Aa
Aa
A
A
A
Close
Avatar universal

discomfort after UTI

I had a UTI and after treatment for it I still felt an thropping discomfort in my general bladder area for weeks. I saw a urologist soon after my UTI and he said I might feel discomfort for a couple of weeks afterwords.  I also went to my GYN and they tested me for STDs and Yeast infections but I came up negative. I Then developed IBS which let me to see a gastrointestinologist.  I had colonoscopy down and my stool sample and found nothing.  I still feel sensitivity in my bladder area--- a subtle throbbing discomfort and its been almost 8 weeks.  I made an appointment to see a urologist, gastrointestinologist, and my GYN next week.  Is it possible that my original UTI didn't clear?
21 Responses
Avatar universal
Cynthia,

The same here. It has been four weeks for me . When I first felt it , I went to the general doctor, and she saw little blood and stuff (some bacteria), gave me three day CIPRO. Did not really work. She then gave me a week of Amoxicilin, and in the meantime my urine culture came back negative. But I still feel it : exactly as you say - little throbbing, not really pain, but some discomfort,and frequent urination. In the meantime I had pelvic/vaginal ultrasound, and my OBGYN said I had a small, benign cyst that he says will probably go away on its own. But he added that my urinal problems are not really connected to it. He also did my urine analysis, and it was clean. I do not know what to do , and I am planning on seeing an urologist. I should mention that I was diagnosed with IBS a year ago (my colonoscopy was normal), and they said that urinary urgency can be a part of it. I do not know.

I know I did not help much, but just wanted to share it with you.
3 Comments
Did this ever go? I’m having a similar experience & waiting to be referred to a gynaecologist.
I'm a 70 year old woman.  I'm having the same issues.  But I've previously been diagnosed with chronic inflammation.  So I have burning, itching, and various pain issues all over my body.  Also, facial break-outs.  I thought this might be part of that issue.  I used a Peri bottle of warm sudsy water to rinse the area...the suds made with Aveeno oatmeal based body wash, then re-rinse with clear warm water.  It seems to go away faster.  Also, I drink cranberry juice at least once a day.  I don't know if that helps, but the issue never comes back while I'm using the juice.  I haven't seen my doctor for this because most of what I get turns out to be inflammation related and I'll spend $1,500. on doctor, tests and referrals - then get told that they can't find anything and it's probably my inflammation acting up.  
Sorry, I also forgot to mention that each time I experience this problem, it's when I'm at work and can't get to the bathroom for a couple of hours.  I work in a Clean Room and cannot remove my protective gowning and leave the room any time I want.  This issue does not happen every time I hold my urine.  But I noticed the last time, I just returned from urinating and 15 minutes later I felt a strong urge to go again.  I knew there was nothing there but an urge.  When I was able to get back to the bathroom an hour and a half later, very little came out and I felt as though my urethra as swollen and burning.  It stayed that way until I rinsed with the sudsy water about 4 hours later at home.
Avatar universal
Thank you for sharing your experience.

I haven't gotten an ultrasound done but hope to asap. I'm glad you did the ultrasound. It's frustrating to have to wait and take all these different tests. I guess we just have to keep ruling out things until we find out the cause of our throbbing discomfort.

I had to give up coffee and dairy in order to calm my IBS systems. That did help a great deal. Hopefully we can get some answers and relief from a urologist in the near future.  Lets keep in touch.

Sincerely,
Cynthia
Avatar universal
oskgosh,

I'm in the same boat as you.  I just got the ultrasound done and a urine test and they found nothing.  I too have to follow up with the urologist.  Keep me posted on your own findings.

Sincerely,
Cynthia
Avatar universal
Cynthia - yes I will keep you posted. Obviously, since we do not have blood in urine , it can not be that bad, can it?

Have you tried Uva Ursi tea - it helps me calm it down.  You can find it in the health stores, it is really very good for the urological things.

All the best to you, and I will talk to you later
Avatar universal
Also - I have recently read a comment by a doctor (it might have been even on this forum, but I can not find it), that basically you may still have some infection although your urine culture is negative.

I forgot to say  how glad I am that your ultrasound was normal.

All the best to you,

Oshkosh
Avatar universal
Hi I know this post was ages ago in 2007 and it is now 2013. But i seem to currently be going through the same symptoms as you described and was wondering how things turned out for you?

I had uti about a month ago and was given cipro for 10 days and i've done a sample urine test after that and results show that i'm all clear and no longer have infection but i still feel slight discomfort down there especially after I pee! My doctor just told me my urethra might be irritation and a bit scarred after the uti so it just needs time to settle and heal on its own but its been about 2 weeks now :(

Will this discomfort persist? or did it stop for you after a while ? I'd really appreciate some help since i'm trying to do some online research on this and your description is the best i've found similar to what i have but don't seem to be finding any answers!
1 Comments
Did this pass over time? I’ve been told similar things about inflammation after ruling everything out & desperate to know if it actually does pass on its own for other people!
Avatar universal
I know your post was almost a year ago, but was wondering by chance if you could provide an update on your discomfort? I had a UTI in November 2013. The doctor said it was E. coli and put me on cipro. After completing the medication, I still felt like the infection wasn't 100% gone. My doctor then put me on Macrobid thinking that my infection wasn't responding to the cipro. Even after completing the Macrobid, I still had discomfort. It's 5 months later and I still have discomfort. I have been to so many doctors that tell me it's inflammation and irriation that will go away on it's own. I am currently on amtitriplyine for chronic pain and it appears to be helping but again it's not 100% gone. Will this ever go away?
2 Comments
Are you feeling better now? I was on amittipyline for a bit but I didn't find it helped.
Did this go away?! How would you describe the discomfort?
Avatar universal
UTI may trigger either overactive bladder (frequent urge to urinate but no pain) or interstitial cystitis (an inflammation of the bladder with discomfort or pain in the bladder area — typically, the discomfort is worse than the bladder is filling and relieved when it's empty).

In most cases, both conditions are diagnosed by exclusion of other urological conditions.
Avatar universal
I would love to know an update on the symptoms of everyone that's been involved in this thread, no matter when you posted. In a similar situation. Thank you!
1 Comments
Did your situation get better?
Avatar universal
Hi guys... I know it's been a while but did your symptoms clear up? I hate this feeling of wanting to pee :( I'm from South Africa xxx
1 Comments
You all need d-mannose powder. You can get it on amazon or eBay. It is the only thing apart from antibiotic known to flush all the yucky germs out of the bladder. It totally prevents UTIS and helps cure them and take away pain and discomfort because it literally is a detox for your bladder. I am only 18 and have suffered for a long time and this does the trick. I swear by it.
Avatar universal
Hi, sorry i'm writing back so long after your post but did not get any notifications.

I'm sorry to hear you were going through such discomfort, believe me i know how horrible it is :( After my post i went to several urologists and carried out several tests and everything turned out negative. I thought i was going crazy cos i was still uncomfortable and the doctors looked at me like i was being paranoid and almost making it up.

The feeling of needing to pee even when i don't really need to never completely went away. Since my post I got another UTI (about 3 weeks ago) and stmptoms are the same. I guess I just got used to ignoring the feeling when i knew for sure i didnt really have to pee. I noticed the feeling of needing to pee was more frequent when i was stressed or anxious so I learned to calm myself down and occupy myself when i felt it.
It's not easy but i learned to live with it i guess.

One urologist thought actually gave me some good advice which might seem really basic and obvious but for me it was helpful. She told me to DRINK LOTS OF WATER ( i always have a bad habit of not drinking enough) and avoid drinking fizzy drinks and acidic drinks like juices for long periods of time, so like its ok to drink soda but avoid spending a whole day of drinking soda only, cos that might iritate the urethra.

I hope i helped even though cant really give u a solution. I too get bummed out sometimes knowing that i have to live with this but sometimes when my life is eventful and busy i realise that a few days passed and hadn't felt the discomfort once, so thats encouraging :)

Take good care xx
1 Comments
How have you been? I've got the problem and it's been three months :( I have this urge to wee all the time even though I can hold it in and go wee a "normal" number of times.  I'm desperate :(
Avatar universal
I began feeling the discomfort in July 2015 it has now been almost half a year that I have been dealing with this pain that leaves me crying in hopelessness. I was diagnosed with a uti in August and was put on two separate medications. Since the uti apparently cleared up I was in constant pain for three weeks. Throbbing pain in my urethra just incessant pain and pressure which is hard to describe because it is inside your body which only makes things worse when trying to speak to doctors! Now six doctor visits later I am experiencing this pain in varying degrees most days of the week. Thank god some days I get some relief. The last Dr. visit I had he came to the conclusion that I have a yeast infection. I am not hopeful! I am on some steroid cream for two weeks. I don't know what I am going to do if this pain doesn't go away I feel so hopeless and the doctors have no idea what is going on how is this such a mystery! I need some help and there are no answers from anyone I cry from the pain and the hopelessness each week this goes on. Moving hurts and work is torture. I'm in pain and discomfort and the people around me are sick of hearing of it. Well I am more sick of it trust me :( I'm 23 and am in otherwise excellent health how are there no answers when it comes to female problems!?
1 Comments
How are you feeling now? I have the same symptoms as you since May 2016, feeling so hopeless.
Avatar universal
I'm in the same boat as most of you.  One day I was holding in my urine because the bathroom was in use at work and said "I'll just go at home" 2 hours later after a collision on the highway which delayed me over an hour, I was able to relieve myself.  A day or two later my bladder felt like it was going to explode.  I went to the bathroom only for a little bit of urine to come out.  My Doc put me on anti-biotics because he thought I developed a UTI.  6 months later, I still have this dull pain in my bladder area.  I had a colonoscopy done since the Doc wasn't actually able to pinpoint my discomfort to my bladder, also an ultrasound (which didn't find anything) urine tests.. etc. all negative.  It seems to flair up every time I have a stool on it's way out so I don't know if it's my bladder being irritated by it.  27 year old male otherwise good health, don't know what else to do.  It's really depressing having to live with this.
2 Comments
How have you been? same situation here. It's been three months and this constant urge to wee is just too much. Would love to hear about how you're dealing with this and it this ever went away
That's your pelvic floor.
Avatar universal
did you ever get better.

I'm being told to wait it out. I'm afraid Ill never be the same again.
2 Comments
LADIES!! I had the same exact problem and it last for a few months after my UTI and I felt so depressed and I just wanted my life to get back to normal. thank goodness I have such a smart older sister. She suggested I start taking probiotics! I go the iflora multi-probiotic and I feel back normal within a day. The antibiotics kill all your bacteria along with the good that should be there which is causing all that down there to be out of wack. I have felt amazing this past week and right back to normal. I didn't want to leave you women without telling you what cured me. I hope this helped someone!
What probiotic is that?
Avatar universal
did you ever get better?

I'm being told to wait it out. I'm afraid I'll never be the same again.

have you though it might be IC?
1 Comments
Did you get better? I have had similar advice & waiting for a urology appointment :(
Avatar universal
Also, only get the powder form of dmannose it's more effective than the capsules to flush out bacteria left over from the UTI.
Avatar universal
Hi, I know this is an old thread but wanted to comment in case people come searching later, I have previously suffered the same problem.  It is not uncommon after a nasty UTI to develop chronic inflammation in the urinary tract this is what causes most of the above symptoms.  I personally resolved this issue after a few years of suffering by drinking marshmallow root tea, this acts as a mucus forming agent which coats the lining of the bladder etc allowing the body to heal itself and decrease the inflammation.
1 Comments
Are you serious? How long did it take? How much did you drink and is there a particular brand you used?
Avatar universal
You may have pelvic floor dysfunction, which has many of the same symptoms as UTIs but is due to muscle tension rather than an infection. I had the same problem for several years and was on antibiotics all the time without being diagnosed. You can treat with physical therapy and at-home exercises which help to relax your pelvic floor. I suspect this is a very common problem with women that often goes undiagnosed.
2 Comments
I had similar problems and had pelvic floor physical therapy for a little over a month. I was taught exercises which helped with the pain and urge sensation that lingered after a UTI. It's an investment of time and co-pays; however, it was extremely beneficial to improving my quality of life.
I had similar problems and had pelvic floor physical therapy for a little over a month. I was taught exercises which helped with the pain and urge sensation that lingered after a UTI. It was an investment of time; however, it was extremely beneficial to improving my quality of life.
Avatar universal
I had a horrible burning pain in my bladder. Frequent urination. Shaking in pain.  3 ER visits later and a urology appointment, I was diagnosed with a bladder wall infection. Similar symptoms to a UTI but only way to detect is with a scope into your bladder. Can't diagnose with a urine or blood sample. Doctor said to take low dose antibiotic for 4-6 months. Takes around 30 days to get any relief. Follow up after 6 weeks.
Avatar universal
Hi everyone,
Sadly I am experiencing the same problem as many of you have. Due to simply not taking good enough care of myself during hectic times resulted in 3 UTIs in a 5 month period. The first two were miserable but cleared up completely after finishing antibiotics, while after my meds finished up along with my burning sensation on the 3rd UTI I noticed a continuous tenderness in my bladder area. My frequent urge to pee even though I had just gone not 20 minutes prior also continued. I have never had such frequent bathroom urges in my life, this is definitely not normal. I was assuming that I might have formed a sensitivity after the last UTI and am simply going so often out of habit but the continuous tenderness and dull aching of my bladder says it might be something more. This has been persisting for over a month now. The dull aching is difficult to ignore at times and makes me feel pretty discouraged at the usual daunting list of daily responsibilities. It is also diminishing my sex drive as the ache is definitely highlighted during intimacy with my boyfriend. I've scheduled an appointment with an OBGYN for this coming friday and will hopefully have a little more clarity of what is going on after then.. I'll make sure to include that based on this thread it appears to be a common and undiagnosed problem. I'll share an update after friday!

P.s. Thanks for the advice of probiotic, D-Mannose, and marshmallow root tea, I've already started on probiotics and will look into the other two and let you know if it helps.

Hope all are able to heal quickly and completely!

Crissia
5 Comments
I've been having this exact problems I'm female 17 and during the summer I had a terrible uti which I got during a two week holiday to Italy. Because I was in a foreign country I couldn't get any antibiotics and had it in me for two weeks and was using some over the counter sachets which weren't strong enough. After I got back I got on a 3 day course of antibiotics at the doctor and during that I once got such severe pain on the second night of taking them that I ended up at the hospital and they told me that it was probably because I had had the infection for so long before being able to get any help with it so I carried on with the antibiotics and that worked for about a week and then whilst on another trip to France it came back! I was able to get a prescription this time from the doctors which was seven days but when I got back I felt the infection coming back for the third time so I went to the doctors back in England but they told me there was no infection anymore and the medicine I had been given in France is something that they don't even prescribe in the uk and that I should stop taking it. I then went away again and felt the infection coming back for the third time so I started on those anti biotics from the doctors that I kept as spare. Now 10 weeks later I still feel this dull throbbing in my bladder and I need the toilet all the time and barley anything comes out! I don't know what to do and I'm feeling as if my bladder is damaged from the medication in France and not having anything to treat it for so long whilst in Italy. Reading this all makes me feel a lot less alone and I just don't know what to do to end this! I just want to go back to feeling normal again and not feeling as if I'm always on the brink of another uti. Does anyone know anything that could help me??
I also want to add that I have seen the suggestion of the iflora probiotic and I desperately want to try that but it's £40! Before I take the plunge does anyone know any cheaper alternative prebiotic? I really want to get this sorted it's affecting my sleep and everything. Any suggestion would be amazing thank you
I have good news!
After reading the posts on this forum I immediately began supplementing with probiotics and drinking more kombucha. Within a few days the continuous bladder ache I was experiencing finally began to subside. By the time I made it to my doctors apt at the end of the week I was feeling a lot more normal aside from the continued frequency urge to go. My doctor confirmed that probiotics are in fact essential when recovering from a UTI. The meds we take wipe out both good and bad bacteria. Because there is good bacteria that form a protective slime in our bladder and are vital to our bladders health, without that healthy ecosystem of bacteria we are more susceptible to other infections and may experience continued sensitivity and achiness even after our UTIs have cleared. For example during that time when I was dehydrated I was much more sensitive to the acidity in my urine without those good bacteria established, which sometimes felt as if the UTI was coming back. Since taking probiotics that feeling and bladder achiness have completely gone away. In regards to my frequency problem my doctor said that I simply need to retrain my bladder to hold for longer. After 3 pretty consecutive UTIs naturally I was paranoid and would go as often as possible to flush everything out. Unfortunately that slightly backfired because it became more difficult to hold my pee for as long as I was used to. But now almost 2 months after my 3rd UTI, by taking probiotics, and training my bladder by holding it just a tiny bit longer sometimes, I feel completely back to normal.

Hope this helps some of you!
Crissia
Hi! Everything you are writing here makes sense! The only symptom I have different is the back pain! Did you every feel anything like that?
This is so helpful Crissia. I am yet another person with these symptoms after UTI. Can you clarify which probiotics should be used please? There are so many to choose from!Thanks
Avatar universal
Did this ever go? I’ve experienced the exact same. I had cystitis which got better but still had discomfort & had two more weeks of different antibiotics thrown at me & everything is completely clear but I’m still in discomfort too. Did it pass over time?
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Urology Community

Top Urology Answerers
11369760 tn?1449504372
Southwest , MI
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Dr. Jose Gonzalez-Garcia provides insight to the most commonly asked question about the transfer of HIV between partners.
For people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), the COVID-19 pandemic can be particularly challenging.
A list of national and international resources and hotlines to help connect you to needed health and medical services.
Here’s how your baby’s growing in your body each week.
These common ADD/ADHD myths could already be hurting your child
This article will tell you more about strength training at home, giving you some options that require little to no equipment.