Prone to Urinary tract infections?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by app5775, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. app5775

    app5775 New Member

    Does anyone else constantly have reoccuring urinary tract infections ( bladder infections)? I used to get them once every year or so but lately its seems every month or two. I get sick overall with it along with the burning, etc. Anyone have any suggestions to help ward off the infection? I already know the correct wiping procedures and stuff like that. I'm assuming the FM/CFS is affecting the immune system too?
  2. monicaz49

    monicaz49 New Member

    i do. all the time.
    my body is starting to be resistant to certain antibiotics.
    :( i dont know why. my body is just sensitive in every sense.
  3. homesheba

    homesheba New Member

    i am having really bad kidney infections to where i wind up at er!
    i dont know whats going on. they give me the medicine and i still have pelvic tenderness...
  4. app5775

    app5775 New Member

    Yes my doctor does do cultures. Actually he is a very good doctor in regards to fibromyalgia/CFS but I don't recall him stating that urinary tract infections may be a fibro issue. I'll see if I can find the book you mentioned. I hate being on antibiotics and had a severe reaction many years ago. So I always cringe when I have to be on them,which recently is always it seems. thanks for the info.
  5. shootingstar

    shootingstar New Member

    I had this problem for years - not interstitial cystitis in my case, just recurrent infections.

    There is an over the counter medication called Cystex - also one called Uristat, but Cystex worked much better for me. I take it for several days following whatever antibiotics had been prescribed, and take it at the first sign of any recurrence. I also take cranberry capsules if there is even the slightest indication I may be getting an infection, and during antibiotic and/or cystex treatment. There is something in cranberry which keeps some strains of bacteria from being able to hide and survive in the bladder wall. This may not be compatible for people with IC, but is a great help with UTI.

    No problem for a couple of years now.
  6. caffey

    caffey New Member

    I get them all the time. My immune system is so suppressed with the ra. and the prednisone and other drugs. I also have a problem that I have nerve damage from a herniated disc and I don't get any symptoms. Twice I have been brought into emerg in crisis called uro-sepsis and just about died. So know I have my urine tested once a month and if I get any aches or pains in the kidney area I high tail it to the doc. It is not a good idea to be on antibiotics all the time as you get immune to it. I wonder if you might need a stronger anitibiotic. I just remembered. I saw my urologist last week and told him. He said if it happened again to tell my family doc. to put me on CIPRO for a month for a preventative measure. Don't know if that will help or not.
  7. there was a dr. on The view yesterday and she recommends taking cranberry capsules daily to prevent uti. She said your body gets resistant to antibiotics and these really do the trick.
    But also Interstial cystitis feels the same as UTI . I don't think those capsules would be good for IC?
  8. cherylsue

    cherylsue Member

    D-Mannose from Discover Nutrition (online) solved the problem immediately. Recommended by Dr. Teitelbaum. No more ABX for me.

  9. Britt2

    Britt2 New Member

    I was getting them almost once a month.....a little while ago, I've been lucky (KOW) haven't had one in a few months now....

    I have IC and they are a part of it for sure.... Totally sucks cuz I have a lot of discomfort along with and lots of trips to the bathroom......

    My dr gave me a 'do it yourself' cleanse to do at home.....sometimes that works....

    I have also been taking the cran pills too (Mind you I've been waiting to see my specialist to see if they are a good idea to be taking) but yea, they seem to be helping. Plus its hard for us with IC to take Cran juice - in fact they say if you do have IC it is the worst thing to do.......should not be having anything with acid etc......makes you worse.

    HOpe it helps....might want to see your dr....have them check you for IC if you've had it for a long time....
  10. fieldmouse

    fieldmouse New Member

    Cranberry is the way to go. They have cranberry capsules at any drug store and even some grocery stores. Try it!!!! Any time I feel like I am even starting to get a UTI I take them....lots of them for a few days. Almost always goes away.....Also, my new doc just started me on Nystatin. It is a rx drug to get rid of excess yeast in your body. He told me that if you have taken alot of antibiotics in your life (even as a child) you can have an excess buildup of yeast in your body which can and will cause ALOT of recurring infestions and can also cause alot of other symptoms because it causes your body to fight the good bacteria in our system that we need. You might want to ask your PCP about this...Hope this helps.~hugs~ Mick!!
  11. app5775

    app5775 New Member

    Yes, thanks all for the info. I do take Diflucan along with the antibiotics which actually works better, at least for me, than Nystatin. I do have the IC along with the infections. So much so sometimes the symptons are the same and I have an infection and don't know it unless its tested and cultured. I realize often it is brought on by my drinking too much caffeine or pop which I indulge in now and then. I did order a used copy of the book mentioned earlier. I'll have to see if that helps in the IC regard. I'm also hearing alot lately about bioidentical hormones. My doctor is also going to check my hormone levels as well. He is already into the "natural" hormone approach. According to much research I have found that imbalanced hormones also tend to mess up ones immune system and may also contribute to many of the FM/CFS problems. So maybe there will be some hope on the horizon. Seems a shame... you hope there is something else wrong so that that can be fixed to lesson everything else thats wrong. SHEESH... but I guess thats life and we have to handle it as it comes. I also had tried some cranberry type tablets which are chewable. I'll have to stick to the program better in the future and see if it works. Has anyone had improvements taking Vit. C in large doses? I had read that at one time as well. I'll have to check on the other answer of another product. Hey whatever works, I'll try it at least.
  12. misskoji

    misskoji Member

    They suck! I've actually had the problem since teen years. Now I try to avoid baths and use a special feminine soap for that area. Seems the tiniest things can set it off!

    My suggestion to you is lots of water intake, azo for the burning/frequency/urgency sensations. No perfumed or dyed toilet paper. And a special cleanser for the whoo ha area. Otherwise, good luck hun, it's a pain in the $^%!

    Hope you feel better soon

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