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Old 02-27-2012, 02:12 AM   #1
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Frequent UTI symptoms - almost 2 years now.

Hello!

For the past 2 years I have been experiencing UTI symptoms in different ways. In the beginning, it was infrequent - about two or three times a week which would then dissapear for a month or two - and then became very frequent, until now I am only experiencing it once or twice a month.

My symptoms involve a frequent urge to pee and when I do go to the bathroom, it's a slight burning sensation and not much urine comes out. I feel like there is a lot of pressure in my bladder and a very irritating feeling around the entrance of my urethra. After urinating the feeling subsides and I feel a lot better. This only last for a few minutes though and I feel the urge to pee all over again. If I drink a lot of water and flush my system out, it usually goes away after a while.

At one stage it got so painful that I felt dizzy, sweaty and sick. I have seen a doctor about these problems and at first he didn't detect any bacteria in my urine. On a second test he did and treated me with anitbiotics. It seemed to fix the problem, but then the symptoms returned a month later. I went on antibiotics again, and the symptoms dissapeared for about 5 months. Now, they are back but not as bad.

All of this has been over the course of 2 years.

I'm considering just booking an appointment with a urine specialist (urologist? gyno?) and getting some real tests done as I'm worried about the damage this may have caused to my kidneys.

Has anyone experience symptoms of this prolonged nature and what did you do about it?

 
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:54 AM   #2
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Re: Frequent UTI symptoms - almost 2 years now.

Hi Kate

I would pursue your suggestion to see a specialist as they can really reassure whether anything is wrong. But as someone who frequently used to get urine infections the following really helped me and I haven't had one in years. Hopefully this might help you too:

Sugary drinks are awful for encouraging bacteria or yeast overgrowth
Try drinking lemon barley - there's lots of anecdotal evidence that this helps
Generally try to drink lots of water even if you don't have an infection
Cranberries! The juice can be very sugary so try cranberry capsules! Have a couple a day and you're likely to keep UTIs at bay.
Avoid anything wih perfume in that area including scented bubble baths
Goes without saying good personal hygiene
Avoid tight fitting trousers and tights that encourage you to sweat in that area
If you drink alcohol also drink a lot I water. I've had UTI infections after an evening out drinking a lot of wine

That's all I can think of for now but doing all these things when I'm well has really kept these things at bay. I used to get loads of the things so hope hope this helps you too.

Take care!
Xx

 
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