Hey VP! Quick question, I hope.

I’ve had two symptoms of UTI, but they’ve been separate in time.

For a while (a couple of weeks?), I was peeing really often. I was a little concerned about diabetes, etc, but I didn’t feel any thirstier than usual, and I know my glucose levels are usually good. It was just strange because I wasn’t drinking a lot of extra fluids. Often = every half hour or even less sometimes.

Now the frequency has gone back to what I’d consider normal. However, when I do go to pee, it’s quite difficult. It doesn’t hurt or anything; it just takes a while – ten or fifteen minutes, sometimes. Turning on faucets and pressing on my bladder helps, but it’s still a challenge. This has been going on for at least a week, and it seems to be becoming more difficult.

I thought at first that this newer thing might be related to my recent working-through of certain trauma. Weird, but not a health thing. Then I remembered what had been happening before, and I started to wonder. I used to be very prone to UTIs and once developed a kidney infection, but I have not had any for at least a year (maybe two?). Again, it does not hurt or burn, and urine looks normal.

Other symptoms: I have had very little appetite for the duration of these things, but I assumed that was because of Feelings, etc.

I am: cis-gender 23 y/o female, HBC free, sexually active but just barely due to aforementioned working-through of trauma (also recently diagnosed with C-PTSD). Anemic, mildly hypothyroid, have lots of nutritional deficiencies, take antivirals for ocular HSV-1, aaand I can’t remember anything else right now. Sleepy. I stopped HBC in mid-January after taking it for two years.

My doctor is on vacation right now, so any thoughts would be great for peace of mind until she returns in a few days. Thank you!

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6 Responses to weirdness with the urination

  1. SseNope says:

    I’d see a doctor… I’ve never in my life had a problem with peeing and it taking 10-15 minutes, but I don’t know if that’s something you’ve experienced before? It sounds very abnormal to me. I don’t think it’s something that’s URGENT, so you could wait until your doctor comes back… but yeah… just the 10-15 minutes struggling to urinate is very odd to me…

  2. Xxxmsk says:

    I wouldn’t waste any time. Even if you go to a little ‘down the hatch’ clinic. I didn’t think I had any infections when it was taking me awhile to pee… but i sure did.

    is there a distinct odor?

    I waited way too long to go see someone and ended up in the hospital with a bladder infection, kidney infection, blood in urine, and a UTI. Fever of 106. Vomiting. Migraine. Passing out.

    Go get it looked at. GO! GO! GO!

    It may not be anything at all, but it’s always good to at least know =]

  3. SseNobody says:

    You might be suffering from an obstructive problem somewhere in your bladder or anywhere the urine passes. You may want to see a doctor if it is really bothering you but you may wait for your doctor on vacation since she will know best your situation. I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you think it is UTI you can take precautionary measures to be safe such as taking antibiotics.

  4. Hteall says:

    I’d send you to the doctor sooner rather than later, if only to pee in a cup. It might indeed be a psychological inability to relax the muscles that let urine out of the bladder — but as xxxdezxxx notes, a kidney infection is BAD. If you absolutely cannot get to a clinic or doctor for the cup-pee-culture gig, drink lots of water and take cranberry pills.

    (Is your hypothyroidism being treated? I now know that I had it, undiagnosed, for years — and if I could’ve been treated during those years, my quality of life would’ve been much better.

    Condolences on the occular HSV! No fun, that.)

    Good luck!

  5. 210Super says:

    To the OP, it’s not clear whether or not you have a current diagnosis of diabetes type I/II? If so, diabetic cystopathy is a distinct possibility. You can read more about it here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2861857/

    Essentially, what you are experiencing is the inability to void urine. When you do go, you may be simply voiding a bit of excess, while the bladder remains overfilled. If you are drinking a normal amount and not voiding a normal amount (ie: voiding very little) it’s worth a trip to the health clinic (if they can get you in on the same day) or the emergency/urgent care clinic. They will put in a catheter (it sounds a lot worse than it is!) to drain your bladder.

    When you are finally able to void urine, is it a normal/large amount? Do you have any abdominal pain?

    Of course, there could be a psychological/emotional component to all this, but given your relatively complex medical history, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of something neurological going on with your bladder.

    Good luck, and let us know how it works out!

  6. AsuNo says:

    Thank you for this! Sorry I was unclear about the diabetes. No, I do not have a diagnosis of type I/II diabetes. My MIL does, and she’ll occasionally check my blood sugar (for… fun, I guess?). My doctor also checks on glucose levels when she orders labs for nutritional things. The numbers are generally good, maybe a little low between meals.

    My BMI is slightly high, so onset of diabetes may still be a concern… but I’m active and fare well on all of the health factors associated with overweight, like BP/cholesterol/waist circumference.

    When I am finally able to void urine, it is usually slightly less than normal, but occasionally much less. This morning and in the middle of last night, I was having a bit of crampy pain in my lower abdomen.

    I found out that I won’t be able to see my doctor until next Friday, so now I’m starting to think the urgent care clinic is a good idea. :/ I have a really strong tendency to think medical stuff is all in my head/that I’m a hypochondriac, though, so I keep going back and forth on this.

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