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UTI, burning sharp pain in left arm after urinating - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I woke up this morning and within a few minutes I knew I had an UTI. How? My left forearm hurt very badly when I went to urinate. I went to the DR and he laughed at me! Said he knew now that I am crazy. I told him the pain is real and that I know every time that I'm getting a UTI from the pain in my left forearm. Ever heard of this?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello.
Doctor :   may I know your age?
User :   sure, 56 year old female. 3rd UTI in 6 mos.
Doctor :   Can you describe the pain?
User :   In my arm, sharp, burning which lasts for a couple of minutes after I urinate. The urinating urge is strong with burning while urinating. 2 different pains.
Doctor :   Do you mean you have pain/burning sensation in your genital/urinary tract along with the pain in the forearm?
User :   Yep. But the pain in my arm comes first. Maybe 30 seconds before I start to pee and then it lasts for a minute or two after. I swear!
Doctor :   Do you have diabetes?
User :   No, I don't.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain.
Doctor :   You may be having the urinary tract infection since you report of dysuria (discomfort/burning sensation in the urinary tract) while urination and also strong urge to urinate,
User :   Yeah, I tested positive with a pee test.
Doctor :   however the arm pain that you report of may be a functional one probably related to psychological factors.
Doctor :   Urinary tract infections symptoms are limited to lower abdomen.
Doctor :   Other condition that can mimick the symptom isneuropathy, which based on your description is unlikely.
User :   How strange. I thought for sure that it was probably referred pain. I understand the physiological (sic) aspect of the UTI; what I don't understand is why my left arm hurts so bad when an UTI is developing.
Doctor :   The pain secondary to UTI are restricted to lower abdomen and can get referred to the groin and upper thigh.
User :   Okay, I understand that, too. I guess I'm just an enigma. My doctor thought it was quite funny. Too bad he didn't feel the pain. He wouldn't think it was so funny, if it happened to him. I'
Doctor :   I can understand what's happening.
Doctor :   If you feel that your symptoms are persisting,
User :   I've had 3 UTI's in the past 6 mos and in all my life, probably 10 to 12. Dr. XXXXXXXX said he doesn't think I need to go to a urologist, yet.
Doctor :   you may consult a neurologist who can evaluate you for neuropathy.
Doctor :   If symptoms are severe will suggest you medications for the same.
Doctor :   you should be feeling better with the medication and appropriate destressing measures.
User :   Okay, that sounds like it may be feasible. I don't have the pain in my left forearm unless an UTI is developing.
User :   Thanks for the information. I don't feel like I got an "answer" to my inquiry, however, I think there isn't a simple answer. Thanks, again.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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