I'm mainly here to try to get a lot of things from different people, whether it's information, help, or whatever people would like to do with the information here.
I'm a 21 year-old female. My first symptoms of my UTI began in about March, but my mother who is a nurse didn't steer me in the direction of a doctor, she just sort of shrugged her shoulders and wouldn't say anything (I think she believes I'm a hypochondriac, even though this is the first time I've ever really been sick).
In March, I noticed that I'd feel like I still had to urinate after I already had, for just a moment or so. It was like that until late May, when things started to get bad. In the beginning of June when the urgency was interfering with my work and my relationships, and the pain during urination went to a strong burn, I took a UTI test, it was positive for nitrates and leukocytes. My mother, again, didn't steer me towards a doctor, and since I'm ignorant about that sort of stuff, and poor, I didn't go, either. I tried to get rid of it on my own, but one day I took a pain pill and immediately felt pains all over, probably from the pain pill being taken incorrectly, but I'd had enough sleepless nights and missing work, so I went.
I was on my menstrual cycle, so we don't know if I was bleeding in my urine, but his test also concluded that I had a UTI. I didn't want to spend money on a culture, it would have been ANOTHER seventy for it, so he gave me Bactrium, or Bactrim, in case I was pregnant (I knew I wasn't, but I wasn't about to pay another $30 for the test). The terrible pain went away immediately, but the burning lasted for two days more. I finished the medication, but something didn't feel right. Exactly two weeks later, the day after I finished my Bactrium, I was sick from the pain of what I thought was my UTI--I had to go in for another check-up and was given Cipro.
However, when he checked my urine, I no longer had a positive test for nitrates OR leukocytes, but now that I was off my period, he could see that there was blood in my urine. So, again, I got the Cipro. The Cipro, I've been remembering to take more properly than the Bactrium, but I'm still feeling urgency, and slight pangs when I urinate.
This whole things is bad in so many ways. It's annoying, it's unpredictable. I've missed maybe three days over this and it's not just bothering me physically, it's bothering me emotionally and mentally. It's getting to the point where my absences are becoming inexcusable, but my job is based on speed--I can't be quick or efficient when I'm constantly running to the restroom or stopping from the pain.
Do you think the Doctor's office would allow me to pay my bill bi-weekly if I speak to them about it first? Does anyone have any idea what this might be or how I can help the antibiotics? I just don't understand what else it could possibly be if the bacteria isn't present in my urine while the blood and symptoms of a UTI are. I may have already said this, but my kidneys feel fine.
In case it's something to mention, before I went to the doctor over my UTI, my gall bladder was inflamed, but since has been fine, and I'm having a problem with my left eye--the peripheral is a little cloudy, blurry, and turning things gray, and in the bright lights turns black as if I stared at the sun. Just in case those may have to do with anything, but the doctor couldn't see anything wrong with my eyes with his equipment, and didn't say if there was a connection.
I appreciate any feedback or info OR anything that can help out a broke girl like me.