UTI + menstruation = stuck in the tub for 10 days?
February 22, 2010 11:21 AM Subscribe
I am in serious pain with a supposed UTI. Any suggestions on ways for me to get through this without losing my mind? Waiting to get culture back from hospital, my symptoms are not typical. Scared it's something worse...
posted by Unicorn on the cob to health & fitness (37 answers total)
I woke up yesterday feeling just fine, got up, peed, and screamed in absolute agony. I mean, I had to stop peeing because it felt like broken glass.
My urethral opening is very swollen, painful to the touch (I can't bear to touch it) and I ended up in the emergency room. They catheterized me and took samples, which caused more screaming. I was prescribed Azo, Macrobid and ibuprofen.
I feel none of the other UTI symptoms; no urgency, no need to pee frequently, no bladder pain, no nausea (except from the pills I'm taking now). The only symptom I have is constant, extreme pain at the urethral opening. It's so bad I can only sit up comfortably on an ice pack. The nurse thought it unusual that I had none of the UTI symptoms, and her poking and pushing showed no tenderness.
I was tested for STDs and have none. Boyfriend and I did have sex five times the day before, however, then went on a vigorous 3-mile hike and a party after where I drank 2-3 glasses of champagne.
They are culturing the samples for MRSA in my bladder because I have a history and am considered "colonized" after 4-5 serious infections, the last of which was in 2007.
After 24 hours on meds, NOTHING is helping with the pain. Even peeing in a tub of lukewarm water, I still am screaming and crying from the pain and can't bear to touch anything down there.
Worse, I'm scheduled to start my period sometime today. I am dreading trying to deal with blood and pee with pain so severe I can't touch myself or dress myself at all from the waist down. Any advice on how to manage a period when I can't use a tampon or a pad at all?
I am allergic to opiates. Could this really not be a UTI and something more sinister? I'm stumped and really uncomfortable (and have a charity event to attend tomorrow night with non-refundable tickets, unfortunately).
This is my second "UTI" ever in my medical history. Thanks for any helpful suggestions in advance -- my neighbors must think I'm doing scream therapy.