For the last week or so, I feel like I'm starting to get a UTI. I don't have a constant urge, but after I urinate, I feel pain in my urethra (that's the best to describe it) for about a half hour. I saw the Neph today and they checked my urine, She said I had protein but no bacteria or blood. She is sending it for a culture to see if anything grows. Could the test if the office be negative but I still have one? Thanks!
YES!!! Actually it is very common for those of us with MSK to have infections
that do not show up on standard UA or even cultures. The reason is that
we have a biofilm infection within the stones, low level bacteria can slough off causing
us pain and infection symptoms but not be in great enough number to be cultured
or tested for,,,
however they still make us feel sick.
Also only Urea splitting organisms show up on a standard UA, many bacteria that cause infections do not give off the nitrates. There should be a research article on this in the health pages. If not go to our local website www.moarkic.com and click on the menu item MSK then MSK info. There is an article which explains this in more detail!
I bring first morning urine with me to the doc appt ...best chance of it showing up is in the first AM urine we've found. But, like you, I can have symptoms and be negative all around and withing 48hrs of starting antibiotics feel better! The other thing is that you may have passed a stone or getting ready to pass one and the inflammation is causing the symptoms. It's s double edged sword we don't seem to ever really win.
Tramadol for me did not really help, however I have since been told by an ER nurse
that the injectable one is really good for kidney pain. I maybe wrong but I believe
tramadol is the one that is for acute pain because it quits working in a few days.
I find that I frequently feel UTI symptoms, however since we live over an hour from the doctor, I've learned to treat them on my own when I feel the first symptoms, rather than waiting for a urine test to tell me what I already know. I ramp up my water intake even more, and use cranberry supplements and kinnickinnick to kick the infection. It may not work for everyone, but since I'm post- clostridium difficile and have to avoid antibiotics at all costs, I've used home remedies to cut down on antibiotics, office visits, etc- all of us with MSK know that UTI's are a pretty constant condition, so I like to treat myself when possible. What I take WON'T hurt me, and it usually clears up symptoms within a few hours. Disclaimer- OBVIOUSLY you need the doctor if it's bad!
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