... for 4 years after the infection spread to my kidneys and I was prescribed strong antibiotics. During travels to the States, I started getting the well-known symptoms again - painful urination and burning without urinating, pressure, feeling low etc. and was prescribed Bactrim for 5 days. The symptoms started subsiding 2 days after completion of the antibiotics course. Then, 3 weeks later, right while I was recovering from a nasty stomach bug, the infection was back. After 5 days of symptoms, I went to a different doctor in the US who prescribed a 7 day course of ciprofloxacin (250mg twice daily)... the symptoms persisted. I am now back in the UK and have had symptoms for 3 weeks and am on a different course of antibiotics - nitrofurantoin for 7 days (4 x 50mg daily), going to finish tomorrow and the symptoms aren't getting better. All tests so far have shown high leukocyte count but no nitrites, I am still waiting for results from the urine culture. I am already nearing the end of my tether and don't know how to cope with the pain much longer. Does anyone know how I can help this?
I'm sorry to hear of your long-standing difficulties with urinary tract infections. They can be quite miserable, I know. You have been on 3 major drugs for this problem, yet they barely give you relief until after completing the antibiotics. This indicates a resistance to the antibiotics by the bacteria. The culture results should be in by now and that should provide identification of the infectious bacteria. I hope a sensitivity test was run with the culture. This can be very helpful in finding the right antibiotic. If there is an antibiotic that works on the sensitivity test and it's new to you, go ahead and try a course of it. The antibiotics you've already been on may need more time added to the usual course of taking them to be more effective. This would be a question for your Dr.
Have you ever been to an infectious disease Dr.? Because this Dr. specializes in this area, you may find a solution through her/him. Remember to drink plenty of fluids to keep your urinary flow steadily outward, which helps stop or reduce the effects of an infection. Try not to leave long hours of the day where you don't drink something. This is a simple thing to do and a Dr. may not think to say this. You can judge if it's helpful yourself. Take the amount of fluids your Dr. directs you to, usually 8 8oz. glasses of water per day, but a current study found it doesn't have to be all water. Another idea you may have heard of is squeezing a few drops of fresh lemon juice into your water. It changes the pH of your body and urine but I can't say how much. It's just another simple home remedy to try. I wish you success and relief.
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