Urinary track infection and...stress?

My wife is feeling really systemically crappy–not just burning pee and urgency to pee–from a UTI, and said part of it is probably aggravated by stress (but mostly in my opinion due to the body soap/shampoo that says right on the bottle “may cause urinary track infection”).

Anyway, the mood she’s in if she says the UTI was caused by a passing cloud I would agree with her. But what’s the SD?

UTI is nothing to play with, I had 2 friends in their 30’s die from this in one year. My sister in law waited too long to get to the hospital and wiped out her kidneys she came very very close to dying. If you haven’t seen a Dr. I would see one asap. Feeling run down and tired is one of the main symptoms of blood poisoning.


I originally had tract, but I was reading St. Augustine last night, thought I had it wrong just because religious stuff was in my head, and changed it to “track.”

But it is a track, Leo said to Leo at the time, and he couldn’t think of any cognate that made sense with organs, fluid, etc.

Contract, distract, Tractatus, tractile (which I think is a word)…can’t see it.

Nonetheless it is “tract”.

Also, please be sure your wife gets medical attention. UTIs are thoroughly unpleasant in the first place and can become serious if untreated.

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Since this concerns a specific medical issue let’s move this to IMHO (from GQ).

UTIs can be very dangerous. They are a plague among elderly women especially. (By “elderly,” I mean even older than me, i.e., 80s and 90s.) They can creep up on a woman and lead to balance problems, falling, disorientation. This happened to my mother a couple of times, and several friends have told me similar stories about their moms.

The woman may or may not have the sensation of burning while peeing. Your wife should get herself checked out.

Untreated UTIs can lead to sepsis that can spread throughout the body. This can be fatal.

Now that we’re done with the nitpicking, the answer to the OP’s question is yes. Stress leads to all sorts of health issues, and there’s no reason not to think that it would exacerbate an already-existing issue like a UTI.

I imagine she’s already seeking medical attention (no one wants to ride out a UTI without intervention), but do make sure she mentions the accompanying symptoms to her doctor.

It’s quite possible that stress made her more susceptible to the infection. Maybe her immune system could’ve fought it off if she weren’t stressed.

What on earth is that product?? I’ve never heard of a body soap with warnings about it causing UTI’s!

Taking a lot of bubble baths, and not rinsing off afterwards, can make women with sensitive skin develop irritation around the urethral opening that lowers its ability to resist bacteria.

I am prone to bladder infections, which manifest pretty much the same as UTIs. I don’t tend to get pain, because I have so much scar tissue from repeated infections. My first symptoms are nausea, lethargy, and when I go to the doctor, slightly elevated blood pressure-- from a typical for me 110/60 to about 130/80-- and a low-grade fever, like 100’F. If I let it go, it progresses to urinary frequency, but I rarely get pain-- I get to the doctor first. If I get to pain, it’s serious enough that I usually need 24 days of Cipro to clear it up. Once I had one that needed three days of high doses of Zotrim along with something to keep me from having an allergic reaction, along with six weeks on a low dose of Cipro. I have had so much Cipro in my life, I will never get Anthrax. I now take Detrol every day, and it cut the number of infections I get by about 75%.

UTIs are really serious in elderly people, and can cause confusion and disorientation that have gotten some people diagnosed with dementia until someone figured out the actual problem.

So it would surprise me if middle-aged people can get slightly flustered or forgetful and stressed when they have bladder infections or UTIs. Add the symptom of lethargy to the mix, and the fact that some people run fevers, and yes, a UTI all by itself can cause everything your wife is experiencing. If I’m mistaken, and your wife is in her 20s, she could still be reacting badly to the UTI. Maybe she’s just precocious.

That was uncalled for.

(shrug) Yours was the first genuine answer to the question. The OP acknowledged the error. IMO, there was no need to continue the hijack nearly an hour later, especially if they couldn’t have been bothered to address the OP.

It wasn’t clear whether the OP was asking if UTI was caused by stress, or whether she was feeling tired because of the stress and not the UTI.

It also was not clear that he agreed that it should be tract, just that he considered that option and thought it didn’t make sense.

The Dr gave my ex wife oxybutrin ( spelling) to ease the frequency and it sent her into full blown dementia. She didn’t know where she was, who any of her family was, had no memory at all. I traced the sudden turn for the worse on the oxybutrin and discontinued it. Aside from that you might be on to something. Her normal dementia seems to be worse when she is complaining of frequency issues.

I think either a whoosh was served up or was passed along with a knowing wink.

Where was the “whoosh” or “knowing wink”? I didn’t see anything in the thread that was in that category.

It’s a well documented phenomenon that UTI cause confusion and impaired memory and thought in elderly patients. It’s something all doctors need to check for with an older patient who appears to have decompensated mentally. UTIs present very differently in the elderly, complicating matters.


I have 3-4 UTI a year. I have no symptoms, but my urine smells bad. I go to the clinic and get a urine culture. It takes three days for the result.

If it is positive, the bacteria is identified and the specific antibiotic is known.

UTIs are probably one of the most misunderstood, overdiagnosed, over AND undertreated conditions out there.

I am NOT going to try to explain the whole topic, it’s just too vast and laden with woo, controversy, hearsay, complications and bad outcomes.

But here is a basic primer on UTIs for the layperson

And for the more technical layman, this goes beyond the basics