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Registered User
Nov 13, 2014
Mum is feeling that she needs to 'go' but when she does nothing happens, is this a symptom of a UTI?


Registered User
Jan 14, 2010
East Kent
Hi. When my mum had UTIs she quite often suffered from retention (unable to wee)
Dont leave it too long before you call GP out.

My mum used to have a catheter inserted at home by the district nurse and once the infection had cleared it was removed we waited to see if she could pass urine again.


Registered User
Jul 23, 2014
Anglesey North Wales UK
I find this is one of the first signs with my mum before the confusion etc kicks in. I have now arranged with my GP to have antibiotics in advance ready to use as by the time I manage to get a sample and have it tested we can already be three days in!

Fred Flintstone

Registered User
Aug 28, 2014
S. E. England
If you have antibiotics to hand, please make sure you also have some sterile sample pots.

Always take a specimen BEFORE giving the first of the antibiotics, and take to the doctors' surgery.

That way, if the bug turns out to be resistent, a new antibiotic to which the bug is not resistent can be subsituted.

It can be very hard to culture a bug after even a single dose even of an ineffective AB.