2:41 am - 01/27/2008

Pop-Urinary Tract Infection

Hi guys!
Some Info- For the past couple of years it seems like everytime i drink pop(soda), like ALOT of pop in one day--i get a urinary tract infection-or what seem to be one--it starts to burn REALLY bad down there and not just when i urinate--it just burns constantly. I've never had any kind of sex, cause i read somewhere that u might be able to get urinary tract infections from that --so it cant be from that.. So can drinking alot of pop be causing this? and is this a urinary tract infection? Whenever this happens, i just take an AZO pill...and i'm fine...but this is driving me insane! Any feedback would be appreicated..thanks!
mea_panda 27th-Jan-2008 09:20 am (UTC)
you can get UTI's from not urinating after sex or fingering, anything that can push bacteria into the urethra is something can cause one. urinating within an hour after sex (according to my doc. i always go within 10 or so minutes) helps keep them at bay as it flushes away any trapped bacteria.

are you experiancing any other symptoms of a UTI? strong smelling urine, a constant urge to urinate or a burning sensation when urination does occur? are you peeing all the time but only peeing small amounts? any of these can be symptoms of a UTI.

though, if this happens only when you drink soft drink then maybe just cut back on it, it may be something to do with something in the drinks or a reaction. if it's super bad then maybe just mention it to your doctor and see what they think.
_ohhbaby_ 28th-Jan-2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Never a strong smell...but i do go to the bathroom ALOT and sometimes i only pee small amounts.. but its like that everyday even when i dont have any burning sensations ...i figured i just had an overactive bladder...thanks for ur feedback!
queensugar 27th-Jan-2008 09:20 am (UTC)
It's impossible to say whether or not this is really a UTI and not just symptoms that mimic a UTI -- a health care professional could test to see if what you're experiencing is indeed a bacterial infection.

For what it's worth, one thing that comes to mind quickly (and this is very much a guess) is that sodas are quite acidic. Most of them are a lot more acidic than urine; Coca Cola has a pH of 2.525 (which is pretty acid), while urine only has a pH of about 6.

If for some reason your urethra is highly sensitive, it may be that some of the acidity from the soda is hurting your urethra. From what I understand, acids do end up in the urine, so that might be a random idea to ask your doctor about.
mea_panda 27th-Jan-2008 09:22 am (UTC)
ahh thankyou, i was trying to say what you said but my words were just not as elegant.
_ohhbaby_ 28th-Jan-2008 12:06 am (UTC)
i've always wondered if it was the citric acid in pop thats doing it but who knows--i guess im going start drinking more vitamin water lol
indigodye 28th-Jan-2008 04:18 am (UTC)
I don't know, I just kinda feel like throwing my 2 cents in here. I also commented down below.

I have a cystic bladder. I went for a long period of having a horrible UTI - or I thought I did. I took a ton of anti-biotics, but I was always testing negative for UTIs. It was so frustrating. They would say "You don't have a UTI", and I would be sitting there thinking "Then why am I peeing fire?!?"

My GYN nailed it down. When I become dehydrated or drink alcohol (I quit drinking pop some time ago) it feels like I have a bad bad bad UTI. I take a Pyridium and start drinking water and tea. And within a day it balances itself back out. Sometimes it'll creep up out of the blue, but I bet if I looked closely there would be a trigger there. But my bladder responds very precisely to what I drink.
toshfraggle 27th-Jan-2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Eating schwarma at one restaurant around here (but not from any of the others) or drinking Airborne totally does that to me. It makes my pee irritate the living heck out of the "delicate tissues" down there. It is not, best I can tell, a UTI or something developing into one because it fades in a day or so. I just avoid the stuff that causes it.
_ohhbaby_ 28th-Jan-2008 12:08 am (UTC)
well i thought it was cafeeinene too...but i love tea and i went where i drank tea everyday and nothing happened, so maybe its just the citric acid in pop? i'm getting hooked on vitamin water =) thanks!
geminigirl 27th-Jan-2008 05:18 pm (UTC)
In addition to what everyone else has said, soda, especially caffeinated soda isn't good for keeping you well hydrated. Dehydration can cause painful urination for some people. It may not be a urinary tract infection, but only your health care provider can diagnose that-remember that AZO will relieve the pain but isn't going to treat the infection. If you're trying a lot of soda, you may want to try and drink an equal quantity of water for each portion of soda you drink.
_ohhbaby_ 28th-Jan-2008 12:08 am (UTC)
that sounds like a great idea! thank ya! =)
ends_and_means 28th-Jan-2008 12:34 am (UTC)
yeah, i have a uti right now and my doctor told me to avoid caffeine, especially pop, and alcohol. water is the key!
indigodye 28th-Jan-2008 04:14 am (UTC)
Cystic bladder comes to mind.. that's what I have.

I went for a few months thinking that I had a UTI. Horrible, horrible pain. No antibiotic would help. Then one day, poof, it went away. I keep it under control now - I only drink tea and water, no soda, etc. But if I drink alcohol, or get dehydrated, it feels like I have the WORST UTI EVER. And usually I take a pyridium and start drinking lots of water and tea. After a day it usually balances itself back out. The bladder gets inflamed and is not a happy bladder. And it mimics itself perfectly like a UTI.
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