Hello, I'm a 19-year-old female who has had some urinary issues since literally the beginning of 2008. I was diagnosed with three UTIs, each within 8-10 weeks of each other. My symptoms were usually severe pain in my left flank and difficulty starting my urine stream. I treated these UTIs with prescriptions of Bactrim. In the past eight months, I have significantly reduced caffeine in my diet, stopped taking vitamins, have been extra careful when wiping, etc. I am not sexually active. At my doctor's advice, I visited a urologist in May. I had an ultrasound and was diagnosed with two "very small" kidney stones in my left kidney. The urologist seemed relatively unconcerned and does not want to check on the stones again for several months (to see if they've grown), making me think that they are unlikely to pass anytime soon.
Around June 20, I went for about a week where I had to strain to urinate. I thought that maybe I had another UTI, but I eventually got my period and my symptoms went away after that. I tested my urine with an AZO test to rule out a UTI; the test gave me a positive white blood cell result and a negative nitrate result. About a week and a half ago, I felt afraid that I had a UTI yet again when I noticed some urine changes. Once again, I got a positive WBC, negative nitrate result. Since then, I haven't felt too badly, but lately I've noticed some specks in my urine and it has burned a bit coming out. I prodded at the specks (bubbles? not sure what to call them) with a piece of toilet paper to see if they were pockets of air or something else, and they seemed to have a snotty consistency. I am not sure if this is discharge or something else, but I thought I would look online to make sure that there is nothing seriously wrong here..
I guess I'm just looking for reassurance that I don't have kidney failure or anything like that. I'm still urinating a reasonable amount, and I am not running a fever, nauseated, or having exceptional back pain. As a caveat, I am a hypochondriac who spends a lot of time on WebMD and other sites trying to make sure I'm not dying.
Thanks in advance (especially if you managed to read all of this without giving up!