I have something wrong with my bladder for sure. Ever since I was sixteen and I'm twenty now I have had bladder problems. They may think it's interstitial cystitis. I'm still waiting to see a urologist... it's been a year and a half now. I usually test negative for any urine tests... but I always seem to "self medicate" by drinking cranberry juice at the first sign of pain or pressure. On monday, I went to the doctor at 11:20 am. Ididn't self medicate and actually tested positive for a bladder infection! My doctor prescribed me Macrobid for 7 days, 1 pill twice a day. I took my fifth pill this morning and I don't have the horrible urgency anymore or as much of the pain. But I still have a bit of urgency and pressure and a tiny bit of pain. Should I go back and ask for something else, like cipro?
But you are responding. It is getting better. Let me ask you something-did you become sexually active at age 16? If yes, then likely your problems are stemming from sex. They used to call this "honeymoon cystitis" I have had bladder trouble and infections since I was two years old. Once I became sexually active it got worse 10 fold! I learned many things about sex and bladder health. I always try to drink a full glass of water prior to sexual activity, if I can. This helps me to be able to void after sex and this helps to clear the urethra of all the "gunk" forced into the urethra by the friction of sex.
For some women, the way your urinary meatus or the opening where urine comes from, is situated in such a way to the vagina that sex tends to force fluids, skin cells and bacterias from the genital areas (and mouth in the event of oral sex) right up into that opening, up the urethra and into the bladder. If you dont void (or pee) right after sex to flush this out, it will set up shop and bring on a massive UTI. You may also find that you need to bathe prior to sex whenever you can to reduce the amount of bacteria in the genital/anal area. 99% of UTI's are caused by e.coli. E.coli is from the digestive tract and tends to populate around the anal area which then can be dragged to the urinary meatus then up into the bladder by sex and also by wiping after using the bathroom.Be sure that you ALWAYS wipe from front to back and NEVER from back to front. Never allow your partner to enter the anal area then re-enter the vagina-it is asking for trouble. The best thing you can do though is to always get up and void right after sex to flush out the urethra. This will help head off those infections. I know if I have sex then fall asleep withoud voiding I will wake the very next day with a raging UTI so I speak from experience! I know it is TMI but I do this for educational purposes! UTI's are miserable. Be sure that you always stay well hydrated and it doesnt have to be cranberry juice. Water works just fine. Vitamin C can sometimes help because it acidifies urine making it less hospitable for bacterias (this is basically what cranberry juice does) As for your current infection, just continue the course of antibiotics. You are showing improvement so it is working. Keep taking them for the full course.
Cipro is a great antibiotic and kills many infections , you do sound like you just might have I.C cause your symptoms are similar to mine. The medication elmiron didn't work for me after taking it for 2 years but doesn't mean it won't work for you... If your in discomfort you can by azo over the counter to freeze your bladder until you can get to this urologist. Its very important that you see one because they will be able to diagnose you properly. Trying the azo when you feel discomfort turns your urine orange so u need to wear a panty liner or your under clothes will stain. The more you go pee the more you release the medicine and that's when you take another dosage.
E. coli doesn't cause 99% of uti's, maybe 50-75%. You also have Klebsiella, Proteus, among many other Enterobacteriacea, yeast, staphs, streps, enterococcus and the list goes on. E. coli generally comes from wiping the wrong way, and is lost abundant in the gut. I read urine cultures every day, and perform identification and susceptibility testing.
I just wanted to give support, if you are still having troubles with this... mine got so bad (and Ive had the prob since i was age 4, my mom had said!) at 55 yo, I had so many cytoscopies, they "rehung" y bladder and it didnt help at all... be careful before you try any surgical methods... good luck, and ppl, stop lecturing her
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