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sunkissedx
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I have been suffering with anxiety and depression due to a new stresful job, the thing is i made an appointment to see the dr as i was getting stomach cramps, needing to urinate alot (also feeling a full feeling in bladder), cold sweats and high temperatures. Ive had the shakes for a while and my gums are starting to irritate me, could everything be linked?

I made the mistake of having a weird sensation when ive been going to urinate and not going to the drs. shes put me on antibiotics but the high temperatures are happening 24/7 throughout the day too.

the dr didnt actually check to see whether u had an uti infection she just gave me the antibiotics straight away as ive had cloudy wee too.

could you tell me more information about this ? could it be an sti or do you get the shakes with a uti infection, thanks x

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So, the doctor didn't ask you to urinate in a cup and test your urine? And with things like high temps and shakes -- which I assume you said you were having -- didn't do any other kind of exam?

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ive had the high temperature and shakes for about 2 days but a week before i felt really drowsy and i was getting crunching stomach pains where i couldnt stand.

no she didnt ask me to do anything apart from go to a gum clinic first as i was worried it was an sti, im going there tomorrow but ive started taking the antibiotics today because she thinks its most likly to be the uti infection because of the cloudy urine :s when i go for a wee it feels like i cant get enough out and theres alot of pressure

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So, it sounds like she did examine your urine then, no?

But I agree: getting STI tests is also important, particularly given some of your history in terms of potentially having/taking high risks.

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she didnt examine my urine. i just mentioned about the high temperature and those antibiotics are called trimethoprim.
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I think giving you a broad spectrum antibiotic like that to start right away with your symptoms was smart, because things like high fevers, shakes and big pain suggest some kind of possibly severe infection. So, a doctor will often want to use a medicine they know will likely at least start to take care of whatever kind it is to protect your health.

But again, for sure, follow up with her other advice, including STI screenings.

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when you go to the gum clinic can you get a check up for everything all at once ?
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What you want to ask them for is a full panel for all sexually transmitted infections. And yep, you should be able to get that there.

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im so so scared now because i have flu symptoms but ive never ever had any scabs down there im petrified i have an sti [Frown]
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I know we've talked about this before, but I'll remind you. For most people, most of the time, with most STIs, there are NO noticeable symptoms. No scabs, no fevers, no weird discharges.

One of the reasons our STI rates around the world are so high is that people mistakenly think if they or partners have no symptoms, they must not have or be at risk of STIs. Then those same folks often don't get tested, ask partners to get tested, and don't use barrier methods as they should to reduce their risks in the ways that DO work and are sound.

That's why getting regularly tested -- for you, for partners -- is so important and why taking safer sex very seriously, including using condoms and making smart choices with partners is so important.

Basically, you've taken some risks in the past, and there was already cause for concern. It's scary to be sick at all, but I don't see any reason to be more scared now because you clearly have some kind of illness, which may or may not be sexually transmitted.

But about about you use this reality check for good? How about taking this awareness and making some changes in your life to keep your heart and body a lot more safe than you have in the past?

[ 04-13-2011, 02:00 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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yeah i understand, i was worried before but i never took action, but because ive been so ill im thinking that theres something wrong when it might just be a uti.Im always going to be safe from now on and just get tested tomorrow. can they give you results there and then if your getting tested for everything ? not sure how it all works
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Results from STI tests, for the most part, aren't instant, no. Depending on how fast their lab is and how many patients are waiting before you it can take, usually, anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

The exception is if they do a cheek swab test for HIV: you can usually get the result from that test same-day.

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