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Persistent UTI that's making me paranoid

Hi everyone.

This is probably way too much personal information, but 2 weeks ago (Aug. 30th) I was diagnosed with my first ever Urinary Tract Infection, at the age of 25. The doctor gave me a 3 day prescription, which seemed to work - until the day after I stopped taking it. I went back, and was given a 7 day prescription of a different drug, which didn't work, and which caused some major side effects. On Friday (Sept. 11th) I went to the doctor again, and was given a 3rd drug, on another 7 day prescription. I have now been on this third drug for 3 days, and there's no relief - infact, I think my symptoms are getting worse.

 

I am really freaking out. I am scared to death, that this infection is completely unresponsive to oral treatments and that I'm going to be hospitalized over this, or even worse. I'm 1500km away from my family (at university) I live on my own, so even thought I'm in a lot of pain, I still need to get on public transit (which hurts things even more)  and do my errands. I was keeping things upbeat, but that last two days, I've gotten really depressed over it.

 

Even if this was my second, or third UTI, I would probably feel better. But since this is my first time going through this, and it's been so hard, and I don't know what's going to happen next I am just so completely scared.

 

What if it doesn't go away? What's is going to happen to me?

 

This is a very personal rant which is highly unlike me. But I felt the need to reach out to a community of somekind for support.

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when i was about your age, the same thing happened to me.  i kept dragging my butt to the doctor's office, prescription after prescription, until finally he gave me a huge bottle of pills and told me to just keep taking them.  the infections still continued.

 

continue with the meds, but might i suggest cranberry juice.  not the cocktail stuff, but real cranberry juice.  it's about $8-$10 bottle, but was worth every penny, for me anyway.  it isn't going to taste good, but it was the only thing that worked for me.  after that, as soon as i had even a remote feeling that another infection was going to occur, i would make it a part of my diet for 3 days and touch wood, i have never had another uti since and i'm now 32.

 

as well, if you are sexually active, i would suggest urinating after intercourse, everytime.

 

be persistent in looking for homeopathic options until you find something that works.  if you are in the mississauga area i can recommend an awesome pharmacy who often have a homeopathic doctor on site.

 

like i said, continue with the meds and should your symptoms get worse take your butt to emerg right away.  you don't want it to spread to your kidneys, so pay special attention to pain and fever.

 

i know how frustrating and scary and above all, painful, it is.  i've been there.  please keep me posted.

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Thank you so much for the support. It's good to hear from someone who had similar difficulties and came out of it ok. I've been drinking the cranberry cocktail stuff, so I think you're right - I will try to get the real stuff.

 

Do you remember how long your bad infection lasted?

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Oh ouch MG - that sounds really uncomfortable.  I trust your doc has confirmed it's a bacterial infection, not yeast overgrowth or any such thing.

 

I second the cranberry juice idea - & avoid stuff that irritates bladders - like alcohol, citrus juice, caffiene.  Drink lots and pee lots - flushes out the system.  If you're drinking tons of liquids, maybe have a small bottle of Gatorade every day too, to make sure you're not washing out all your electrolytes.

 

Sometimes UTIs can be a bit chronic - some people continue on lower dose of antibiotics for quite a while.  Also, with the antibiotics - you might want to up your yogurt intake to provide your intestinal system with 'good bugs'.   It will go away!   

 

How's the start of school going - should we call you madame professor? 

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Cranberry juice, just like MFC said. My wife is a doula, and UTI are so very common in pregnant women, who also cannot take a lot of drugs. Even the doctors, who are traditionally lothe to use herbals, are prescribing it.

 

You can take it along with the prescriptions, and just keep drinking it after as well.

 

If you happen to be lucky enough to live on Vancouver Island like I do, the local Arbutus tree works too. Just steep a few young leaves in water and drink hot. I drink arbutus tea myself, just because I like it.

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There is a product called acidophilus that you can get at the pharmacy over the counter - but just check to make sure it doesn't interfere with anything else that you're taking and that it's OK for you.  It has a much higher count of the kind of good stuff found in yogurt (in capsules) to keep your digestive system healthy.  My pharmacist recommended it to me.  Once opened it has to be refrigerated all of the time or it becomes ineffective. 

 

I get frequent UTIs and taking the acidophilus while taking the antibiotics also helps to prevent yeast (which sometimes happens if you are on antibiotics for a long time - varies a lot from person to person).  Decreasing sugar intake also helps prevent yeast when on antibiotics.

 

Just one to keep in mind if you're on antibiotics for a while.  And sorry you're feeling so rough.  Hope you're feeling better soon.

 

TL

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Good god it's just a UTI everyone gets them

Not to be the devil's advocate but did you tell the doctor everything or did you omit symptoms ?

I'm thinking an STD but you never know ... cranberry juice is good for a few things but I suggest to check into a clinic

Infection could be toxic ... infection with fever could be life threatening .....

Normally Monostat works but if you have any kind of discharge it might be too late for that .....

You really need to handle things better you're supposed to be a university student and an adult

Go to another doctor or clinic take the names of the drugs with you .... and don't omit anything no matter how insignificant it might seem ..

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Thanks everyone,

I'm having a hard time finding the real cranberry juice - especially on campus. Would shopper's drug mart have the cranberry capsules? I can't eat yogurt because my body doesn't respond well to dairy products (I'm not lactose intolerant OR allergic, it's something different). Does soy yogurt have probiotics?

 

The infection has been confirmed by 3 urinalyses (each a week apart) and through 1 urine culture test.

 

Jesouhaite, I'm not quit sure what you're getting at. Pretty sure monostat is for yeast infections, not bacterial ones. I appreciate you trying to criticize me out of feeling bad. For the  first week or so, it wasn't a big deal. I took the pills. I knew everyone got UTI's and it would go away. But when I started being unresponsive to the various medications, I started to worry. This is the most chronic condition I've ever had in my life, and I am seriously in a lot of pain.

 

I'm not sure how you think university students "handle" things, but somehow I think your perception of a model university student is somewhat skewed. As someone who has been a university student for 8 years and will likely spend the rest of my life university environment, I can tell you that analytic, rational and critical thinking are NOT mutually exclusive to cognitive distortions, anxiety, and poor emotional regulation.

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Modern Girl good luck. You might find the cranberry juice at your local health food store. If Shoppers has it, it will be in the section they have of "natural" products. Our section is in the back corner of the store.

 

I was struck by how short a time you were on antibiotics. I am not a doctor. It is my understanding that you have to take antibiotics for ten days or so and just clobber the bugs that causing the infection. I know that there are newer drugs out there, but....... Make sure you talk to your doctor again. I understand there are different bacteria that cause UTIs. Did your doctor arrange a culture to ensure you were getting the right drug for the bug?

 

I know of a woman here who has had chronic UTIs after her pregnancy. She was getting some accupuncture and that helped her a lot.

 

Oh, and anyone who says "it is just a UTI for heavens sake" has not had one.

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I thought it was really short too. The first prescription seemed to have worked - the symptoms went away after the first day, and I felt fine. But it was only a 3 day prescription, and on day 4 I felt rotton again. If that had have been a 7-10 day prescription, I don't think I'd be in this mess. By the time I got to a doctor, it was day 5, and the doctor was concerned that even though Drug #1 was working, the bacteria might have grown immune to it over the lapsed time. So then it was Drug #2, which I swear didn't do a think besides turn me yellow and make me have a throbbing headache.

 

So, it's Day 4 on Drug #3. Things are less painful than yesterday, but still painful. This is a 7 day prescription, so I really doubt I'll be painfree, let a lone bacteria free by Day 7. So, on Day 6 I'm going back to the doctor and asking for more.

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If you are having that much pain MG, there are drugs that help relieve the pain of uti's. Maybe you could ask your doctor about some pain control.

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if shopper's doesn't have it, google a health food store in your area. i would imagine any large grocery store would carry the real stuff.  i know loblaws does.

 

you can actually buy probiotics and add them to anything.  it comes in a powder form.

 

i also agree with northwind.  anyone who hasn't had a uti, let alone a persistent one for that matter, has never actually "pissed fire" and all the internal havoc that can cause to the rest of the body. 

 

and not all antibiotics work for everyone.  that's a well known fact. i do remember short term prescriptions, so i don't think that's uncommon.  a doctor will always prescribe the most commonly used antibiotic before he moves onto the next.  in the case of a uti, like any infection, it's not a fun wait and see if the next one works process.  get yourself the juice :)

 

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You can get the cranberry juice in mosts health food store. Funny enough, my No Frills sometimes carries it, but it's still expensive, at least $8 a bottle. Worth it. Stay on it. Have a small glass every day as a preventive treatment even after this is cleared up. Try and avoid overuse of antibiotics - that's one of the things getting us in a mess, medically. Switch to plain cotton underwear. Goat yogurt smells terrible, but if you can over that (a couple of tablespoons of jam and a clothespin on your nose helps), it gives you good bacteria without the cow's milk proteins.

 

I think you're being very responsible, reaching out for advice. Dumb/normal university students (like I was), hold everything in, then break out in a million medium-sized crises at once.

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I'm allowed to take ibprofen with the antibiotics. I was taking 2 extra strength pills every 4 hours while I was on Drug #2, because of the crazy headache it was giving me. Since I took ibprofen so regualrly then, I wanted to try and cut back as much as I could once the headache stopped. So I'm only taking 1 extra strength pill when the pain gets so bad I can concentrate. That typically has been 1 to 2 times a day.

 

I think I might play hookie this afternoon in search for some probiotics and cranberry pills/juice and maybe a chat with someone in a natural pharmacy. Thanks so much everyone.

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Ooooh, Modern Girl. I can relate somewhat. I know how painful UTIs can be. I seem to be fairly prone to them - getting them 2 to 3 times a year. I have been lucky though and they seem to clear up fairly quickly. I'd agree with the people who said that 3 days of antibiotics seems awfully short. I've always been on stuff for 7-10 days.

 

Sounds like the pain is a real issue for you. Ask you doc for a prescription for Pyridine. It turns your pee funky psychedelic orange, but it really really works!

 

 

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Drug #2 was Macrobid. The pharmacist said it would turn my pee psychedelic orange. I didn't know, but it did turn me a jaudice like yellow. So, I hope you don't mind if I pass on that one :)

 

I went to a natural health store today, and picked up some concentrated cranberry capsules, and some rice-based probiotics. I think I can feel the difference the cranberries supplements are making already. Typically, evening are the worst, and today it's not so bad.

 

*crosses my fingers*

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Hi Modern girl,

 

You are right to be concerned about your health and UTI's can have long term effects on women so it isn't to be ignored.

 

I wonder what kind of doc you have seen.  Were you at a clinic and did you see different ones each time?  Did you discuss the pain?

 

The original antibiotic was most likely one of a new generation of drugs which are intended for a sharp, fast, high dose, slap at the bug.  That is why it wasn't for the traditional 2 weeks.

 

It is possible that when it attacked the original bacteria, if in fact you had a bacterial infection ( did they do a swab?) that it not only killed that bug but all your good bacteria.  You may infact have a second UTI, or a reinfection of some sort.

 

I think you need a recheck.  Be very specific with the dates, doses, times of all your meds and all your sexual encounters.  Take in a urine sample.  They will want another one but it can help for them to see it as you are talking.  I assuem it is either bloody or cloudy.  Take it first pee in the morning.

 

Soemthing is not right.  An acute onset UTI should not go on like this and you should not be experiencing this ongoing pain.

 

As an aside, avoid baths right now

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are you having blood in your urine yet??  whenever i got UTI's, they would start to bleed right away, and that would make the pain and itching way worse.

 

if you drink coffee, you need to stop that, coffee and caffeine in general make UTI's worse.  definetly go with cranberry juice, but if you can't find the 100% juice stuff, just get a bag of whole cranberries and eat them.  they are sour - be prepared!! 

 

do not have sex... not that you are probably having any anyways, but there is one position in particular that always brings on UTI's. 

 

there is medication that i'm thinking of that is specific to UTI's, and deals with the itching and burning and the constant feeling of having to pee... talk to a pharmacist about that one.  you don't need a prescription for it.

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I can tell you that analytic, rational and critical thinking are NOT mutually exclusive to cognitive distortions, anxiety, and poor emotional regulation.

Gosh it's a UTI everyone has had them before or something like that when you were a teenager ... it's not something to have a breakdown over .... it's not cancer it's not a tumor it's not a pregnancy ...

Don't disagree with you there but it just seems really careless to let something like this go on for two weeks everyone knows the basics of infection .... I'm sorry but what do they teach in school nowadays ? I know what they don't teach "listening to your gut instincts"  and now you're mixing natural stuff with meds do you think that might not have an effect on how they work ?

Do you even know if you might be allergic to natural herbal crud ? some people are allegic to soy you know .

Something is not right.  An acute onset UTI should not go on like this and you should not be experiencing this ongoing pain.

Absolutely .... ongoing pain is never a good sign

Our mothers were pretty ignorant about their bodies but we are supposed to be more informed and educated and up to speed we twitter and facebook and text our thoughts but basic common sense about our bodies and gasp our reproductive system is sorely lacking ....

but there is one position in particular that always brings on UTI's. 

OMG Thank you for making the coffee squirt outta my nose .... there is no ONE position that brings on UTI's unless of course a person only knows one position to begin with  ....

OMG OMG OMG 

If you had a new parner or several new partners who had issues with taking showers then of course the risk of getting anything is high.

Cotton undies or better yet don't sleep with any undies

Avoid tampons for a while and yes tampons can still be an issue if you leave em in for more than a few hours

Ahhhhh I feel like I'm in high school .

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Namaste's advice is correct - at least the burning and itching will go away!  Also acidopholus is excellent and you can get it at any pharmacy in the vitamin section.

BTW, urination before AND after sexual intercourse is recommended. 

I hope that things are improving for you!..cms

 

 

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Hey everyone,

It's 2 weeks later after I originally posted this, and I'm still not better!

 

Basically, I stayed on antibiotics for a total of 4 weeks.

 

At week 3, I started taking cranberry supplements and rice based probiotics. Things felt like they were improving somewhat.

 

On September 16th, (during week 3) I went back to the clinic and the doctor ran all the tests she could think of, and gave me another week of medication. September 22nd, I still hadn't heard from all my tests, so I went back to the clinic. Everything was negative.

 

My baterial culture had been negative for 2 weeks (since September 10th). It's not yeast, or BV, Pap, or any type of STD. My urine is fine (as far as proteins and nitrites are concerned). The absolutely only thing that appeared in my results was that there was a trace of white blood cells in my urine. The doctor interpreted this as that I have inflammation, because I'm still healing. I was told to continue on my medication until it ran out (September 24th) and I should feel better soon.

 

I'm still getting pains today, on September 27th. Plus, my lowered immune system has made me really vulnerable to colds, and I'm pretty sure I've had two colds in the past 3 weeks. But what's more, is that's I'm extremely fatigued, all the time. I'm trying to teach and take PhD courses, and it's taking all my energy just to get one or two things done a day.

 

If my infection was supposedly cured over 2 weeks ago, the pain I have been experiencing seems a bit excessive for "slow healing" I've gotten alternative opinions from different doctors at the same clinic, and they keep telling me that same thing. Has anyone else had this experience? Is healing really this slow?

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Not at all

You need a specialist referral .... Gyno / Endo I dunno but none of this is normal .... nobody should be on antibiotics for a month .....  then again who knows how much damage the herbal interaction did

Pain usually means infection so I doubt the infection has cleared up .....

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Have you thought about the possibility that you might be allergic to latex?

 

Also the cranberry supplements are no good. Only real cranberry juice works.

 

And pay no attention to Jes' snub of using food to heal. The doctor doesn't consult her either.

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I'd consider seeing a urologist after being sick this long.  But you'd need a referral from a doc first. 

 

Really sorry to hear that you're still experiencing pain.

 

TL

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Hey Modern Girl.  I was thinking of you today, wondering how it was going.  I'm sorry that you are still experiencing this problem.  Not fun at all!  I agree that you should see an ob/gyn as soon as possible.  Good luck...cms

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I just wanted to pop in to say that I'm thinking about you too Modern Girl. I hope things get sorted out soon and the pain goes away.

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Hey everyone,

 

I haven't made my way back to a doctor yet (the campus clinic is closed on weekends), but I've been doing lots of reading this weekend (like a good student). Has anyone heard of interstitial cystitis?

 

Basically, (from my readings) it feels like a UTI, and often is mis-diagnosed as a UTI, but there's no baterial infection. There is however, white blood cells present in urine, because the bladder and/or urethra is inflammed and irritated. There's medication out there that can line your urinary tract and treat this problem, but more importantly, accupuncture, antidepressants, pelvic floor therapy and muscle relaxers have also been noted as working. Therefore, the cause behind this is likely due to stress.

 

Once I read this, it made alot of sense to me. Lots of people get "stress headaches" or "nervous stomachs." I've done that,plus in undergrad I would develop symptoms of strep throat when I was stressed out for a long period of time. Last November, right before my MA graduation, I developed a eye lid twitch. When I went to an eye doctor about it, he told me to buy Valerian root herbal supplements because it's a tranquilizer and used to relax muscles/help people sleep/reduce anxiety. It worked for my eye.

 

So, I started taking Valerian and some pain killers this weekend, in addition to focusing more on deep breathing and muscle relaxing exercises. And maybe it's only because I'm thinking of it, but I do notice the pain increasing when I am more worked up.

 

Crossing my fingers and hoping something will improve...but I will go see a doctor this week.

 

Thanks for all the well wishes everyone!

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Has anyone heard of interstitial cystitis?

 

Yes I have and you need a referral to a urologist to confirm if this is what is wrong.  I'm sorry for the hell you must be going through with this - not fun.

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And pay no attention to Jes' snub of using food to heal.

Yah tofu patties should clear up that infection right away

but I've been doing lots of reading this weekend (like a good student).

Yeah this is half your problem self diagnosing on the internet .... do they have doctors off campus it seems like you can never leave campus .... are you in the boonies somewhere where the vet is also the GP

A twitchy eye is not supposed to be painful usually goes away on its own

Seriously what are you waiting for .... blood in urine so you can do another internet diagnosis ?

 

 

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jesouhaite777 wrote:

And pay no attention to Jes' snub of using food to heal.

Yah tofu patties should clear up that infection right away

 

Awwwww poor Jes.

 

I didn't ever mention tofu. I don't actually like tofu.

 

Nope, I was talking about cranberry juice, a food, which does heal, and is recommended by most doctors to help clear up persistent urinary tract infections.

 

Now I understand you just hate anyone here being right about anything, but really, is it so very painful for you to just care... even just a little bit, anout someone else other than yourself?

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Gosh you must tell me how your last pelvic exam went !!!

Cranberry juice only works temporarily .....

Get a clue

 

 

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I have heard of interstitial cystitis, a friend has it (diagnosed herself and visited six doctors before finding one who would order the testing).  She is fine now.  Your symptoms may, or may not, indicate that this is the problem for you.  A complete round of tests by a qualified specialsit is in order.

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Meredith & Kaythecurler,

Thanks so much for letting me know! :)

 

I have an appointment for later this week, and I'll talk to my GP about a specialist referral.

 

Jesouhaite,

I do appreciate you playing devil's advocate on everything, it helps keeps us all critically thinking.

 

The first time I saw the doctor, it was at an off campus clinic and I was charged $40 to talk to the doctor. It was a public, Canadian clinic, but since I'm an out-of-province student, my provincial health coverage does not cover me at all places. I know for sure that the campus clinic and the local hospitals are free, but the walk-in clinics around town vary from $40 to $85 for out of province vistors.

 

I have been going back to the campus clinic, because they have a good record of my history, and it saves me a lot of explaining. Since I've been there 5 times in the last month, 2 doctors and 2 nurses know me well, and a few more staff have waited on me, and I get good treatment there.

 

Plus, it is a ton more convenient for me, since I do practically live on campus.

 

And yes, I was "self-diagnosing" over the internet. It was the weekend, the clinic was closed, and 4 weeks of relying on doctor's opinions was getting me no where. (By the way, when you come on this website, this is the internet too.)

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jesouhaite777 wrote:

Cranberry juice only works temporarily .....

Get a clue

 

 

So now you know more about it than doctor's do? But we're not allowed to know anything.... interesting.

 

If I do get an extra clue, I'll be sure to send it your way.

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Hey Modern Girl;

 

It is hard to be sick and separated from your family at the same time. 

 

The doctors may not have found an antbiotic that works with the particular bacteria that is causing your infection.   You do need to self diagnose and be your own doctor so don't feel bad about that. 

 

Cranberry juice works to prevent infections not once you have them and yogurt works too.   Yogurt gives your body more good bacteria to fight the bad bacteria.

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Hi Moderngirl,

Serena has touched on a issue for many women.  Many women find that when they are on antibiotics for anything, they get rebound UTI's from the death of normal bacteria in their bodies.

 

I have a sister who whenever she gets antibiotics for say strep throat ( a common kindergarden teacher issue) she gets yeast infections too.

 

I am glad you are asking for a referral to a specialist.  Certainly something is abnormal and needs to be looked at.

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Hi Modern Girl. Did you know that we can no longer access your blog. How can someone become a member?

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Two things:

 

Thanks for asking Pommum. I temporarily decided to make my blog private, but I'm hoping to bring it back eventually. It was becoming more popular than I anticipated and was attracting people who were fixated on revealing my identity. Due to the risk that posed to my loved ones, I moved to privatized the blog.

 

Also, I'm healthy again! All it took was a few weeks of anti-anxiety herbal pills (Valerian) and tylenol. When I get nervous or stressed, symptoms come back, but are pretty slight now. So, I know it's stressed related, and I'll probably stay on the valerian for a while.

 

Thank you to everyone who were concerned. Having this online community has meant a lot to me.

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Hi Modern Girl - good to hear you're on the mend!  I'm sure September was a stressful month ... hopefully you're settled in at school & work now ... and life will take on its new and more peaceful rhythms!

 

Sorry to hear about the blog thing.  Good idea to go private.

 

Glad you're around here too!  C.

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hi Modern Girl - glad your feeling better, but cranberry juice anf yogurt are good things to have in your diet. Looking forward to your blog being public once again....let us know if it does! All the best....pm

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Hi Modern girl. Glad your feeling better.  I suffered from BAD re-accuring UTI's when in my 20's.  So bad I would have blood in the urine.  Cranberry juice is a great flush and will help keep your urinary track clean.  I will say two things that I found led to my UTI's, one was sex, yes bummer.  If your sexualy active alot of bacteria can be pushed into your urethra while engaging in sex so watch that, also and this was a huge also for me ...CAFFEINE!!!  Even to this day I have to be extremely careful about how much caffeine I drink in a day.  Coffee, tea, soda it doesn't matter.  That was the big issue for me because thats about all I drank.  Now I can almost predict when I'll have a UTI flareup because I've had a day where I've been careless and drank to much iced tea or latte.  If I think I've consumed to much caffeine I will immediately go to the store and by cranberry juice and cut it with grape or apple juice because the straight cranberry is way to tart for me and makes me gag.  Even OceanSpray is better than nothing.  Hope this helps, keep feeling better.

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Just wanted to add that when you "wipe"----do it front to back, not back to front. You can drag feces into the wrong areas and start an infection this way also.

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Just wanted to add that when you "wipe"----do it front to back, not back to front. You can drag feces into the wrong areas and start an infection this way also.

Oh jeeze LOL LOL LOL thanks for making my OJ squirt outta my nose ... I'm sure the gal knows this I don't think she was raised in an orphanage or home with nothing but an outhouse LOL 

I'll add to the advice

Never reuse condoms no matter how enviromentally friendly that might sound ........

 

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Jesouhaite777,  Many women make this common mistake. May sound embarassing to say out loud but it's necessary to point out especially if you want to cover all areas BEFORE you reach for the antibiotics.

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We really have to get to know our parts better don't we ....

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man, its amazing to see that jes is still around...

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Antibiotics do cover all the areas .....

 

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Good to hear from YOU again sighs!

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Modern girl, this is the first time I've seen this thread -- I'm glad to hear that things are settling down for you. What a drag to go through.

 

Jes, not everyone gets UTIs -- I never had one until I was in my 40s and I had one round, with two treatments of antibiotics to get rid of it and have never had another.

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sighsnootles wrote:

man, its amazing to see that jes is still around...

Hi Sighs.  Well it's Saturday, and Jes isn't bagging off school today,, but likely should get off the computer and do her/his homework.

Attention-seeking Teenage Troll -- which will be vehemently denied..

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Sadiemagazine.com has a good article on this very subject.

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