Re: foul/sulphur smelling urine 4 years
I can't diagnose of course, but from what I can gather, sounds like you might have a UTI. When I had a UTI last year, my urine smelled foul, sulfur-like. I also had stinging upon urination.
Some UTIs can be chronic because sometimes, not all of the bacteria is eliminated during treatment because some of it can hide out in the bladder, among other places (also, if the full course of the prescribed antibiotics was not finished, you could have developed resistance to the treatment and some of the bacteria might have survived)
Also, if you had previous UTIs, generally you are at a higher risk of getting another UTI sometime in the future.
In addition, it's easy for women to get UTIs because 1) during sexual intercourse the friction of the penis against woman's genitalia can transer bacteria that's part of normal vaginal flora into the urethra, where it can cause UTI 2) if you wipe back to front after going to the bathroom, you can introduce bacteria from rectal area and vaginal area to the urethra too 3) vaginal secretions, esecially if you have a yeast infection or the like, if they reach the urethra (say during wiping or if there's a fair amount of secretions on the panties) can also cause UTI.
I would recommend going in for a simple urine test (it doesn't have to be a complete urianalysis) to check if there's bacteria in your urine. It shouldn't take long (mine took less than 15 minutes). If you don't have health insurance try and see if there's a free public clinic in your area that can do this test. Also if you are a student, the student health center should offer this service too. Hospitals sometimes have financial assistance plans available (I would try a Catholic hospital first. They seem to be more sympathetic than state/university hospitals in these situations).
There are many different antibiotics that can be prescribed for UTIs. If the doctor writes you a script for some expensive brand medication, you can ask to substitute with generic. The usual therapy course is only 3 days.
It worries me that you had this problem for so long. If it is indeed a UTI, the infection can not only spread to your bladder but also to your kidneys where it can cause pyelonephritis.
Let me know what have you decided.
Hopefully this was helpful.