Patient Comments: Urinary Tract Infections - Symptoms

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Comment from: Trish Pekkala, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 02

I've got an indwelling catheter from a spinal cord injury and I've had this catheter for almost 5 years now. I have persistent urinary tract infections practically resistant to every antibiotic. My urologist doesn't even want to treat me because he says that I'm always going to have bacteria colonized in my bladder. I don't experience his so called text book symptoms so I've had numerous trips to the emergency room and they find other bacteria that need to be treated. I've had MRSA many times.

Comment from: CaribbeanQueen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

This is my third urinary tract infection in the past two years. My symptoms are odd - I don't have burning before I urinate, but afterwards I get a painful bladder spasm. I also have a significant amount of bloating and pain which eases if I can pass wind, and a low fever. I drink mostly water aside from a cup of tea in the morning and follow all the common rules, so not sure why this keeps happening. I am on antibiotics for it but hate taking drugs all the time.

Comment from: Sajjad, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I am facing urinary tract infection (UTI) since 3 years. Very bad experience, too much pain on the backbone, I just relax after taking an antibiotic. In the beginning I had a heavy dose injection as advised by my doctor, but for a very short time. Now no one to help me get relief from UTI, I have it for life time. My doctor advised me to take a tablet daily dose, take one tablet at night to release urine smoothly; he says UTI cause blocked veins.

Comment from: Sharona, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I suffered for 3 years chronic urinary tract infection (UTI) - twice or thrice a month. They didn't find any e-coli in my urine test but I had blood in urine with extreme pains in pelvis and lower stomach area. I felt like a fish out of water. I changed 5 urologists with experts and hospital tests. I took antibiotics for nearly 3 years which damaged my digestive system. Then I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis. Now I get UTI only once in 4 or 5 months. I can go back to work again. Life is returning to normal. If you are facing chronic UTI systems, then please ask your urologist to check you for IC (interstitial cystitis). Check on internet which foods are allowed to eat and which to avoid.

Comment from: cyn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I have had for 2 years a strong smell in my urine in the middle of the night, and in the morning the first 2 times or 3 times I void. The smell is a rotten egg smell. Urine is a darker yellow. I drink about a gallon of water or more a day so when I use the bathroom during the day my urine is clear and not smelling. I have no pain, no burning, no problem urinating. I went to the doctor's yesterday and she said that my urine test was like a skittle package. All colors which means I have a really good urinary tract infection going on. I am going to go on prebiotic and probiotic for week before I start my antibiotic. You have to have a healthy gut before you do antibiotic because if not it will take up to a year to get your gut back to being healthy with all the bacteria. You also need to keep your friendly microbes in place too. High diet in oats, honey, apples, bananas, etc.

Comment from: Colleen, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 19

My urinary tract infection begins when I can't urinate, and pain in my fingers starts. I have to hold my fingers tight when I close them into my hands.

Comment from: Phillips, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 23

I have lower back pain, mild pain in urination, and salty taste in my throat. I have been in pain for more than ten years. I have taken a lot of antibiotics for my urinary tract infection.

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

I have been dealing with urinary tract infection (UTI) ever since I was in my early 20s. It didn't matter how clean or how much I made sure I urinated after sex, I always got some type of UTI symptoms that required me to get some type of UTI treatment. I can't remember the number of times that I have had to take antibiotics because it feels like it's a monthly procedure and most of the time, it was the only way I got UTI relief. I had to figure out a way to not have to go the emergency room so much. It was getting very expensive. So I looked into taking something that would at make sure that my body wasn't getting worse while I waited for an appointment that usually took about two weeks. I tried a product called Cystex that had cranberry pills that really helped me to get to those doctor appointments. It got rid of the burning and pain and made sure that wasn't in a worse condition when I finally got there. Please, in my experience, make sure you take something if you aren't going to the doctor right away.

Comment from: NormaJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

I started feeling bad on Tuesday with pain under my breast and in the middle. I thought it might be gallbladder. I was not able to get to my doctor until Thursday as he is off on Wednesday and I did not want to go to the hospital. So I went on Thursday to see my doctor and I was told he was running three hours behind. I said no, I can't wait that long so I went to the hospital. They got me right in! They did a urine test and said I had a urinary tract infection and my urine was very dark. They put me on Cipro, and I finally slept last night but I still have no energy.

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Comment from: Niki, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 08

I have been suffering from urinary tract infection and cystitis since I was 19 when I was student. I stayed in hospital for few days, the E. coli bacteria was the cause of it. They gave me antibiotics and since then I have had this problem at least 100 times (2 to 6 times yearly). It is an awful unbearable pain after urinating and it lasts from 3 to 10 days. I have never seen blood though. I have seen several doctors, sometimes there was the E. coli, sometimes there was no bacteria at all although I was in pain. Doctors always are giving me antibiotics (Septrin, Bactrimel, Ciproxin, etc.) which do not always work. I have noticed that taking antibiotics or not, the infection lasts the same period and symptoms slow down after few days. I have tried all type of medicine and natural treatments with no results (I am informed of all details about this disease and I take all protection to avoid it). So far my mother was also in the same pain all her life and I definitely think it may also be inheritable.

Comment from: CarlyD, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection (UTI) about 3 days ago and I am on ciprofloxacin pills. For symptoms I get stomach pain, blood when I urinate and I have to go a lot more than usual. I have an idea about the symptoms because I've had 4 or 5 urinary infections by now. I'm on around 7 daily pills for medical conditions but the doctor said those have nothing to do with bringing anything on. I never had one of these infections until after taking all the pills. I try the best I can with bathroom hygiene but maybe some people get UTIs more than others, who knows. Best of luck everyone!

Comment from: Feelingill, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

With urinary tract infection I am having pain and blood when I urinate.

Comment from: PitBullLover, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

I recently was in the hospital with urinary tract infection (UTI). I had no pain or any kind of symptom except for having a slight fever for a few hours. That happened a week apart from each other. When I did start feeling bad I just wanted to sleep, I was sweating so bad that my clothes and my sheets were soaked. My husband and son tried to wake me and couldn't at first so I was taken to the hospital. By the time I got there I was already 80 percent dehydrated, my kidneys were shutting down and I was told that I was talking gibberish, making no sense at all. I spent 4 days in the hospital. I was diagnosed with UTI that spread to my bloodstream. If my husband and son had not gotten me to the hospital when they did, there is a good chance I would not be here typing this right now. What gets me, though, is how I got so sick with no symptoms to speak of! If it happens again, how will I know unless I have the symptoms everyone here has talked about!

Comment from: shyam, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 28

My urinary tract infection symptoms are urinary burning pain and blood in urine.

Comment from: herbie, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: April 21

I had lots of fatigue with my urinary tract infection, but no pain and no temperature.

Comment from: Jamie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I experienced lower back pain and vaginal discharge with reddish brown spots when I had urinary tract infection.

Comment from: Tracy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

With urinary tract infection I experienced burning and a frequent need to urinate, even though I didn't need to go at times. I also had nausea and extreme dizziness. I couldn't lift my head from the pillow for three days without feeling sick and had extreme giddiness and nausea. I ended up dehydrated and had to be treated at hospital with fluids. I was given antibiotics. A horrible experience that after 6 days I am still getting over.

Comment from: tobe, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 25

Being a male, I never thought much about urinary tract infection (UTI). I am having my first experience with it. I have been running a high fever, painful urination and severe back pain. I literally have been in bed for two days. It is the most painful experience I have had.

Comment from: kaitlyn, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I have had UTI's in the past; it seems that my mom, sister and I are prone to getting them. They're always extremely painful. The last time I had one was after I had sex with my boyfriend, I always urinate after sex and keep myself clean, so I didn't understand why I was having UTI symptoms: frequent and strong urge to urinate, burning upon urination with only a few drops, and the pain would get so bad after urination that I could barely stand, I tried everything from a hot bath to a cool cloth to chugging a whole bottle of cranberry juice! It didn't help; I was stuck in the bathroom for days. I went to the doctor and they tested me for UTI and Bacterial Vaginosis, I was showing no symptoms of BV, no abnormal smell and only a slight discharge but nothing out of the ordinary. Even so, I tested positive for BV and not a UTI. I took the medicine and recovered. More than a year later, after having a new boyfriend for that year, we separated and I had an encounter with the previous boy, the symptoms started again, I took AZO standard pills to ease the pain until my dr's visit, when I got there I tested negative for UTI and positive for BV again. This time they gave me antibiotics for both and it seemed to go away. However, a month later, the symptoms are back. They never fully went away, but I ran out of antibiotics so I figured I was better. But I'm still stuck in the bathroom, this time crying uncontrollably. I still don't know what is wrong with me.

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Comment from: Shamima, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 14

I am experiencing a big problem. I get the urge to urinate frequently but when I go to urinate it does not happen. I am wondering if it is urinary tract infection.

Comment from: Mommy0f3, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I had laparoscopic removal of fallopian tubes and right ovary 12 days ago. I have increased urination, abdominal cramps, fatigue, and no appetite. I am wondering why the doctor ordered ultrasound rather than just give antibiotics.

Comment from: emmanuel, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 28

I am having this pain after urinating, burning pain possibly from urinary tract infection.

Comment from: babs, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I felt faint and called 911. I was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection (UTI). I had no symptoms. The doctor told me old women are subject to UTIs. I had a mild case and was prescribed with seven days of medication. Since I had no symptoms, I won't know if it has been cured.

Comment from: Sakura, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I have pains on my waist area at the right side. Then it will radiate on my back waist part. Same thing happens on my left side but the pain I feel is tolerable like 3-4 in the scale of 10 (painful). I often urinate early in the morning like around 2 to 3 am. Also I feel like having muscle pain all over my body. I am not really well. No pain is felt when urinating. I wonder if this is urinary tract infection.

Comment from: laurie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

Because of urinary tract infection, I have bad lower abdomen pain and pain when urinating it feels like menstrual cramping.

Comment from: Susie Q, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 06

I had a urinary tract infection and did not even know it. I went for my annual checkup and the urine test said I had a bladder infection.

Comment from: Nancy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I have been suffering from burning urine, abdominal pains and back pain since 1998. I get recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) twice a month on average or more often if my sex partner is in town. I have tried all the remedies and know almost all the antibiotics that treat UTIs. My body cannot take anymore pills, it's like I have been drugging myself.

Comment from: pinogilr87, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 22

I have been struggling with urinary tract infections (UTIs) since I was 18 years old and the Lady Soma cranberry pills work faster than other products to relieve the pain with my UTIs. I use this while I am waiting to get in to see the doctor to relieve my pain and/or while I am waiting the antibiotics to start working which usually takes anywhere from 12 to 24 hours. This stuff helps to alleviate the pain (burning, urgency, etc.) associated with UTIs within 20 to 40 minutes of taking the pills.

Comment from: mel, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I have recurrent bouts of cystitis since I was 15 years old. I always need an antibiotic for it. I do everything to prevent it, and I don't get any warning signs before it strikes. I can get a break from the urinary tract infection for months, which is great but I wonder if I can get the e coli vaccine or take part in trials.

Comment from: Healthy_chick, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I've had urinary tract infection before but it would go away on its own. But, this time my lower back right side felt kind of painful. So, what I know from research, it is good to take probiotics, around 50 billion units. I have to buy several different probiotics because not all work the same way. But, it must be refrigerated because good bacteria live in cold weather.

Comment from: ibkval, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 09

I experienced pain while urinating.

Comment from: elderly lady , 81, Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I had one not long ago and now again. I suffer from a prolapse of the vagina, bladder and bowel and have diverticulitis which I think contributes since everything is so closely associated. I use baby wipes but it hasn't helped.

Comment from: gigo, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 20

Unbearable pain when I went to the bathroom. I wanted to scream the pain was so bad. I also had blood in my urine, chills, fever, sweats, no energy, didn't want to eat and just wanted to stay in bed with my electric blanket on. I knew I had to go to the doctor when I saw the blood. This really scared me as I have never had this in a bladder infection before.

Comment from: eighthrose, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

The burning feeling after urinating sucks! Somehow I managed by squeezing my muscles tight right before the last few drops. It seems weird but it actually felt like I felt less pain than just letting the urine slide out at the end. Also, I had loads of water and cranberry juice (not cocktail). I've read on medical websites that drinking water would make the urine less concentrated and that the cranberry juice is acidic which would help to get release the bacteria off of the walls.

Comment from: bernadette, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I had pain in the back and pain in the lower abdomen. I was very nauseated, lightheaded, and I was urinating frequently.

Comment from: lilmomma292011, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

With my UTI, I feel like I have to go all the time, but when I get to the bathroom, nothing happens.

Comment from: naro, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

I had a backache, high temperature, pain in the bladder, and burning sensation after urinating.

Comment from: Pat, 55-64 Male Published: December 01

I have been sufering for two weeks now (UTI), have been on ant-biotics there is no sign of it clearing up.

Comment from: Angelli, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 19

I was diagnosed with UTI when I was in high school and now am quite afraid because my urine is now yellowish. My niece who is only an infant is already diagnosed with UTI also. I don't drink much water, and the Doctor told me before to drink plenty of water, only now am drinking water.

Comment from: bujji, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

With my urinary tract infection, I feel a burning sensation and an urge to go. When I do go, there is very little urination and I go with difficulty. I have been diagnosed with e. coli. I took antibiotics. The symptoms seem to return after I have sex, though.

Comment from: teriter, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 04

With my urinary tract infection, I had a painful, yellow discharge from the penis.

Comment from: charlotte, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 29

With my UTI, I had the frequent urge to urinate, but when I did, there was only a small amount.

Comment from: mommy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

With my UTI, I have a burning sensation at the end of urinating, then after a couple of days there was blood and more severe burning at the end of urinating.

Comment from: Cani, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

1. Tightness while urinating 2. Sharp burning sensation or feeling of urinating needles 3. Pain across waist line just in the back

Comment from: cat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 04

cWith my UTI, I had a lot of upper and lower pain throughout my entire torso and radiated to my back, 101.0 fever, and it was very painful when urinating. I have chills and I just feel horrible. It also feels like a lot of trapped gas along with other pain. I was very uncomfortable, so I went to the doctor and the UTI test came back positive.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

After urinating, when the stream stopped, I would be overcome by the sensation of having to urinate badly, even though I had just finished. I felt like I had a full bladder and as though I was holding my urine, but I was unable to keep going or even "squeeze" out more. It was quite uncomfortable, bordering on painful, for several minutes afterward. I didn't know what this was and ignored it for about three days. On the fourth day, I began to have back and abdominal pain. I did not feel like I was urinating more frequently (I drink a lot of water and urinate frequently anyway), nor did I detect a change in my urine. When I gave a urine sample at the doctor's office, I could see right away that my urine was dark and cloudy. The doctor said I have significant levels of blood, nitrates, and something else in my urine. She said she was surprised I was not in more pain than I am.

Comment from: SLVE, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I honestly thought there was nothing wrong with me except for a slight fever which I passed off as hot flashes. Until my husband found me lying on the bathroom floor with no clothes on. I guess all I wanted was to cool down. Anyway I was put in the hospital with a bad UTI with Sepsis. I'm still not over it but I'm out of antibiotics. I'll for sure go back to the Dr. but I can honestly say I had no symptoms until it was too late.

Comment from: naomi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

When I had an UTI, I felt pain and the urgent need to go to the toilet. Felt a little cold and pains in my low abdominals.

Comment from: brynjim43, 75 or over Male Published: July 12

I use a catheter every evening, if I don't I do not empty my bladder. The result, I get UTI every six weeks. I have seen my GP, he gives me antibiotics but he is worrying that I am getting used to them and that causes him and me some concern.

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