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I recently had a very bad UTI that dramatically impacted my ability to urinate (I have a TRUS measured prostate size of 100 gms). During one night, I had a two hour episode where it felt like there was a piston in my abdomen trying to force urine out (imagine being punched in the stomach except that the force is downwards instead of inwards). It was extremely painful, but the worst of it was that it caused uncontrollable defecation if I released my pelvic floor in order to let the urine out (only 10 to 20 mL of urine would come out during each spasm). I tried to go to the ER, but soiled two pairs of pants enroute. Fortunately, it did clear up after the two hours.
At the time I was on my second day of amoxicillin for a UTI. I finished the course of amoxicillin and now a week later it looks like I still have the UTI so I'm on a new antibiotic, cephalexin, for 14 days.
My question regards methods used at home to determine if one has a UTI. I am only aware of the UTI strips that you dip in urine. I had strips from one manufacturer that I have been using on and off for several months. But about ten days ago I decided to order some strips from Siemens, since I had heard that Siemens makes high quality products. I received those strips this past Thursday and they showed blood in my urine that the other strips did not. This lead me to go to the doctor yesterday (Friday) where they determined that my UTI had not cleared up and hence the new antibiotics.
Are test strips the only tool we have to use at home? Clearly at the doctor's office they seem to have more sophisticated methods. Culturing urine is probably not possible at home, but they seem to have a method for getting actual numbers for specific gravity, leukocytes, occult blood, etc. Thoughts on this subject appreciated.
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