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How can you tell the difference between a flare-up and a UTI
Hi there,
I'm in the 2nd day of what appears to be a flare (brought about by, I believe, intercourse). However, I no longer have health insurance, and as a result, I can't afford to hop to the doctor to find out if what I have is a bladder infection or a flare. Since I'm generally very careful (wash/pee after intercourse, drink lots of water, don't hold it), I'm inclined to believe this is a flare-up and not a UTI. But I'd hate to be wrong and end up with a kidney infection. How can you tell the difference between a flare and a UTI? Are there any tell-tale signs, from others? (I've had UTIs in the past, but the last time I had one was a few years ago, so its hard to remember what it was like compared to this). Please help!
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489228 tn?1291535054
Honestly I keep a bottle of  the UA test strips on hand and check my urine at home frequently.  I also have no insurance, often have chronic uti's and so it just makes sense to do so. You can order a bottle of 100 strips through Pulmolab , the generic one run around $30 with shipping i believe.  HOWEVER, right now it is very hard for an IC patient to tell the difference since a flare feels so much like a uti., then the one time your sure it is just flare you are in an infection and don't even know it.  

Have you taken your temperature?  If you have an elevated temp. don't delay in seeking medical attention. The other option would be to call your doctor and just ask if you could drop off a urine sample and have them test it.  They may not make you pay for a whole appointment to do so.

So now, since it is evening, I would encourage you to take a warm bath , add some baking soda to the water to soothe things. Take any of your IC meds but not AZO the med that turns it orange since it can mess up a UA test. The rest tonight and tomorrow am, if by in the morning our pain is not better, I would encourage you to ask if you could just drop off a urine sample for a simple UA test.

Hope that helps!  Sorry your hurting, and hope it passes soon!

Shelly
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a flare up hurts like HELL!! it feels like somebodies taking a knife and repeatedly stabing you in the same spot over and over again.
UTI well for me i dont really get pain just a lil lower back pain and i wont even know i have one until i get a smell down there from having it for so long, because i dont get any syptoms
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