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UTI sensations but not a UTI - Has anyone had this?

Asked by tan253 (2428points) 3 months ago

I feel like I have a UTI, I’ve had it for 2 weeks, no burning but a pressure and urgency. I’ve had this before and a renal scan and nothing was found outside of a 3mm kidney stone, this was 2 years ago. Well, I’ve got it back. Went to Dr and took a dipstick test, it came back negative, she said I don’t need it cultured as it came back negative, however, I went to a urologist and am waiting on a culture. Has anyone had this and it wasn’t a UTI and just an irritated bladder, I’m really over it and I have to wait another 4 days before seeing a urologist! Pleaes note I am not wanting a diagnose I just want to hear what other people have gone through and what it ended up being? Thank you

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Mariah's avatar

Couldn’t it have been the kidney stone causing those symptoms the previous time?

tan253's avatar

The stone was 3mm and apparently has disappeared?!

JLeslie's avatar

You might just be irritated. Does it hurt more when you empty your bladder? Or, it’s just uncomfortable when you feel the urgency?

rojo's avatar

@tan253 Can’t help with the UTI thing but on the disappearing kidney stone.

Scan showed I had one, Hurt like hell, sharp pains when it moved or relocated. Urologist said I would need to have it removed if I did not pass it in a month. Scheduled an appointment for surgery and went home to try to pass it before I had to have surgery

Got on line, found an article that mentioned a Thyme tea would help dissolve some stones, Made some, drank it several times a day for about a week. Pain went away. Went back to Doc and said it doesn’t hurt any more, Did another scan stone not there any more. I had the little strainer and was checking every time I peed. I know I did not pass it.

Once you experience the onset of a stone, you recognize it when it happens again. It did so twice over the past couple of decades. Made and drank the tea both times and symptoms disappeared so I assume the stone did also.

Further research has shown there are two types of stones, one is a solid mass, the other is more crystalline. It is the crystalline one that can be dissolved. I assume this can be done on purpose as I did or naturally by the body.

JLeslie's avatar

@rojo Interesting. Had you been taking one of the medications that specifically states it needs to be taken with a full glass of water prior to the onset of the kidney stone?

rojo's avatar

I do not recall getting any medication at all. I may have.
And, I have kept up trying to keep my water intake up since that time.

JLeslie's avatar

I just ask because the medications that actually say on the label take with a full glass of water, the reason is because it can cause crystals, and the water helps prevent it.

A lot of people don’t take it seriously, because in general people are told to take medicine with water, but when it’s on the label there is a very specific reason.

rojo's avatar

@JLeslie I have problems with recurring gout so my water intake has quite high for a couple of decades More water means more flushing of the system, flushing out the kidneys and any subsequent stone building material is an added benefit.

JLeslie's avatar

@rojo So sorry about the gout. I know it’s very painful when it flares up.

tan253's avatar

Hey guys, mine doesn’t hurt like astone apparently, the culture has come back completely clean so nothing there and I did have a scan last year on my kidneys and bladder so unlikely to be anything malignant but one can never know, today it’s much better, when I pee I get a sense of relief and then the weird pressure builds again as the bladder fills up – sounds like an irritated bladder to me – IBS and now Irritated Bladder….. !!! Will see urologist on Wednesday!

JLeslie's avatar

If you get relief when you empty your bladder it does not sound like a UTI to me at all. Usually UTI’s hurt the most when you are emptying your bladder. Although, I guess it’s not impossible that there might be an infection, and it just hasn’t traveled up to the bladder.

Drink lots of fluid and try not to hold a lot of urine for a few days. Sometimes when I need to pee really badly, because my bladder is very full and I have to wait to go to the bathroom, I get irritated for a couple of days.

tan253's avatar

Yes I did actually hold on for a few days as I was so busy and then I noticed it happened, that happened last time too actually, I’m just not sure the bladder would be irritated by this for 2 weeks? b

JLeslie's avatar

Two weeks seems long.

I guess you can wait a little longer, and if it doesn’t go away see if the doctor will prescribe antibiotics just in case. UTI meds take away symptoms quickly usually. Within 48 hours. I’m not fond of antibiotics when no culture is showing anything, but it is not unheard of to have an infection that doesn’t culture. The trick is, if you do have an infection, and the wrong meds are given for that specific infection, it’s all for naught anyway.

MooCows's avatar

If you have a prolapsed bladder that might make you feel like you have an UTI
when you do not. Just a thought.

tan253's avatar

I went to a urologist and it appears I might have IC .. which isn’t what I wanted… but apparently, I have a mild case so just need to wait for it to subside. No testing done but he said it sounds exactly like IC.

JLeslie's avatar

I hope not.

tan253's avatar

Everyone says – I hope not, which isn’t very supportive but what if it is! I don’t want to fear this disorder as I’m sure I have it . So… I need to find someway to deal with it!

tan253's avatar

sorry @JLeslie I“m not having a good day today – I actually don’t think it is, I think it’s a whole heap of factors, IBS, some bad virus I caught from a cheating boyfriend as a teenager, GERD and anxiety – just created an irritated bladder…... x
You’ve always been so awesome so thank you.

JLeslie's avatar

Hey, if you feel irritation I believe you. What sucks about IC is the medical establishment is basically clueless about it. Much better to just have an infection and whack it out with antibiotics. Or, better yet, it’s just an irritation that calms down on its own.

tan253's avatar

Yeah it’s not an infection – I’ve had a culture and a dipstick test, the flares come and go – they normally start when I get my period and then calm down.
I’m going to get a second opinion in 2 weeks, just still waiting for this ‘flare’ to go away…. its’ taking a really long time this time which is what scares me a bit….. agggghhhhh fingers crossed.

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