June 03, 2013

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Six years ago I experienced severe abdominal pain, I thought it was just a simple pain that will go away if I will drink pain reliever, smear some liniment and take a good rest but I was wrong. I woke up and the pain was there but I still prepare for my work. I can’t tolerate the pain anymore so I went straight to ER of Asian Hospital for consultation. I had CBC and Urinalysis and I found out that I have UTI or Urinary Tract Infection. It was new to me but the doctor told me that I just have to take antibiotics. They gave a sheet of information about UTI, how to treat and how to avoid but I misplaced it.

Anyway, according to mayoclinic.com, urinary tract infection is an infection in any part of urinary system; this includes urethra, bladder, ureters and kidneys. It can be treated by taking antibiotics but serious consequences can occur if infections spread to kidneys. So whenever I feel abdominal pain, I always go to my doctor for check-up.

Last Mother’s Day I visited my doctor because UTI attacked again. She prescribed me an antibiotic and advised me to undergo transvaginal ultrasound just to make sure that I have no lumps.

The following day, I had my ultrasound and the result was normal. I repeated urinalysis after 7 days but I still have infection so she prescribed another antibiotic and advised to undergo urine culture.

I had urine culture but unfortunately the result was not successful because there’s no growth after 48 hours of incubation. I wasted my money there so I repeated my urinalysis and thank God, no more urinary infection.

Well, UTI signs and symptoms may vary but in my case, abdominal pain is always my sign.

-strong, persistent urge to urinate
-a burning sensation when urinating
-passing frequent small amounts of urine
-urine that appears cloudy
-urine that appears red, bright pink, cola-colored – a sign of blood in the urine
-strong smelling urine
-pelvic pain in women
-rectal pain in men

How to prevent UTI?

-drink lots of water every day.
-urinate often.
-urinate right after having sex. (women)

My doctor also advised me to stop using pantiliners, as much as possible wear white undergarments and drink water and cranberry juice. 

Source: mayoclinic.com and wedmd.com

A repost from my old blog Michi's Home Sweet Home

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