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Old 02-07-2004, 08:13 AM   #1
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Did I have a complicated or uncomplicated infection?

I put my questions in Capital letters so it's easier to read or see what I am asking. I'm not yelling. Sorry this is long but may help to answer if this was either a complicated or uncomplicated infection.

A few weeks ago I had symptoms of a UTI but this time with a low- grade fever (ear thermometer) however it was normal in the office by (oral thermometer) when I saw my urologist on a Thursday. He asked me if I could wait till after the weekend (4 days later) to get the results or offered me macrobid. I told him I had some macrobid at home but forgot to remind him again that macrobid makes me very sick to the point that I can't eat or drink very much while taking it. I'm basically so sick that I stay in bed or live on phenerghan. He did not offer me any other antibiotic. Maybe I should have asked for something else? I told him I would see if I could wait till the results came back before trying macrobid if I got worse. Unfortunately I got worse and as that same day went on, I had chills, sweats, felt very sick, and had some back pain. My spouse told me that if I started taking the macrobid I would have to take it for the full 7 days as I haven't taken it in the past that long because it made me sick. I decided to call the urologist office to tell them that I was getting worse, couldn't take macrobid because it made me sick, and surely couldn't wait till next week for the results.

7 tablets of Cipro XR 500mg QD was called in and I took one tablet per day till it was gone. By that same night,I was passing blood even after an hour of taking my first dose of Cipro XR 500mg. After I took some pain meds I had for something else and some additional urimax. I took the urimax before the scheduled time because I was in sooo much pain. I finally got to sleep late that night.

The next week when I called for the results the dr. said the culture came back positive and I mentioned that I passed blood in the evening of the same day I saw him. He asked me if I had 7 days worth of Cipro and if the bleeding stopped to which it did. I had 2 more days left of Cipro and I did go in for a follow up but never asked what type of UTI this was. This was the 4th UTI in six months, but the 3rd one in three months. I have a history of urethra stenosis that has been dilated twice within the last two year and the last dilation was a few months ago. I did have a kidney ultrasound during that follow up after the infection that came back normal.


I also noticed somewhere that the normal dose taken for uncomplicated UTI's is Cipro 250-500mg for 3 days or for complicated UTI's is Cipro 1000XR 7 days. I took Cipro XR 500 for 7 days. Somewhere else said, for complicated UTI's the dose is Cipro 500 (not XR) is every 12 hours for 7-14 days.... CAN THAT DOSE DETERMINE IF I HAD A COMPLICATED OR UNCOMPLICATED UTI? I'M NOT SURE WHY I TOOK CIPRO 500 XR FOR 7 DAYS RATHER THAN 3 DAYS. I suspect I was close to being septic but not sure because my kidney ultrasound came back o.k.

I don't go back to see the urologist again unless I have any more problems. I want to know what if I should tell my gyn if it was either a complicated or uncomplicated UTI when I go in for my yearly visit. Thanks for any responses.

Last edited by j_f_2003; 02-07-2004 at 05:33 PM. Reason: wanted to make title smaller to say complicated or uncomplicated infection.

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