last week I made a post (which I am shamefully too lazy to link back to, sorry) about taking a long time to urinate. the problem had been ongoing for 1-2 weeks then.
lately it is not taking me so long, but I feel like the output is much lower than normal. I’m starting to wonder if that’s been the problem all along. at the same time, I also sometimes feel like I haven’t successfully emptied my bladder, so – I don’t know, it continues to be weird.
last Thursday night I woke up feeling nauseated and generally unwell, and my husband had been claiming I felt warm throughout the week, so I finally sucked it up and went to urgent care. my vitals were ok (even my BP, which was surprising because I was freaking out for unrelated reasons), no fever. the doctor decided to treat it like a UTI even though I had no pain or burning (makes sense, UTIs are an easy first line of treatment), and he prescribed antibiotics. while I was there, they did a dip test and found blood in my urine. they sent it elsewhere to be cultured.
today I found out that the bacterial culture was negative. the conversation with the clinic went like this:
receptionist: your culture was negative for everything.
me: ok, so does that mean… more tests now? they found blood in my urine on Friday.
receptionist: well, negative means there wasn’t any kind of infection.
me: yes, I know, but it seems like they might want to know why else there was blood.
receptionist: I don’t understand. are you not feeling better?
me: never mind. I see my doctor tomorrow.
& I do, yay.
I’m feeling the same as I have been for three weeks. I’m just wondering about a few things now because I’d like to avoid sounding stupid when I meet with my doctor.
– I am correct in assuming a negative urine culture means negative for bacteria only, yes? it wouldn’t say anything about blood? or was she trying to say that the blood on Friday was a false positive?
– or is blood in urine just not a big deal? I hadn’t been exercising or doing anything unusual.
– is it reasonable to think there might be an issue with my kidneys here? I have a strong family history of kidney problems, and I would be inclined to share them with my Dr. but don’t want to sound like a hypochondriac if that’s totally off-base.
– I still always think I’m making things like this up. I mean, how do you know if you’re peeing a normal amount, especially when it’s been going on for three weeks?
other info – still 23, HBC-free, have nutritional deficiencies, anemia, ocular HSV-1, mild hypothyroidism (all being treated), non-smoker/light drinker. The urgent care doctor I saw also thought I might have an ulcer, so he prescribed meds for that as well.
Thank you for feedback; it’s much appreciated.