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Old 11-26-2003, 09:27 AM   #1
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Question are dried cranberries also good for UTI's?

i've been eating a ton of them and they r high in sugar so i just wanted to make sure it's worth it. people drink cranberry juice for it but i dont know about dried ones.. plz let me know
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Old 11-27-2003, 12:40 PM   #2
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Re: are dried cranberries also good for UTI's?

they should help, about 2 grams daily of vitamin C is also said to help

 
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Old 12-06-2003, 08:36 PM   #3
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Re: are dried cranberries also good for UTI's?

You are talking about taking this to prevent UTI's correct? If you have an active UTI you need antibiotics to kill the bacteria. If you are trying to prevent them I hope it works for you. I was put on prophylactic antibiotics to take after intercourse to prevent my UTI's which normally happen after sex. If you have a problem maybe your dr. can recommend something.

 
Old 12-06-2003, 09:12 PM   #4
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j f -
Just curious how long you've been on prophylactic antibiotics for after sex. I've been on them for over a year and am getting a bit worried. About 4 months ago I tried not taking them after sex and of course immediately got a UTI. I've tried everything else - I'm not sure what to do, just don't want to take antibiotics for life!

 
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j f -
Just curious how long you've been on prophylactic antibiotics for after sex. I've been on them for over a year and am getting a bit worried. About 4 months ago I tried not taking them after sex and of course immediately got a UTI. I've tried everything else - I'm not sure what to do, just don't want to take antibiotics for life!
He put me on a six month prophylactic dose of antibiotic (amoxicillin 250 mg) for after intercourse and told me if I had any more UTI's while on the antibiotic or after I stopped the antibiotic I was to go back to see him for another evaulation.

Did you see your urologist after you got the UTI after four months? What kind of evaluation did he do for you after you stopped the antibiotics? Did he say you had take the antibiotics for life? I'm wondering since you said that. I do hope I don't have to take them for life. I usually get anywhere from 3-4 a year and it's usually after sex.

To help prevent UTI's, I was told to also empty my bladder after sex and drink lots of water. I take a shower both before and after and sometimes I still manage to get UTI's anyway. I hope this six month course will help me. I had a cystoscopy with dilation for stenosis (narrowing of the urethra). I thought the UTI's were related to it. I know if the bladder is not emptying completely it can put us at risk for more infections. Stenosis can cause incomplete bladder emptying. I wonder if there is anything different that is usually done for evaluating UTI's.

 
Old 12-07-2003, 04:26 PM   #6
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I tend to run alot of UTI's and have been taking a product called D-Mannose. It is a simple sugar and not an antibiotic, so it is safe for everyday use. It binds with the infectious bacteria, keeps them from adhering from the bladder walls, and then allows you to urinate them out. I find it works very well and have saved me lots of money, time, side effects from antibiotics, and pain.

 
Old 12-08-2003, 07:55 AM   #7
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j f-

The urologist I went to was awful; I'm never going back to him again. I also don't have good health insurance and my primary care physician is so much better than my urologist, I'm just sticking with her. I'm not planning on antiobiotics for life; I'm trying to get pregnant and my doctor told me that often after pregnancy many women who had frequent UTI's quit having the problem (due to hormonal changes).
I was actually on antibiotics for about 8-9 months when I decided to try to ween myself off them (and immediately got a UTI). I'm on macrobid now, which I prefer to the trimethoprim I was on before.
I also urinate after sex, drink lots of water & clean before and after sex (and make sure my husband is clean before sex, which is not so great for inducing a romantic mood!) The urologist did test that my bladder was emptying completely, and it is.
Rage of Angels - I'm considering trying the D-Mannose. I'm just terrified of going off my antibiotics again and getting yet another UTI. I can't get decent insurance until I've been UTI-free for at least a year. Isn't that great?

 
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Hmm, what is up with the stipulation that you cannot get insurance coverage until you have been UTI free for a year? Is that something that your insurance company requires? Do they periodically check you? That sounds so draconian.

 
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I don't know if has anything to do with Michigan laws, but I'd been trying to get insurance and every company I applied to won't insure me due to frequent UTI's in the past (more than 4 in a year, I believe). The only way they will eventually insure me is if I remain UTI-free for 1 year. I was able to get insurance with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as they are a nonprofit company who will insure anyone. However, my UTI's are a pre-exisiting condition that they won't cover for a year and the insurance is not very good. I have a huge deductible and they refuse to even apply the deductible to many things that don't even relate to my UTI's. My husband has had the same problem due to a different health issue, and he will never be able to get insurance. I can't believe how ridiculous it is; these companies charge outrageous amounts of money to insure only healthy people who are not at risk for any health problems. Okay, that's my little rant for the day (sorry)!

 
Old 12-08-2003, 03:53 PM   #10
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Oh, and if I do remain UTI-free for a year and am able to get insurance with a decent company, they still won't cover anything related to my UTI's for yet another year!

 
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Oh, and if I do remain UTI-free for a year and am able to get insurance with a decent company, they still won't cover anything related to my UTI's for yet another year!
You need to find out the current laws on preexisting conditions. Ever since Clinton signed a law many more people can get health care related to a preexisting condition. I think if you do not see a dr. for a year for this condition, you should be covered after that but I'm not sure.

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Old 12-09-2003, 09:03 AM   #12
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I've checked into this recently. Like I said, I don't know if it's some weird Michigan thing or what (I was eligible for COBRA, but couldn't afford it, which might have something to do with it).

 
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I've checked into this recently. Like I said, I don't know if it's some weird Michigan thing or what (I was eligible for COBRA, but couldn't afford it, which might have something to do with it).
I had to actually brought up this issue of the preexisting condition act with my dr's office and they told me it was actually true and I should contact my insurance company. I did and they finally said they would pay for the visits. If I hadn't spoken up they could have continued to not covering me. It's worth mentioning this act with your insurance company or dr's office. Some people that work for insurance companies aren't real bright and may not be aware of new laws. Good luck.

 
Old 12-09-2003, 09:24 AM   #14
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I just thought of something....If you can do this, why don't you pay out of pocket if you do get an infection. You go to a dr. who doesn't know you and don't give them any insurance information. Walk in clinics can do this and you can usually have it billed to your credit card. That way it won't be billed to your insurance and you can still get treated for a current infection. After the 12 months are up you can go back to a urologist that takes your insurance. Just a thought.

 
Old 12-09-2003, 01:56 PM   #15
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j f-
Thanks for the ideas. I'll definitely bring the preexisting condition thing up when I'm able to get decent insurance (no one except BCBS will even insure me at this point).
I've considered doing the walk-in clinic thing. I've had bad luck with those places and I love my doctor, so I've been reluctantly considering that. It's truly sad the measures we have to resort to.
Thanks again for your input!

 
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