

Comment from: Bernadette, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 19

I get smelly and cloudy urine, and stomach cramps because of bladder infection. I have a very badly prolapsed bladder. I don't use anything but water with lemon, white tea, and eat organic cranberries.

Comment from: lynn, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 13

My bladder infection symptom was mostly a nasty odor, almost an acid one.

Comment from: h9096, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 16

I've had chronic bladder infections for almost 2 years now. Sometimes I can recognize my symptoms, other times I don't know I have one until I'm suddenly in extreme pain and decide to make a visit to the emergency room. More often than not I present with painful urination and frequency, but that's about it. When they go unnoticed, I often develop somewhat extreme abdominal pain (usually middle to lower area) and diarrhea, along with lots of spasming in my lower abdomen. Like any medical condition, it's always important to get checked out, even if it could be nothing, because it also could be something. Listen to your body!


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Comment from: Vd, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I've had quite a few urinary tract infections (UTIs) but this last one has been different. I tried to self-treat it with cranberry juice, etc. After 2weeks I started having a stinging pain in my bladder region, then cramps. Now I've been on antibiotics for 5 days, but the abdominal pain is the same. Urologist has no answer for me. Thanks!

Comment from: kenny m., Male (Patient) Published: October 22

When I go and urinate it stings and I go a lot in a day’s time, about every 2 hours. I don't have any pain in my back or anywhere else because of bladder infection.

Comment from: ella, Female (Patient) Published: September 18

I get urinary tract infections (UTIs) on average twice a year, and the severity of symptoms is increasing with each episode. Being in tune with my body is essential, because the symptoms develop rapidly. During the most recent episode, I went from dull abdominal pain to urgency, blood in my urine with extreme burning when voiding, chills and nausea in three hours! I went for a blood test at the three hour mark, but asked my husband to bring me home while he waited for the prescription to be filled because I was at the point where getting off the toilet was not an option! I spent another three hours there before I could go lay down, but still had to make frequent bathroom visits for several hours. I think the single, most effective preventative measure is to drink lots of water every day.

Comment from: JudyP, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

When I get a bladder infection, I have all the normal symptoms, i.e., burning, extreme pain at the end of urinating, chills, and the general "I wish this would go away" feeling. However, in addition I get diarrhea and I pass out quite frequently and have right flank pain. My urologist can't explain these last few symptoms.

Comment from: SEPF, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I was having severe pain in my lower right abdomen. Initially, I attributed this intense pain to menstrual cramps and the fibroid tumors I knew were present. However, after my cycle ended, the pain remained and worsened. Still, I was blaming the pain on the uterine fibroids. Even with my high tolerance for pain, the pain was unbearable and seemed to have moved from my lower right side to my lower back. I began to question if the pain was due to an increase in the size of the fibroids, one or more of the fibroids degenerating as they sometimes do when they outgrow the blood supply, or, possibly, the pain was because of a bladder infection. I only considered a bladder infection because of the intense pain in the lower right region of my abdomen as I had not experienced an increased urgency nor frequency of urination nor any burning during or at the end of urination. So, I visited my gynecologist 4 days back and sure enough she called yesterday stating I had a bladder infection and she was calling in a prescription to the local pharmacy for pickup. The moral here is be careful of self-diagnosis; the symptoms can be misleading. Better to go to the doctor and let the experts figure it out for you!

Comment from: Mire, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had confused bladder infection with menstrual cramps (which I never get), there was blood in my underwear, I had cramps in my lower abdomen and my urine odor was normal. I tried apple cider vinegar mixed with water but what worked best was baking soda and water (and of course a healthy diet) that would ensure a healthy Ph in my body.

Comment from: slamdunk, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

As a registered nurse I was well aware of what I thought were the symptoms of urinary tract infection (UTI). However I had no burning etc., just the urge to go after I had just voided, and a horrible pain in my lower left abdomen. I was amazed when my urine showed some blood cells and infection. I was so happy to read that someone else on this post had my exact symptoms bladder infection.

Comment from: pari, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I am suffering from this urinary tract infection from last 5 months. I’m having too much pain around my pelvic region and lower abdomen; itching problem is there and burning is too much. It smells too bad near vaginal the region. After getting diagnosed too I’m not getting relief.

Comment from: Wishing Well, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I have had continuous urinary tract infections for the past 2 years. My urologist, gynecologist and primary physician have all given me antibiotics on a continual basis. Once I finish a schedule of antibiotics, the next day, a new urinary tract infection symptoms begin. I am looking for any doctor who can help me get to the cause. So far, no cause has been found. I am afraid that I am taking too much antibiotic medicine.


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Comment from: khizar, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 24

With bladder infection I am seeing blood cells in urine 3 to 5 and pus cells 2 to 3 and my urine color is cloudy. During urination lots of clots of blood are seen.

Comment from: Scorpio, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I had a sharp pain on the right side of my abdomen. I thought it might be appendicitis. I went to emergency room and was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection (UTI). I have been on antibiotics for 3 days now but I am still experiencing the pain from about 5.00 am to mid-afternoon. I hope it goes away soon.

Comment from: Paige, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

I had no pain at all when urinating, but a constant urge to "go," even as soon as 10 minutes after urinating. I also experienced intense cramping in the lower left part of my abdomen.

Comment from: uyrt, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I feel pain while urinating and a slight itching in my urinary tract – but do not have any bleeding or pain elsewhere. I can’t tolerate the pain while urinating.

Comment from: Reggie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 18

I feel a bit out of it, with lower abdomen ache/pain. When it's bad, I can feel disorientated.


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