Hi everyone. When it rains it pours doesn't it. Our entire family was supposed to go to my sister and brother-in-laws lake home for the weekend and Thursday night all night my Dad was up sick and fever of 103 and still pretty sick yesterday. I got up and started working yesterday morning and about 10 thought I may have a faint hint of a bladder infection and by 11:00 there was blood in the urine and by noon I couldn't stay out of the bathroom and by 1:00pm I was in the ER and by 3:00 pm urinalysis showed white count of 50,000 (normal is 0 to 1,000) and lots of blood and protein and such. Never ever have I had one go full blown so quickly. I'm home today with antibiotics and pyridium and under orders to lay down as much as possible and push fluids, so I'm laying here on my couch with my laptop propped on my tummy (technically I am resting).
I have a long history of bladder infections when I was in my 20s and diagnosed cystitis in January but never ever have I had one progress from faint feeling of a problem to full blown so quickly. Weird. Not to be graphic but has anyone ever experienced the "I'm peeing knives" issue. I was trying to explain the 10 out of 10 pain to the doctor in the ER and he said does it feel like you are peeing knives (that's it, I shouldn't have eaten the knives for breakfast in my lupie state). But that is exactly how it feels, no burning sensation, just PAIN LIKE KNIVES.
Has anyone here ever taken Pyridium before and, if so, how long does it take to get the full effect? I've now taken it twice and it seems to me it should be working by now.
I know having lupus makes our immune systems different. Is it common to have infections go full blown so quickly? Is it because we have Lupus that an infection hits soooooo fast and hard? I try my best to avoid people who are sick and am almost a germophobe but I guess a bladder infection doesn't come under the category of "make sure you wash your hands" or "cover your mouth when you cough". I'm just trying to understand the infections we get and how our immune systems take care of the infections.
Muscle disorder 2007; Lupus Sept. 2006; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002.
Medications: Allegra and Zantac; Lunesta and Ultram PRN.