Monday night, I suddenly had lower back and groin pain on my left side which spread down my thigh. It was extremely uncomfortable, but went away after 3 or 4 hours and I went to sleep fine. The next morning, I woke up to that same pain, even worse now. I made an appointment and was seen the same day by my general practitioner. At this point, I didn't have any more pressure, burning, or other UTI symptoms. The doctor asked if I had been doing any heavy lifting, and since I am actually remodeling a house right now and had been painting and moving things around, I said yes and he diagnosed me as having a sprained back and gave me muscle relaxers. I took one muscle relaxer that night and the pain went away. I haven't had to take another pill.
This morning, I woke up around 8am needing to pee, so I went. It didn't burn when I peed, but when I finished peeing, there was a weird burning sensation that lasted for 10-15 minutes afterward, along with a pressure in my abdomen again. It was very uncomfortable, so today I went and bought the AZO test strips to do an at-home UTI test. Hopefully some of you are familiar with this test: if the squares turn pink/purple, it is positive. I took my test when I got home from Thanksgiving festivities today, and indeed, my test strip almost immediately changed to the positive result colors.
Sorry this was so long; basically I am needing to know if my off and on symptoms and positive test strip results are indeed indicative of a UTI. I've never had a UTI before, ever, so I'm not sure how mild the symptoms can be, which symptoms you might not have, etc. And how accurate are the at-home kits? I read that they are fairly similar to the ones the doctors use and are generally pretty reliable, but I'm not sure if that's for real or just good marketing. ;)
My back hurts today, but I don't have a fever, so I'm assuming my kidneys are still alright. My urine has also been cloudy, which I've read is a symptom. No blood in it, and once again, no burning, frequency, or urgency. Just a pressure/tingle/weird feeling when I'm done peeing. I'm going to go back to the doctor tomorrow and talk to him about my positive test result and see what he wants to do--I just don't want to be blown off or treated for the wrong thing since I was originally just given muscle relaxers for a sprained back. I've been having these symptoms on and off for a week now, so I'm also quite curious why they haven't gotten worse by now.
Thanks a lot!