4:25 pm - 03/03/2009

How to treat UTI pain until meds kick in

Hi,

I'm in a serious pickle. I was on two rounds of antibiotics in November and then January to kill the bacterial sinusitis that wouldn't quit, and February 15th I got a yeast infection. I tried Monistat, it didn't help, so I went to the clinic on the 18th (worst three days of my life) and was told I had a diaper rash (?!) which had gotten infected (!) on top of the worst yeast infection the doctor had ever seen. She said it must've been from the antibiotics because I did everything else right, so I had an external cream to apply twice a day, an internal cream to apply before bed every night for seven days, one Fluconazole pill to take that day (the 18th), and another to take in 5 days.

By last Wednesday, everything had pretty well cleared up, and now today I woke up around 9 with the bladder infection feeling which has only gotten steadily worse. Usually I try to kill it with cranberry pills but I'm conveniently out and only was able to buy and take some by 4 pm. (I took six, which I know is a lot, but it's what I usually do and I've never had adverse effects.)

I'm in AGONY now. I can't pee, nothing comes out, but I'm dying to pee and it's burning all the way up inside, like a muscle squeeze of death. I'm REALLY scared to go back on antibiotics, though, and all walk-in clinics near me are closed! My mother gets all her prescriptions filled yearly and she has a prescription for MacroBid that she offered me. The only thing is, it - like any other antibiotic - can lead to another yeast infection. I'm in so much pain and I'm scared it'll get worse overnight that I'm going to take it and hope for the best and go on a serious probiotic yogurt diet, but.. ..maybe this is a really stupid plan, I just don't know what else to do.

What can I do in the meantime?? PLEASE please please tell me somebody knows a way to get relief. How long will it take to work? My cranberry hasn't taken effect yet and I CAN'T wait until tomorrow, this is AGONY.

Thank you!
paperispatient 3rd-Mar-2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
Drink, drink, drink as much as you can. It may seem the opposite of what you'd think, but keeping hydrated will help flush out your system and also help ease the pain. I know there are also OTC pain meds you can get to treat UTI symptoms, AZO pills? Never used them myself but I've seen them mentioned numerous times on VP.

Personally, I would also go to the doctor - UTIs and bladder infections are no fun and you don't want to mess around with them, as they can worsen quickly and sometimes land you in the hospital. When I had a nasty UTI, I asked for Diflucan (YI pill) along with my prescription since I'm somewhat YI-prone and know meds often give me YIs. I'd be wary of taking someone else's medicine, but I also am not terribly familiar with different kinds of medicine, so I don't know what MacroBid is and what it can be used to treat. Either way, I hope you start feeling better soon!
thelastcow 3rd-Mar-2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
I've been drinking water! Just had three glasses. I don't know what AZO pills are, but I'll ask when I go to the clinic first thing in the morning.
My mother's prescription is an "in case of UTI, take this" kind of medication. I'm a bit wary, too, but I don't feel I have much other choice seeing as I have to wait another 15 hours. :S

Asking for Diflucan alongside another treatment sounds like a GREAT idea. Thank you so much! I'll keep that in mind and keep drinking.
paperispatient 3rd-Mar-2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Oh okay, so those are meds meant for UTIs - I hadn't heard of them and didn't know what all they could treat. Pain meds for UTIs are a godsend though - I remember on my way back from my campus's student health center, I had to stop in various buildings to (try to) pee like three times; they'll likely turn your pee a brilliant shade of neon yellow-orange, so don't be alarmed if that happens. :)
creativecstasy 4th-Mar-2009 03:35 am (UTC)
I definitely discolored a half dozen bowls on campus last week that way
kelsietrpt 3rd-Mar-2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
AZO can be bought over the counter. GO GET IT. It will turn your pee bright orange, but it works SO WELL. For really, really horrible pain/urges, I take about half of the maximum daily dose (I think the max is 8-10 pills, but don't quote me on that...read the directions!). It will make you feel SO MUCH BETTER. GO TO THE STORE.

Serrrrriously. There's absolutely nothing worse (at least not to me) than the feeling you're describing.

*hugs*
hallwayjulie 3rd-Mar-2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
UGH. I'm getting a cold awful shivery feeling just thinking about your pain. Hang in there!

Definitely run to CVS and get some AZO pills, and if it were me, I'd take your mom's MacroBid as well.
jmnstars 3rd-Mar-2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
For clarification, it's AZO Standard pills you want. There are a few different kinds of AZO pills there for you to choose from, but AZO Standard are the ones that will help with the pian. HOWEVER, they only treat the pain, not the infection so defiantly get medication. When I get those UTI pains, I take four cranberry pills three times a day - which means 12 in one day, double what you just took. I would take more if I were you. It couldn't hurt and could possible help.

Good luck!!
thinktink16 3rd-Mar-2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah the AZO standard pills are really good. As an above poster said, your pee will be bright red-orange.

The only things you should know about these pills are that they may stain soft contacts. So, if you wear them, switch to glasses. (I know, one more thing about a UTI that makes you feel worse.)

Also, you'll want to tell your doctor when you make an appointment that you've been taking it because the orange color of your pee might mess up any urine tests. From what I remember, they were able to test me anyway but it's still important that they know.

I totally feel your pain. Good luck girl!
creativecstasy 4th-Mar-2009 03:36 am (UTC)
how can they dye contacts?
trackstar1587 4th-Mar-2009 03:05 am (UTC)
I'm soo sorry.

Get to a doctor and TAKE your antibiotic. UTIs can progress really quickly into kidney infections, and those are even worse. For the yeast infection, probiotics can be sold over the counter and also of course lots of yogurt will help prevent a recurrence. Macrobid is a good UTI antibiotic, however if you take some and then see a doctor, it may mess up your urine test, so be sure to inform the doc if you do take it before you go in, because you might pee negative despite a raging UTI (lesson learned here...).

Also, be aware that taking cranberry during a course of antibiotics is a no-no because it can prevent the antibiotic from staying in the bladder where it needs to be...my doc informed me of this on round 2 of antibiotics, when I was wondering why the first didn't work!

GOOD LUCK!! Hugs.
riot_gurl_86 4th-Mar-2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
A year or so ago, I had a lovely run with MRSA, where I was on a constant stream of antibiotics, and naturally-frequent yeast infections.

To save myself an extra trip back to the doc, and the pharmacy, I just asked him to write a 'script for Diflucan along with whatever antibiotics I was to take, and just get it then. Take it the last day of the antibiotics, and you'll be feeling much better!
thelastcow 5th-Mar-2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you all for your advice!! I wasn't able to find AZO, unfortunately, but I sat and peed in a hot bath all night haha. I DID, however, get Diflucan prescribed as a "just in case," which is an amazing thing to have thought of.

Thank you!!
Melissa Locks tammicrux897@aol.com5th-Nov-2013 09:31 pm (UTC)
This morning I was awoken with the worst burning feeling in a long time and needed relief right away. It was 3am so the doctor’s office wasn’t open. I dug through my sister's medicine cabinet (I was staying at her house thank god) and found Lady Soma Cranberry Tablets. I highly recommend this product in everybody’s medicine cabinet. The product worked within 20 minutes and I was able to go back to sleep!
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