UTI's over and over and over again! Help me please!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by elizajane40, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. elizajane40

    elizajane40 New Member

    I have had one UTI after another since this past summer.
    I've had two trips to the ER as a result. Also have 3 kidney stones in one of my kidneys. Can't seem to shake this infection. I drink plenty of fluids, including cranberry juice/supplements and do all the recommended things....Has anyone else had this problem and if so how did you resolve?

  2. Kinsie

    Kinsie New Member

    Several weeks ago I had my yearly gynocology checkup. I was told that I had a UTI. I had no idea. I have had many, many times what I call a bladder infection. I guess that's the same thing as a UTI.(?) I would have burning and pain, etc. There was no doubt that I had an infection.

    But,I didn't know you could have a UTI without knowing it. They are doing a "culture" on my urine sample, whatever that is.

    When a bladder infection is coming on I start taking AZO tablets ( buy them over the counter). They help with the symptoms, but are not a cure. I drink a lot of water and cranberry juice. Sometimes it will go away on it's own, but if not, the doctor's office has me come in so they can check a urine sample, then they prescribe some medicine that usually knocks it out.

    I'm like you, I've had it over and over, and have no idea what's causing it.

    Hope you get better soon.

  3. kalley167

    kalley167 New Member

    seems like every DR appt when they test my urine I have one. I don't always know I have it though but if my urine is cludy alot. I don't have any pain or burning. I figured now it was part of my illnesses.
  4. rockyjs

    rockyjs Member

    I have used a product called D-Mannose which has been very effective against UTIs. It keeps E.coli from adhering to the walls of the bladder.

    I first heard about it from a friend who was going through chemo and her doctor recommended it for her frequent UTIs. You can buy it at most health food stores. If you do a search on it you'll find all kinds of information. Also be sure to check into interstitial cystitis which can make you more susceptible to UTIs and can be controlled by diet and/or a product called Prelief.

  5. dunnlb

    dunnlb New Member

    Drink several glasses of water each day — Fluids discourage the growth of bacteria by flushing out your urinary tract. Drinking cranberry juice or taking vitamin C supplements also may deter bacterial growth by making your urine more acidic.

    Wipe from front to back — To prevent the spread of intestinal bacteria from the rectum to the urinary tract, women always should wipe toilet tissue from front to the back after having a bowel movement.

    Decrease the spread of bacteria during sex — If possible, cleanse the area around your genitals before having sex. Urinate after sexual intercourse to flush bacteria from your bladder. If you keep getting infections, you should talk to your doctor about using antibiotics after sex to lower the risk of developing urinary tract infections.

    (I have read that just one antibiotic pill after sex is all it takes to prevent infection.)

  6. lenasvn

    lenasvn New Member

    You haven't filled out your profile. It would be nice to read up on what you have, it can be easier to figure out where some symptoms might come from, or what triggers them! And not to mention to satisfy your board buddies curiosity!
  7. russiankids3

    russiankids3 New Member

    and part of the reason is that I also have a serious kidney disease. I also never know when I have one because I have interstitial cystitis and a neurogenic bladder. Since I don't have symptoms most of the time my neprologist and urologist do a C&S (culture and sensitivity-to see what antibiotic will treat the bacteria found) every time I visit them. This is very often so I've been catching the UTIs at the start and get treated. This way the UTI doesn't become a full blown kidney infection that can further damage my remaining kidney.

    I also drink a lot of water and watch my diet as others
    have said.
    Hope you can get yours under control and find the reasons why you continue to get these infections.
  8. victoria

    victoria New Member

    Ihad my first bladder infection at age 40, and it didn't go away for months and months... had to finally be on abx for 3 months straight to get rid of it... still occasionally got them off and on, way too often, had nothing to do with sex.

    Finally, besides using the cranberry juice and/or pills, I read about D-Mannose - it is a 'sugar' that the bacteria love but they don't realize it is incomplete - they latch onto it and get flushed out of the bladder. D-Mannose is a highly concentrated form of active constituent of cranberry. the last 2 times I had bladder infections I used D-mannose every day for a month after... haven't had any in a few years now, unusual compared to what I'd been going thru... knock on wood, LOL.

    Dr. Jonathan Wright highly recommends it besides other progresive alternative doctors... only one place here sells it, so depending on where you live, you may have to order it off the internet.

    Hope this helps,
  9. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Diabetics get repeated vaginal infections. If you have had a lot of these, they could have gone into UTI's, and repeated UTI's cause kidney stones - those type stones are call "Struvite" (? sp.) stones.

    Are you a diabetic?
  10. TXFMmom

    TXFMmom New Member

    I don't know how old you are, but perimenopausal and menopausal women are more prone to UTI's. OUr musculature weakens and we don't empty our bladders as completely and then tend to get infections.

    that was the case with me, and after tests, I have to really, really concentrate and forcefully empty my bladder and I haven't had one since.

    The cranberry juice and plenty of fluids should help.

    If you have yeast or fungal infections with the FM, this could be contributing to this by causing inflammation at the urinary orifice.
  11. petsrme

    petsrme Member

    I get them all the time and kidney infections. It hurts my feelings because people will imply I have a lot of sex. My mom has said this. I have sex about three or four times a year so I don't think that has a thing to do with it in my situation. Nothing wrong with having sex, I just am not that fortunate!! I also only take a bath about once every two or three months. I take showers usually instead. I clean myself well everytime I use the restroom.

    I have lupus so sometimes I worry that my kidneys are bad. I have blood and protein in my urine every time they check it. That has been going on for about six years. They did a kidney scan last summer that showed my kidneys emptied very slowly, but seemed okay. I have heard that the only real way to find out if you have kidney damage or problems is to have a piece of it taken out and studied. I have forgotten what that word is. LOL! Biopsy!! I remembered.

    I hope you find a way to resolve this and stop getting them.

  12. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    On interstitial cystitis. Many docs are unfamiliar with it and mistake it for UTI's. Cranberry products can make IC worse.

    Love, Mikie
  13. mary124

    mary124 New Member

    Haven't been here for awhile, but Mikie is right, but you need to go to a Uro who specializes in IC. Theres a great web/chat site (I have this disease --it is no fun- and on top of that i have a UTI!!)

    If it is an UTI than antibotics will only make it worse. Please see a specialist.

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