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Your Lower Abdomen Pain Could Be a Urinary Tract Infection
07/29/2020

Feeling the symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI)? Not sure if you are? Learn the signs and symptoms of this common ailment and your best options for seeking treatment.

 

As a Disney Cast Member or Employee, you have access to board-certified family medicine and primary care physicians who can have you back to feeling better in no time.

 

Signs and Symptoms of UTIs

A urinary tract infection can be very irritating, but it’s also a common infection that can be cured quickly with the right care. The major symptom of a UTI is a burning or painful sensation when you urinate, but if you have a UTI then you may also be experiencing:

  • Cloudy, smelly, and/or bloody urine
  • Pressure or cramping in your lower stomach and/or back
  • Urge to urinate often

If the infection spreads to your kidneys, you may experience:

  • Chills
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • High fever
  • Nausea
  • Pain in your side, back, or groin
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Vomiting

Kidney infections are much more serious than UTIs, so if you have symptoms of a kidney infection, it’s important to get in touch with your primary care physician right away.

 

Where to Go for Treatment

Although a UTI may feel like an emergency, consider first calling your primary care physician for an in-person appointment or setting up a video visit to begin your treatment before heading to the emergency room.

 

Primary Care Physician

Your primary care physician knows your history as a patient and can provide a treatment plan to have you back to feeling well quickly. If you have a history of frequent UTIs or kidney infections, your PCP will know if additional steps, aside from a standard care plan, may be necessary.

 

Video Visits 

We know it’s not always easy to leave your home for medical care right now, so we’ve expanded our virtual care options, and, as a Disney Cast Member or Employee, these visits are available at no cost to you — compared to an emergency room visit that can cost hundreds of dollars. Video visits, sometimes also called telehealth or virtual visits, allow you to safely talk from home with a board-certified doctor or practitioner about how to best treat your UTI or any other new or ongoing health condition(s).  

 

A virtual visit is the closest option to an in-person visit, providing a convenient option for a face-to-face appointment with your primary care physician, specialist or other health care provider. In many cases, your personal physician can deliver a diagnosis and treatment plan just like you would during an in-person visit. 

 

If you need a prescription, your provider will call it into your pharmacy.

 

More Information

Visit AdventHealthCastCare.com or call the Member Experience Center at 855-747-7476 for more information on choosing a primary care physician or how to easily download the AdventHealth app to use video visits.