I have a question. I had my first bladder infection diagnosed a few weeks ago. The doc put me on bactrim DS for 4 days, and then after 10 days I had to go back for a recheck. Well, I went for my recheck (which was a week from this past monday), and they said it looked "suspicious", but didn't put me on anything. So, I have been having a constant need to urinate again the past several days (which was pretty much my only symptom). I went back into the doctors today, and they said I STILL have a bladder infection. The thing is, they put me on bactrim DS agian for 3 days. If it didn't work the first time, why would they prescribe it again? Is that normal, or should I get a second opinion?
This is a just a thought to ponder: I would ask the doctor to test your urine for the specific bacteria, then treat the infection based on the lab result. Several years ago, I was having bladder infection after bladder infection because of another chronic condition I have called fibromyalgia. The doctor would give me the standard bactrim for the infection, which they usually believe to be e.coli. But sometimes, another bacteria gets involved that the e.coli bacteria prescription won't even touch.
Kritee is right on the money! I have been treated for bladder infections with antibiotics that did very little to relieve the symptoms. Urine tests will indentify the bacteria causing the problem and will be treated accordingly. When doctors assume the most common bacteria and treat it and it turns out to be another type that won't respond to the prescribed antibiotic, they are sentencing you to several more days of discomfort. I have had a cystoscopy as an outpatient to see what might be causing the reoccuring infections including a bladder flush with antibiotics. All test have been normal. So far so good. Good luck!
Thanks for the replies/suggestions. The second time I was in (for my recheck), they said that they never "cultured" my labs (the nurse was confused why they wouldn't have done that). I'm not sure if this is what is meant by testing for specific bacteria? I know they DID do a culture this last time I went, so if this round of meds doesn't work, maybe they can figure something out. I just finished my last dose of SeptraDS last night, and I feel most of the way better. Last time the symptoms went away for a week and then came back, so hopefully the septra did the trick this time.