Anyone who’s had a urinary tract infection knows that not being able to pee without pain is a nightmare. There are many stages of realizing you have a UTI and attempting to cure it, and I think we can all agree that it remains one of the suckiest human experiences of all time.

1. I definitely have to pee.

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I wouldn’t call it an emergency. Yet.

2. ... but why does it burn when I pee?

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Hopefully, this is just a terrible one-off.

3. Now I reallllly have to pee.

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Again? So soon?

4. I’m not leaving this toilet ever again.

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This is my home now.

5. So. much. pain.

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This came on so suddenly.

6. I can barely walk.

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Every step hurts.

7. Why is this happening to me?

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I’m sorry for everything I’ve ever done.

8. I guess it’s time to pee in a cup.

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Why is my urine so cloudy?

9. Is that… blood?!

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Oh, hell no!

10. Make it stop.

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I’m running out of toilet paper over here.

11. Give me all the cranberry juice in the world!

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If it’s good enough for Leo’s fictional girlfriend, it’s good enough for me.

12. Maybe I can flush this thing out with water?

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"Out, damned spot! Out, I say!"

13. Don’t come near me.

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Don’t talk to me. Don’t even look at me.

14. I think I might be dying. I'm probably dying.

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Between the bladder pain and my woozy head, I may not have much longer left.

15. Why do I still need to pee so bad?

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And how do I have any pee left?

16. OK, I need a doctor.

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Send someone urgently.

17. Medicate me!

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I can’t fight this by myself. It’s time.

18. It feels as though nothing is working.

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:( :( :(

19. What is that weird, stringy thing in my pee?

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That is legitimately disgusting.

20. I give up.

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Just as quickly as it started... a few days of antibiotics later, and I can almost pee without extreme pain!

22. I can control my bladder once more.

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Is this what happiness feels like?

23. It’s time to celebrate!

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My urethra doesn’t burn when I pee. This is truly a glorious day.

24. It’s time to make some bad decisions!

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But hopefully not so bad that I pee blood ever again.

Amy Mackelden is currently developing a show called MS Is My Boyfriend, about what multiple sclerosis is really like. Follow her on Twitter @AmyMackelden.

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