it feels like i swallowed a rock. very annoying to have day after day. i am taking nitrofurantin for 3 days and no relief. i also self cath (since december)
Heaviness in the abdomen is due to inflammation from the infection. I/O cathing (in and out versus a permanent Foley cath) makes one very prone to UTIs. I don't know why you are dependent on self-cathing, but your equipment must be sterile.
The very best thing for any UTI is drink 6-8 eight oz. glasses of water daily. You may have to build up to this but you have to keep your body clean. Coffee and sodas don't count. You wouldn't wash your dishes with coffee, tea or soda, would you? Eventually your body will get used to this and you won't be peeing 24/7, I promise. I'd bet my next paycheck your incidence of UTIs will dramatically decrease.
Tony is right. I know it is tempting when you have to self cath not to want to drink but he is right, once your body gets used to being hydrated, you wont have to cath so often as you do at first. It is important to keep your equipment sterile but also be sure that you wash your genitalia well prior to cathing. This will help keep you from dragging bacteria from your outer body up into the urethra and bladder to set up shop. The heavy feeling you have is actually from bladder spasms. If you are male, B&O suppositories can help and for females and males phenazopyridine hydrochloride can help. It is a bladder pain reliever. It will turn your urine bright orange though and stains badly so be sure not to get urine on anything. You can buy it over the counter. It is called AZO Standard but many stores (like Walgreens brand is just Urinary Pain Relief tablet) have their own store brand that is cheaper and it is the same thing-trust me-there was a period of time I lived on AZO. I get UTI's enough that I always keep a supply of AZO on hand. It helps to relieve those spasms. You will probably need a course of antibiotics to get rid of this UTI. Once it is gone, be really careful with hygiene to keep it that way. Clean yourself well prior to cathing and be sure your equipment is sterile. If you are female and would like more tips on preventing UTI's, send me a private message and I will tell you more ways to prevent this torture. (It can be a little more graphic than I want to write to a general forum and I dont want to offend anyone)
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