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Sorry I am so late responding! I have been offline for a couple of days. If you are still having symptoms, it is most likely a UTI. You will need abx to clear it up. You will need to call your Dr. Some Drs. will not require an office visit and will allow you to just drop off a urine sample at the lab. Others, (particularly one you dont see regularly, or havent seen in a while), will require you to come in for an office visit and then they will send you to the lab for a urine culture.

There are a few things you can try to help the symptoms until you can get to the DR. First, you can go to the drugstore and get AZO Standard (or the generic/drugstore brand.) It is a product that turns your pee a different color, and helps some with freq/urg and burning with urination. It also contains a mild antibacterial to discourage further bacterial growth, (though it wont wipe out the existing infection, if you have one. BUt, it can help to keep it from getting worse.)

Also, you can try taking some OTC antacids. They help neutralize the acid in the urine. When infection is present, the PH is off in the urine, making it more acidic. The acidic urine is what causes the burning during urination, and sometimes causes the pain and burning feeling in the bladder.

For the pain, it helps to alternate actemeniphen (Tylenol or equivilant generic)and an anti-inflammatory med like Motrin or whatever brand you prefer. During a bad UTI, my Dr. has me alternate them, taking acetemiphen, then, taking the anti-inflammatory 3 hrs later, then the acetemeniphen again 3 hrs after that, alternating them. (It helps to set the alarm, and even do this in the night, so you dont wake up in worse pain after the meds wear off.)

Sometimes an ice pack helps when it is laid on your urethra. It helps to calm/numb the urethral spasms that contribute to the frequent urination and sense of urgency.

Using a heating pad and/or getting in a warm bath is often helpful for the lower back pain and the bladder spasms. (Dont use soap "down there" or use bubbles, as the chemicals can aggrevate the sensitive areas during and infection.

Lastly, sometimes it helps to take an OTC antihistimine (like Benedryl or the generic version) at bedtime. It helps to relax the pelvic floor muscles to help with the urgency. Also, since it tends to "dry things up", it helps some people with the frequency. It will also help you to get to sleep and stay asleep, since you are probobly getting up alot at night to go.

Regarding the cranberry juice, yes, it is helpful for UTIs because it is acidic and the acid helps to keep the bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder or lining of the Urinary Tract. BUT, the acidity can also cause buring during urination. That is why using a product like AZO Standard is preferable to drinking cranberry juice. However, if you are not particularly bothered by the burning during urination, then the Cranberry Juice would be helpful.

If you are still having symptoms, I hope you can get in to see your Dr. soon and get on some antibiotics. I have had several UTIs/bladder and kidney infections. I know how miserable they can be! I hope you start feeling better soon!

Hugs,
Amy





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