I think I have a urinary tract infection. I won't be able to go to the doctor until Thursday and I was wondering if its okay if I waited or if I should go to the doctor immediately? Also is there anyway I can stop the pain in the meantime? I heard that drinking lots of water and d-mannose helps. Also as a side, what really causes urinary tract infections? I've never had anything like this before.
I don't know why you can't go to the dr. now (maybe cause they can't get you in?) Either way it would be better to leave them a sample even if the dr. can't see you. If the dr. that can't see you is a primary dr. try your gyn dr. or vice versa. UTI's can go into the kidneys if not treated. The best thing to do is drink lots of fluid to help flush the bladder but you will need antibiotics. By the time you see the dr. on Thursday they should hopefully have the results in by then. I hope you told them the reason why you need to be seen. They shouldn't make you wait to get in and they will have to send the sample to the lab which can take a few days anyway to get back. Sometimes they can do a dipstick test as a preliminary but it doesn't mean that it will come back positive if you have an infection. Sometimes it comes back clear and then the lab test shows up positive.
Be careful about over the counter meds as some of them may contain an antimicrobial in it and may cause a false negative result. I looked at one called Cystex and found that it had some bacteria fighters in it so I didn't take it.
The cause of UTI's can be from bacteria being pushed up to the front because the entrances are closer together in females. Women can get them after sex too. They can cause you to have some burning and urgency (peeing every few minutes even when there is barely anything to come out). I have had bleeding after I went so many times.
Hopefully a dr. can get you on some antibiotics if you can't wait for the lab work to come back. I'd be safe and tell them you are going to leave a sample as you are very uncomfortable. If you start to get a fever let your dr. know even if you have to call the answering service. I've called my dr. back after just seeing him that same day and rather than having me wait till the lab work came back he called me in some Cipro which is a powerful antibiotic.
Also the dr. can call in something prescription strength for the burning and urgency. I've had better luck with some of the things the dr. gave me and it didn't stain my clothing orange. One medication I can think of is Urelle. It's a purple coated pill and it may give you a light blue or green urine but I didn't have to worry about my clothes being stained. The orange stuff like Uristat another over the counter medicine for pain can be hard to wash off. You will most likely need to wear a pad cause it can be all over down there. Good luck and feel better