About two months ago, I started experiencing symptoms of a bladder infection. I had pink blood in my urine as well as painful urination. My urine was also very concentrated and cloudy. I purchased an at home urinary tract infection test to see if I would test positive for infection.
I took the test and immediately saw results that were positive for infection. The test instructions said to call a doctor if you see a positive result. However, I decided to treat myself naturally at home. While I do believe that some very minor infections may clear up on their own or with the help of natural remedies, the infection I had was more serious. At the time, I did not realize just how serious it was, so I tried natural approaches to clear the infection before calling a doctor.
I drank a good amount water throughout the day as well as supplementing with folic acid and high doses of Vitamin C. I also tried a women’s probiotic made specifically for urinary health. If my infection was minor, these methods may have helped to clear it out of my system without having to take antibiotics. About two months after treating myself naturally, I decided to take another at home urinary tract infection test to see if I still had the infection.
The test came up immediately positive again for infection. The methods I had been using were not working to flush the infection out of my system, so I decided it was time to call the doctor for antibiotics. I had planned on calling the doctor’s office in the morning. Instead of calling the doctor that morning, I ended up in the emergency room via ambulance.
I woke up with extremely severe back pain that radiated to my chest. I could not figure out what was causing the pain. I thought I may have pulled a muscle, so I took Aleve and laid down with heating pads and ice. The pain was the worst I had ever felt in my life and I was unable to move. I figured that I would not be able to walk into a doctor’s office, so I put off calling the doctor.
Later at night, I ended up being transported to the hospital by an ambulance. The pain from my back was radiating, making my chest feel very tight and it made it hard for me to breathe. The ambulance came and transported me to the hospital. While in the hospital emergency room, I gave a urine sample and awaited the results.
A doctor entered the room and told me that I had a bladder infection that spread to my kidneys. He diagnosed me with pyelonephritis, which is a kidney infection. He said that he also wanted to take a scan of my kidneys as well before I left the hospital. The scan showed that I also had a kidney stone, which was causing the intense pain that I had experienced. Both a kidney infection and a kidney stone may cause pain in the kidney area.
I took the medications as prescribed, but a few days later, the pain ended up getting progressively worse. I was actually screaming out loud in pain for several hours. It was definitely the worst pain I ever had and I have experienced some pretty painful conditions throughout my life. So, I ended up back in the emergency room, barely able to walk. The doctor advised the nurse to hook me up to an IV medication, which did help with the pain. This is certainly an experience that I would never want to relive again.
If you have the symptoms of a bladder or urinary tract infection, you may want to call a doctor for treatment as soon as possible before it has a chance to progress to something worse. I never would have imagined that my bladder infection would have led to something more serious but it did. I am glad that the infection did not travel into my bloodstream, which may have been potentially life threatening.