Can a UTI make you tired and weak?
While pain, burning and irritability are the most common signs of a urinary tract infection (UTI), some people's symptoms aren't as obvious. In fact, some women only feel tiredness or fatigue when a UTI hits. "Sometimes a UTI will present in a subtle way," explains Dr. Peeke. "Feeling tired and drained is common.
A UTI is usually treated with antibiotics. A: Asymptomatic bacteriuria is when you have bacteria in your urinary tract but you don't have the symptoms that usually go along with UTIs. Older adults are more likely than young people to have asymptomatic bacteriuria.
- The most common UTIs occur mainly in women and affect the bladder and urethra. Infection of the bladder (cystitis). This type of UTI is usually caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli), a type of bacteria commonly found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. However, sometimes other bacteria are responsible.
- If you have any of these signs, see your doctor. These are potential cancer symptoms.
- Change in bowel or bladder habits.
- A sore that does not heal.
- Unusual bleeding or discharge.
- Thickening or lump in the breast or elsewhere.
- Indigestion or difficulty in swallowing.
- Obvious change in a wart or mole.
- Late symptoms of bladder cancer include:
- loss of appetite.
- weight loss.
- change in bowel habits.
- pain in the rectum, anus, pelvis, flank (the side of the body) above the pubic bone or in bones.
- a lump in the pelvis.
The main danger associated with untreated UTIs is that the infection may spread from the bladder to one or both kidneys. When bacteria attack the kidneys, they can cause damage that will permanently reduce kidney function. In people who already have kidney problems, this can raise the risk of kidney failure.
- You must have one or more of the following signs to be diagnosed with severe sepsis:
- patches of discolored skin.
- decreased urination.
- changes in mental ability.
- low platelet (blood clotting cells) count.
- problems breathing.
- abnormal heart functions.
- chills due to fall in body temperature.
- To identify a UTI, keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
- A burning feeling when you urinate.
- A frequent or intense urge to urinate, even though little comes out when you do.
- Pain or pressure in your back or lower abdomen.
- Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange-smelling urine.
- Feeling tired or shaky.
- The main danger associated with untreated UTIs is that the infection may spread from the bladder to one or both kidneys. When bacteria attack the kidneys, they can cause damage that will permanently reduce kidney function. In people who already have kidney problems, this can raise the risk of kidney failure.
Updated: 3rd December 2019