Thursday, August 21, 2008

UTI's Are No Fun

All this last week I thought I was going through one of my thyroid phases where I just get run down for about a week. I had been feeling nauseated, was tired all the time, and then a sharp pain was in my stomach last night. This morning I feel a funny sensation when I urinate. Funny in a way that was uncomfortable.

The first time or two it was just terrible to go to the bathroom. Then I started needing to go about every five minutes. All of a sudden, there was blood in the urine. I called for an appointment, but they had me speak to the advice nurse. It really is quite convenient when you are basically just going to be put on antibiotics anyways. I was told it could take up to four hours to get my medication, and by that time, the pharmacy would be closed since it was already after 3 p.m. (pharmacy closed at 6 p.m.).

The nurse told me about some OTC drugs to help with the urinary tract infection symptoms (the pain, the urge, the pressure). They were Azo and Uristat. I HAD to get something. I couldn't keep going to the bathroom every five minutes.

I decided that I would go into town and at least get the pain med. I figured that I would call and maybe, by some miracle, it would be filled (it had only been an hour). Low and behold, it was! I also lucked out in finding Azo was sold there, too, which was great because I didn't want to make several stops. The Azo worked great with the exception of some pressure when I actually go. At least I'm not going every five minutes now. There is only one problem with Azo though. You have to make sure that when you're using the bathroom not to get any urine on clothes as it turns it orange and will stain.

It's bad enough that the thyroid slows me down some days, but when I get sick or infections of any kind, it takes me longer than a normal person to recover. I still have a lump in my right shin from my fall several months ago. At least it doesn't hurt anymore when you press it.

1 comment:

eternal flux said...

I get UTIs so often they give me refills on my antibiotics. In fact I have one this week, too...