OK, I'm the queen of the UTIs, it seems
I have osteoarthritis, and all this Sjogren's. ANY infection feels like the worst flu I've ever had.
I do NOT get burning on urination with a UTI, but I get a back ache and abdominal pain, pain in every joint, headache, total absolute misery.
I ALSO have Interstitial Cystitis, which means my Auto Immune condition is attacking my bladder, inflaming the lining of my bladder, which is why I get UTI's so easily
OH, and if you have IC, you do NOT drink cranberry juice, you do NOT eat any citrus or spicy things. If you follow the IC diet.
I don't pay any attention to it myself, because my IC only makes me have UTI's and I don't get the terrible burning and frequent urination that so many get. So the diet doesn't make much difference to me.
Anyway, I can get a sick as a DOG from a UTI,, or any infection. I had a strep infection in a cyst on my back (yeah, who knew that COULD even happen), and I thought I was going to die. When it was lanced and I started on the antibiotic I could FEEL the infection literally LEAVING my legs and arms, slowly, over a few hours. It was like a miracle.
I have also had a severe, almost life threatening kidney infection, and by the time it was caught I had e coli in my BLOOD. So never fool around with an infection or serious feelings of illness.
Get yourself attention. Take care of yourself.