Did you know that 50-60% of women will experience a urinary tract infection during their lifetime? The odds are even in our favor...unfortunately. We often think of the common signs and symptoms that come with a UTI such as painful urination, frequent urination, and constant urge to urinate.
However, there are other symptoms that you may not recognize. Here are some of those uncommon symptoms that may mean you have one:
- The pelvic area and lower abdomen may be sensitive due to irritation of the bladder. You may experience pressure, cramping, dull or sharp pain around the bladder.
- A strong, unpleasant smell and cloudy urine due to bacteria in the urine is a sign that something isn't right.
- Pink, red or cola-colored urine can mean that there is blood in the urine. This can also be caused by eating beets, kidney stones, UTI, or something more serious like cancer. It is important to get this checked out immediately.
- Low back pain can be indicative of a bladder infection or something more serious like a kidney infection.
- Tired and achy. You may feel run down and not yourself. When the body is fighting an infection, it can affect the whole body and make you feel more tired than usual.
- If you have a fever, 100.4 or higher, nausea, and vomiting, you may have a kidney infection. This happens when a bladder infection is left untreated and travels to the upper urinary tract system.
Women are at increased risk of getting a UTI mainly due to their anatomy. We often recognize the most common symptoms, but it's just as important to recognize subtle signs and get it treated immediately.
Dr. Jodie Horton