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sarah625
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So... I think I may have an UTI. I have sex pretty regularly (in a monogamous relationship, and I am on the pill) and have been for over a year now. The other night I felt like I really had to pee... I could pee a little and then it would hurt and just abruptly stop. It's been like that for a whole day now... I've pretty much felt like I needed to pee all day, cuz I never feel empty afterwards. It doesn't hurt or sting or anything while I pee though, and there is no blood or anything. Anything else this could be? Or does it sound like a UTI? And in the event that it is, I just go to my healthcare provider, get checked out, and get antibiotics, right?
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kitka
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Sounds like it. Your doc will probably give you antibiotics, depending on the severity of the infection. You can keep it at bay for now by drinking lots of fluids. Drinking undiluted cranberry juice (not the cocktail - the pure juice, which is usually available in health food stores) helps inhibit the bacterial growth that causes UTIs.

4-6 ounces of the stuff per day should help.

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sarah625
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I thought the cranberry juice thing was just a preventative measure, not a temporary treatment?
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It can also work in conjunction with treatment, and help some if you're waiting to get treatment.

It simply usually cannot treat the infection all by itself, save in the case of VERY mild infections.

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sarah625
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I'm starting to wonder if this really is a UTI. I was pretty sure before... but now I'm experiencing really bad pain in my abdominal area (like cramps). I searched and read some of the past posts on here about UTI's and read one about a girl who thought she might have one but it turned out to be kidney stones. Could that be what I have, and thus explain the pain I'm experiencing right now? I have some pain in my lower back (which I assumed was just from sleeping in a bad position or something) but now just noticed that back pain is listed as a UTI symptom. So I've got the back pain, the cramps, and the urination issue. I don't experience any pain while urinating, just near the end when it abruptly stops? Now I know that the constant sensation of needing to urinate is a symptom of UTI's, but I'm confused-- am I not urinating completely each time and thus there is always urine left in me and thus why I constantly feel like I need to pee? Or does the infection cause you to feel the sensation even though your bladder is actually empty of urine? Also, there is no blood in my urine and it isn't cloudy or anything either.

My healthcare provider (at my university) is not contactable until tomorrow. I just went out and bought some unsweetened cranberry juice so hopefully that will help in the meantime. Thanks for the responses-- they are helping.

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