Possible to have UTI And not know it?

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Hi everyone, 

I've had a long history with urinary tract infections (At the age of 21 it's sad to say you have a long history with them) so I know what it feels like when they're coming and I know how to catch the signs and symptoms early. I've had immense pain with every UTI I've ever had. However at the moment I am getting the slightest bit of pressure with the tiniest amount of aggravation (feels like a slight skin burn) when I got to the bathroom. It's nothing major, not painful, just annoying and making me very paranoid because I can't afford to get another during this university semester. I've noticed when I drink heaps of water beforehand it burns less, so I think it's possible my urine might just be acidic and its burning my skin. However, I was wondering if its possible to have urinary tract infection but not have any symptoms including the pain? Please let me know. 

Thank you. 

P.S. 

Currently drinking 2.5-3L of water for the past three days just in case as well as taking vitamin C and drinking 1-2 glasses of Cranberry juice DAILY. Staying Clean as well. 

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    The Cranberry Juice and Vitamin C might be an irritant to your UT if you have a beginning UTI (they *are* both highly acidic).  The pressure you describe could be "stress incontinence" (you feel as if you have to pee every few minutes and you *might* produce a drop or two).

    In a few emergency situations I have changed the PH of my urine by mixing a scant amount of baking soda with water and drinking that (neutralizes the acid).  However, I don't recommend doing this often, just until you can see your doctor.  You might also (if you don't already), keep a box of testing strips to do a quick home dip test on your urine.

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    I had no symptoms until it became an upper bladder infection and it started to attack my kidneys . If I didn't get the fever of 102.5 and the pains in my sides I would have never known.

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      This is true.  A bladder infection will rarely produce fever whereas a kidney infection almost always does.  You see, when a test is positive for a UTI, it is merely showing an infection *somewhere* in the urinary tract.  Doctors diagnose by your symptoms.
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      When I went to the ER, the doctor asked me if I had any of the symptoms. I said no. I had a friend of a friend who died from this. She had an upper bladder infection that went Septic and she refused to go to the doctor before it was too late. At first I thought it was my Appendix . I am just glad I went in when I first noticed the pain and the high fever.
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      Yeah I never get fevers with a uti just a lot of pain to the point where I sometimes can't move in the lower abdomen. I went to the doctor he just outright gave me antibiotics and didn't take a urine sample, which to me is odd. If I do have one this will be the first time I haven't had the horrible pain.

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      I've never had a doctor who referred to a kidney infection as an "upper bladder infection" or a bladder infection as a "lower bladder infection".  Upper and lower UTIs, yes.

      I have the pain and pressure right over my bladder when I start a UTI, with one-sided (usually right) back pain and bright red blood in my urine.

      Sorry you lost a friend to this.  

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      Is this your regular doctor? If so, he might be diagnosing by your symptoms since you have a history of chronic infections.
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      It was an ER doctor. They did a blood test but the white blood cells showed no infection , they also did an ultrasound to make sure I did not have a cyst into of the ovairias. And a Urine test. It was the urine test that showed. He did not say a UTI infection, he said an upper bladder infection but I heard they are the same thing .
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      Thank you. She refuse des help. She did not want to go to the hospital u till it was to late. Something so simple that could have been cured she chose the wrong path. This is why as soon as I had the pain and high fever . I knew something was wrong.
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      We can't play games with our health.  No one enjoys going to the doctor but the alternative is sometimes much worse.

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      Hi sandra, 

      The problem is the symptoms I'm feeling are unusual. Every time i get a UTI i feel horrible stabbing pains immediately. However, this time, I'm just feeling as though that area is just aggravated and at the moment it is bearable. I've never had that from a UTI. Its always been immediate pain, not progressive pain from simple aggravation to horrible pain. 

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