Re: Ladies--any connection between IBS and UTIs?
I'm a female Gulf War vet. I had explosive diarrhea for 7-1/2 years, intermittently with UTI and upper respiratory infections.
To make a long story short: visit a gastrointerologist to complain about Giardia, a waterborne parasite that afflicts the sickly, or the folks who have taken antibiotics previously. The treatment for such is Metronidazole taken for 7 days. That's pronounced Met-ro-NI-duh-zol. You cannot drink alcoholic beverages with it because you will pass out from liver over-function. And, the doctors won't tell you as much, but you should avoid all sugar because it may cause you to throw up, and ultimately grow vaginal yeast infections.
When you get rid of the Giardia, the rest of your problems will resolve themselves. If you go to an internist, GP, or OB-GYN, you will get zero results. Trust me on this one!
Love you all,