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Last evening, quite suddenly my 86 year old father developed a spell of severe shivering and felt very cold to the touch. This lasted for about an hour and a half. He also has a fever of 101.1 . I tried to get him to go to the emergency room but he resisted. I was ready to call an ambulance because he was weak in the legs and I (daughter) am not strong enough to try and help him walk to my car. He begged me to wait a little while to see if it got any better.

During this time he was talking gibberish, not making any sense (except to say he wouldn't go to the hospital !?). I gave him tylenol and his fever came down. He seemed to be improving. I know I should have taken him to the hospital, but by morning his temperature was normal and he was speaking coherently. I'm thinking he could have a unrinary tract infection. Today he says he feels kind of weak, but he won't go to the dr. Could a urinary tract infection be present without pain or burning sensation?

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Sorry for my previous post, my 2 years old took over keyboard before I could write my comment. Few years ago I stumble on this topic and I am back again. My mother suffered from UTI for few months. She was prescribed two different types of antibiotics with no luck. She was ridding book of Dr Gifford Jones "90 + How I Got There " and doctor Jones was talking in that book about UTI E-Drops as the best natural solution for urinary tract infections. You can buy them in Canada in health food stores but we had to order it online. She was very happy with results. Burning sensation was gone next day and infection was cleared completely after 10 or so days. I hope this will help to others too.
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Agree with above. I've seen seniors not notice until it was severe -- usually they just feel lethargic and "out of sorts" (they don't always get normal symptoms like we do when we are younger -- frequent urge, smell, blood, burning). Go to the doctor and insist on urine analysis -- this could back up into kidneys and lead to septicemia which could land him in the hospital. Good luck and let us know how this turns out
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Hello. It is possible to have urinary tract infections without burning sensation or pain, but with other symptoms that you described and with fiver, not likely it is uti. If it is uti with fiver, number of bacteria in urine would be so big that burning sensation would be present. Only urine analyses will show real picture.
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Yes, uti's can present without any symptoms. My poor sweet mom had uti's all the time without fever or symptoms. Sometimes this would go unnoticed resulting in a very large kidney stone to develop over the years. My momma had to have a kidney removed back in June because the kidney was abcessed. Like kara24 said, take a sample to the doctor even if your dad won't go, that can help rule out a uti. My mom was septic by the time we realized what was going on with her. Don't take any chances.
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It could be a UTI, I would follow up with his doctor. Might he go to the doctor's office? Alternately request a urine analysis, go to he lab and obtain the container. Collect the sample at home and return it to the lab, enabling him to remain home. I have done this for my Mother. Good Luck!
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Hello Thymeout,

Sorry to hear about your father's condition. Urinary tract infections in seniors can be tricky and the symptoms can be very different for the elderly.

You'll probably hear from other caregivers who've been in similar situations, but in the meantime, here are a few articles about urinary tract infections that you might find informative:

Urinary Tract Infections in the Elderly
https://www.agingcare.com/articles/Elderly-urinary-tract-infections-146026.htm

UTIs Cause Behavioral, Not Physical Symptoms in Elders
https://www.agingcare.com/articles/urinary-tract-infection-symptoms-151547.htm

Sepsis: The Common Cause of Death You've Never Heard Of
https://www.agingcare.com/articles/sepsis-deadly-disorder-never-hear-of-153239.htm

Best,
Anne-Marie, AgingCare.com
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