2:41 pm - 09/22/2009

Question about antibiotics for a UTI.

Sooo, the only time I don't pee after sex I get a UTI. I've only had one other UTI in my life, and now I'm away at school and my college's health services have given me TWO medications to treat it. Back at home it was only one antibiotic. But now I have two: Phenazopyridine HCL (Hydrochloric acid? what is that?) and Trimeth Sulfate it seems to be called. Why two medications? One is supposed to alleviate the painful symptoms, I think...One is to treat the infection. She told me my pee was gonna be orange because of these, buuut I have yet to see that. It's only been a couple hours, though. Anyone know of these medications/taken them before?

So the story is that last night I felt funny down there. At first I thought it was something in my vagina, a yeast infection or just general irritation from all the stuff that went on with the SO over the weekend...No, not that. Urethral "heaviness" and general discomfort.

Woke up this morning and was ok for a while, but thought I was having some funny discharge. Noo, not that either. Unconscious pee had been coming out :(

So as the morning went on I became increasingly uncomfortable. Peed a couple times. It didn't hurt until after I was done. Ate lunch, drank some water, and went straight to health services. Peed in a cup painfully and messily :( and the nurse told me I had "a good one!" which I guess meant a pretty bad UTI. Hmph. She took my temperature, no fever, whacked me on my lower back a few times to check for pain, and sent me off with two containers of pills. In under an hour I drank more than 32 ounces of water and now I am peeing EVERY FIVE MINUTES, literally, and it HURTS.

Is this because I drank too much water all at once? I don't usually consume so much water in one sitting. Or is this infection going to get worse before it gets better? Is it bad to be peeing this much? It's kind of interfering with getting work done and is definitely going to interfere with my class at 4 :(
Is my pee not being made orange yet because I drank so much water and it's diluted? Before I found out I had this I hadn't drank very much, and my urine sample was pretty dark yellow. But now it's almost all water. Am I doing myself any good with that? Or is it just coming out endlessly because I was dumb and drank too much?

This sucks :( There is nothing I'll appreciate more than being able to pee without it hurting after this is over. Help anyone?
righteousbean 22nd-Sep-2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
I've had the meds that turn your pee orange before. It takes at least 3-5 hours before that happens, for me anyway.

What that pill does is make the uncomfortable feeling go away so you can get back to feeling more "normal", while the antibiotic treats the actual infection.
righteousbean 22nd-Sep-2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, and keep drinking the water. The water will help wash out the bacteria. I know that it hurts, but it's better that you are peeing.

If at all possible, sit in a warm bath, it helps with the pain.

Curl up with a blanket, and keep yourself warm.

I've had a bad one like this before, they suck.

*ehugs*
may_third 22nd-Sep-2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comments ♥ I don't know what's going on. It seems as if NOW, like 2 minutes ago when I last peed, that a little bit of orangey red was dripping out at the end of the pee? :( It huuurts like so bad that my eyes tear up, and I can't tell if this is the beginning of the orange-ness or if it was blood!
righteousbean 22nd-Sep-2009 07:50 pm (UTC)
It's possible to pee some blood with a uti, so it could be that. It could also be the pills working, turning your pee orange.

I know it does hurt, but at least you went right away, you know? So good for you for taking care of yourself.

Try what others have suggested and pouring warm water as you pee, or wiping with a warm towel. It soothes a little.

Or, if you can, pee while sitting in a warm bath.
karmagoesdown 22nd-Sep-2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
The peeing a lot might just be a combination of the amount of water and the UTI

I know that when you start drinking a lot (well, the amount you should drink really) of water all of the old water your body has stored gets flushed out first becuase your body thinks it is going to get a steady supply and doesn't need to store it so much.
paraxeni 22nd-Sep-2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Trimethoprim is an antibiotic, the other is a painkiller that I think is the active ingredient in what you guys call Azo? (I googled it once to see what it was)

The antibiotics will take a few days to kick in, but you must take the full course, don't stop when you start to feel better! Keep drinking clear fluids, take paracetamol/acetaminophen to keep your temp down and take the edge off the pain. If it hurts when you pee try taking a bottle of cool water into the loo with you and pour it on yourself at the same time as it comes out.

Good luck, be brave, UTIs are disgusting things ugh.
thinktink16 22nd-Sep-2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest something similar, except with warm water. Everytime I've had a UTI, pouring some warm (not hot!) water and pouring it over my urethra while I'm peeing normall helps. Or pee into a warm, shallow bath.

I've never heard of doing this with cool water though! I would imagine that it would make me seize up and make it harder to pee, but I could totally be making that up. Maybe I'll try that next time.
paraxeni 22nd-Sep-2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Yep, you spotted my er.. *cough* deliberate *cough* error! You're right, warm water. I was trying to have two conversations at once, in here and on the phone, and trying to tell my gf to take her tramadol with lots of cold water!

Oh the thought of cold water on one's bits. Yikes.
hadespuppy 22nd-Sep-2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't recommend taking anything to keep a fever down. Fever is the body's natural defence against pathogens, and unless it gets into the range where the fever itself is dangerous, it is better to let it happen. You feel worse, but you get better faster, which is always good.

To the OP: Keep drinking that water, I know it hurts, but even if you weren't drinking, you would probably still feel like you had to pee, and it hurts way more when there's nothing to come out. You may want some unsweetened cranberry juice as well, it should relieve some of your symptoms, and help you get the UTI out of your system faster.
may_third 22nd-Sep-2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks :( I just hate this. I don't know how I am going to make it through my two hour French class having to pee every five minutes. It's awwwfuuuul.
hadespuppy 22nd-Sep-2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Sit near the door, and maybe if you feel comfy enough with your prof, let them know that you're having an issue, and may have to run out a bit. Hopefully if the class is interesting enough, it will distract you from having to pee.
Good luck!
righteousbean 22nd-Sep-2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
Could you e-mail the prof and say you're feeling ill and if s/he could just e-mail you the notes?
may_third 22nd-Sep-2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I actually just did that. We're allowed three absences so I guess I can sit today out. Sigh...I just hate missing class for things like this. Most of the homework for it is done online sooo in theory I should be good.
righteousbean 22nd-Sep-2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
think about it this way though, you wouldn't be paying much attention anyway if you were feeling crappy, right?
paraxeni 22nd-Sep-2009 07:59 pm (UTC)
Haha yes, I know what a fever is and what it's for, thanks :D

I was actually going by current NHS prescribing guidelines for UTIs which always include paracetamol for antipyretic and analgesic purposes, and even recommend ibuprofen too in many cases. It's funny how things differ from territory to territory. A good example is how we're always told that cranberry juice is great as a preventative measure against bacteria taking hold, but useless once someone is symptomatic!
may_third 22nd-Sep-2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that one is the antibiotic...Figured that out now--the nurse told me not to take any acetaminophen though. Didn't really explain why. I didn't have too bad of a temperature, really, and I could care less about that at the moment because my problem is peeing all the time and it hurting so bad that my eyes well up with tears! I don't know how I'm gonna make it through the rest of my classes today.
paraxeni 22nd-Sep-2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Ah just as well you're not burning up, only increases the misery of it all.
mercuryfading 22nd-Sep-2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
I always get 2 medicines for UTIs. One of them is an internal numbing thing, the one that is supposed to turn everything orange. If you are still in a lot of pain, take more of this one. You can't really overdose on it, and if your pee hasn't turned orange, maybe you aren't taking enough.

Lots of peeing is good, though! It will flush the bad stuff away!

You should start to feel better by tomorrow. Take care until then!
greent8119 22nd-Sep-2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
Yeah my experience with a UTI at school was exactly the same. At home they just gave me a sulfa drug and made me endure the pain. But the school doctors gave me those nifty purply/black pills that made me pee orange. Fantastic invention, and they only took a couple hours to work. Trust that in the AM you won't be hurting as long as you take them as frequently as it says on the bottle. UTI's suck, make sure your partner knows it too. Whenever I get a UTI I remind him how miserable his sex life will be if he isn't more careful about what hes doing.
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