Other than antibiotics. I'm desperate. I have been on and off antibiotics since last November, and as soon as I stop taking them the infection comes back. I have taken every antibiotic imaginable, been tested for every STD imaginable, and I am not having sex... I am desperate for some relief, this is ruining my life
You are probably not on the antibiotic long enough. Have you had a culture and sensitivity of your urine done? I would find another doctor, preferably a urologist if the doc you have hasn't managed to figure it out in all this time. All that is happening is your killing off enough bacteria to lessen the symptoms, then you're done with the antibiotic and the bacteria can grow again.
Dear Benecio, I had what I thought was chronic UTI, it actually wasn't, although the tendency to have UTIs runs in my family and I have had my share of legitimate ones. 2 things that were causing them or the symptoms in me, we're taking tylenol and Advil everyday, and also my hormones were very messed up. Urinary tract burning, is listed way way down on the list of side effects for Tylenol and Advil, as I responded to hormone replacement therapy, they subsided as well. My dr said that there a basically 4 germs that cause UTI'S, 3 of the germs respond to things like Bactrim or nitrofurantoin, and the 4th will need Cipro. My dr had only ordered a check for white cells in the urine, it neededto be cultured for the specific type of bacteria causing it, and I needed the cipro one time when one wouldn't clear up. I also had to cut out ALL caffeine to get rid of that one. Patti
There is a very bad strain of E Coli infection going around women through UTI's, caused by chickens that are given antibiotics for growth, and keeping them healthy. It is resistant to antibiotics, as it is caused by antibiotics. Patti is right to keep up with the vitamin C, and other supplements that build up your immune system, but you also might want to have your new doctor check and see if the UTI you carry is the one that is caused by the chickens. They have to treat that differently. Best of luck to you!!
My anwer is ALWAYS the same. I went through what you are going through. I switched health care providers and visited a urogynecologist who prescribed Methenamine Hipp (common brands: Hiprex, Mandelamine, Urex) I take one pill twice a day accompanied each time by 1,000 mg of vitamin C. I have been almost infection free for two years now. It has been a miracle in my life. But, you MUST be infection free when you start the program because it is preventive. Please ask your doctor about this treatment plan and see what she/he has to say. I have no information about this preventive approach with males. Please do your homework and I wish you the very best as what you are going through is very miserable. Trust me, I know.
I currently am having a similar issue, taken 2 different types of antibiotics including macrobid and I made the mistake of eating sugar one day, then the symptoms came back. I have recently purchased Curcumin, Olive Leaf and a strong d-mannose that I've been taking in conjunction with acidophilus. These all seem to be helping, although the detox from the olive leaf made me feel awful this morning. Apparently the flu-like symptoms mean it is working :p I also cut out all sugar, started eating clean, drink tons of water, and take a multivitamin. Vitamin C also helps. If you look up UTI on YouTube you will find lots of videos with women sharing the types of herbal supplements they have been using. Goldenseal and Oregano oil also help! Good luck!
Have you had a distended cystoscopy? Interstitial cystitis can mimic UTIs. The lining of the bladder becomes irritated and the irritated places can leak blood and cause pain. A different drug regimen (not antibiotics) and a diet change can help. I am now resistant to many antibiotics that were unnecessary. IC can only be detected with a cystoscopy that is performed after the bladder is distended with water. A regular procedure can't display any irritated areas that are in the folds of the lining. Find a good urologist and don't take any antibiotics unless s culture specifies one.
I know this is an old question on here but I have a recommendation: a supplement called Olive Leaf Extract. It's good stuff. It eliminated UTI symptoms I'd had for over a month like some kind of magic, hand to God, I was amazed. I had the same thing going on that you describe, a stubborn UTI that the antibiotics helped kind of, but a whole month later still weren't completely cured and the antibiotics were getting progressively stronger and hurting my stomach. I felt some relief yes, but none of them cured it 100% completely. I started with the go-to sulpha UTI antibiotic first-still had symptoms. So went to another stronger one, I forget the name, which also didn't cure it, and a month later I was at Target picking up antibiotic #3, Levaquin and the Target pharmacist randomly suggested I try Olive Leaf Extract.
He seemed pretty confident about its benefits and its effectiveness and I was desperate at that point so I went from there and picked up a bottle at a Vitamin Shop store, I believe. and took 3 or 4 OLE caps that night before bed. The next morning all UTI symptoms were GONE, I peed and it felt normal, I was totally amazed. So now I recommend OLE to anyone with a UTI, give it a shot, it can't hurt. It's a nutraceutical, literally, a food medicine. It's basically the good stuff contained in olive oil that has curative and anti-oxidant properties. It's totally safe to take with other meds including antibiotics, has zero side effects. The active ingredient is a compound called oleuropein, it's found in green olives and their oil, and the leaves from the olive tree. You can buy it at a vitamin store like GNC, Vitamin Shop, etc, any place that has a good variety of supplements; typically not drug store chains like CVS but I've seen it at a Walmart Superstore tho. Or you can get it online, just Google it. I really don't think the brand really matters but the standardization is what you want to pay attention to. Make sure you're getting a high %age of that good stuff, the active ingredient, oleuropein. The one I took was 500 mg capsules standardized to contain 150 mg of of oleuropein (15%). I just got another bottle of a stronger formulation, 750 mg caps standardized to 200 mg (20%) oleuropein. Anyway, I highly, highly recommend giving it a try, it can't hurt and if it works for you, you will be as startled as I was at how effectively and quickly it gets rid of a UTI. Good luck and get well.
One thing I don't understand is why are so many people recommending staying away from caffeine? I am a male with quadriplegic spinal cord injury and keep getting repetitive UTIs. It's true you should have a culture and sensitivity reports before treating. It is also true that d-mannose is only effective against E. coli (which is not a bacteria that I frequently get). I do frequently get Klebsiella pneumoniae… In fact, for the past six months I have had it over and over and over again! It is sensitive to Keflex and Amoxi-clav, but I'm sure that will soon run out and it will become resistant. We have tried many things, including being on IV antibiotics for six weeks! (Ertapenem) nothing has worked. I recently had surgery for a suprapubic catheter, the urologist's hope is that this may provide some success in reducing or eliminating my bladder infections.
Anyhow, I drink one cup of coffee every morning followed by about 2 L of water in about an hour and a half. Now I'm wondering why so many people have said to cut out caffeine? Strangely, you would think a diuretic would improve urine flow through the bladder which would help to flesh out bacteria. Very curious about this.
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