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Old 01-29-2003, 04:58 AM   #1
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Question urinary tract infect constantly

hi, hoping someone can help me. here is my story - i am 27yrs old, had a reimplantation of the ureta when i was 4yrs old from reflux but since then i have spent just about my entire life on several different types of antibiotics for chronic uti's and sometimes it may take 5 or 6 courses of antibiotics just to clear up one infection and then within about a week or so, its back again. lately i still get uti's but also at other times when i am positive that i have an infection the doctor tells me that i dont. i have had several tests done and doctors still cannot understand why i am getting these infections and at times i have incontinence which is extremely embarressing. one of my specialists a few yrs ago even had the nerve to say that i must not be taking my antibiotics because there is no other reason i should be getting all these infections. i really do want to get to the bottom of this because i have suffered this problem my entire life and enough is enough, i have to get some answers. please if you think you can offer any advise or information that may be of any help, i would really appreciate it. thankyou!

 
Old 01-30-2003, 10:31 AM   #2
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I am very sorry to hear about your problems. I am not overly familar with the surgery you had, but I know for a fact that taking so much antibiotics throughout your lifetime can actually cause great problems. The antibiotics do not just kill the bad bacteria, they actually kill the good ones too, in your digestive tract especially, leading to all kinds of bowel problems and fatigue, constipation, etc. Also, I am surprised that no doctor has told you that taking too much of an antibiotic can make the infections immune to the antibiotic, as the infection develops new strains. This is just common knowledge that anyone with a computer can find out, much less a doctor who should know this. I suggest finding a new urologist if possible and starting from scratch explaining your history. I just did the same.

 
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Old 03-09-2003, 03:02 PM   #3
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I'm a paraplegic of 20 yrs that also suffers from chronic UTI's. The best solution I've found to slow down the frequency of using antibiotics is #1. Take cranberry capsules & a teaspoon sugar called D-mannose daily. They both make the urinary track slippery so the germs don't attach as easily which aids in stopping infection. #2. keep urine acidic by taking Vit C. 500mg's twice a day #3.drink plenty of water!!
Whenever on antibiotics always take supplement friendly bacteria called (acidiphilous)to help your stomach through the treatment.
Good Luck!...it certainly helps me!

 
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I'm a paraplegic of 20 yrs that also suffers from chronic UTI's. The best solution I've found to slow down the frequency of using antibiotics is #1. Take cranberry capsules & a teaspoon sugar called D-mannose daily. They both make the urinary track slippery so the germs don't attach as easily which aids in stopping infection. #2. keep urine acidic by taking Vit C. 500mg's twice a day #3.drink plenty of water!!
Whenever on antibiotics always take supplement friendly bacteria called (acidiphilous)to help your stomach through the treatment.
Good Luck!...it certainly helps me!
Hi: Bandit:

I suffer from the same thing. I will try the cranberry capsules and sugar. I already take plenty of vitamin c and acidopholous.
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This may be more info than anyone wants to hear or everyone may know it already....Never wipe from back to front. I did not know this and suffered constant bladder infections until someone told me! I haven't had one since.

 
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I also take Cranberry capsules every day and find for me that it relieves some of the "soreness" or "burning" that you can get.
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Old 03-31-2003, 07:17 AM   #7
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Hi,
I know exactly how you feel. I have had recurrent UTI's for over 25 years! I have been on a daily low dose antibiotic treatment for many years now. I recently stopped that on my own, because I was still getting UTI's every few months, and I know how antibiotics can reek havoc on your immune system. I now take the acidophilous with antibiotics when I have an infection and also for a period of time when I finish the course of antibiotics. This restores the natural good bacteria in your system. I also have gone to the doctor swearing that I had a full-blown UTI, only to have my doctor tell me the lab cultures were negative. I have read somewhere that many patients are having these same results. Apparently, certain new strains of bacteria are not showing up on the lab cultures. They are present, but not detectable by regular testing. If your condition and symptoms worsen, go see your doctor again to be retested. The advice that some of the members on this board gave you is correct. Cranberry juice seems to help. Take it daily. I take a high potency tablet called Cran Max every day. Drink lots of water, especially when you are feeling symptoms,and don't ever hold your urine. I tend to do this and it is bad, bad, bad! This is the worst thing that you can do. Bacteria starts to form in the urinary tract when you do this. When you have to go- go! Always wipe from front to back. Good hygiene is critical. Don't use soap when cleansing the area. It is an irritant. Use plain water. Don't take bubble baths- another irritant. Wear white cotton underwear. Some people will almost always get UTI's after intercourse. I am one of those- lucky me! Try to void before and right after sex. My doctor told me to drink 2 glasses of water afterwards to help flush the system. It seems to help. A nurse I met recently when at the hospital for testing told me she also has had UTI's for years. She said lubrication during sex has helped her tremendously. I guess we will try anything that will help us with this debilitating condition. I don't know what else we can do. We can just keep trying new things to help us along. There is no cure for this problem. Unfortunately, some of us are just prone to this condition. I did recently hear that they are working on a vaccine for this problem. Wouldn't that be great! Let's hope we are onto something good here. Good luck to you all.
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Old 04-02-2003, 06:04 AM   #8
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I used to get UTI's all the time too. I also would go to the doctor because I swor I had one and he would say that I did'nt. I finally had a tone of tests, visits to the ER and finally sent to a urologist. I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystis 2 years later.

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Old 05-31-2003, 09:46 AM   #9
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Just wanted to let everyone know that if you take the Rx- Phenazopyridine for your UTI, you can actually buy the exact same thing OTC, called:

AZO, Standard Urinary Pain Relief Tablets
(there are other brands also, just do a search online for Phenazopyridine).

I get UTI maybe 1 - 2 times a year... so I know how painful it is to have to wait for an appt. to see the doctor, get the urine test, and then wait again for the pharmacy to dispense the Rx. Just make sure you follow the directions on the box, and call your doc. if it persists for more than 2-3 days!

 
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Hi banditbrat - How many capsules do you take a day? I take 3 as that's what the label says to take, one when I get up, one at dinner, and one at bedtime. I've read about the d-mannose but thought that was something to use if you didn't take the capsules, like either one or the other. Is it safe to use both?

 
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large doses of vitamin C are said to help stop bladder infections
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