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UTI, what besides cranberry juice?

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Aug. 22nd, 2003 | 12:47 pm

Help! I have a serious UTI (urinary tract infection) and it's driving me nuts. I haven't had one in years, the last ones just drinking a lot of water and cranberry juice helped. Much better than the medical approach, sulfa drugs were worthless. But this time, I've had it since Tuesday night, I've been guzzling the red stuff, also water, peeing like mad, and it's still here. And it hurts. What do I do????

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from: jubilancy
date: Aug. 22nd, 2003 03:10 pm (UTC)
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oh, fuck it. I have no advice, but I offer you hugs and good karma for a quick recovery.

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Jem

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from: crazybutsound
date: Aug. 22nd, 2003 04:02 pm (UTC)
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You go see a doctor, hon, and get antibiotics prescribed. It's what I did when mine didn't go away after three days, back in july, and it worked.

*hugs*

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 27th, 2003 07:01 am (UTC)
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It went away, lucky me! If it had gone on longer, I really would have gone in.

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hanarobi

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from: hanarobi
date: Aug. 22nd, 2003 05:47 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm...I seem to remember with my recent back saga you said something to the effect of "glad you finally came to your senses and let the medical profession to its thing." A doctor once told me that the amount of cranberry juice you would have to drink to have the same effect of the simple meds she could prescribe was somewhere in the gallons. Call your doctor now and get relief. But in the meantime, keep drinking massive amounts of water. And, now that I am through being such a mother hen, here's an electronic hug of sympathy. UTIs are SO fucking uncomfortable and unpleasant. I am really sorry you are going through this. Yuck. Ugh. Bleck. (go call your doctor)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 27th, 2003 06:59 am (UTC)
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It did go away, though I'm still trying to drink gallons of juice and water. My experiences with doctors and UTIs has been so bad I was reluctant to bother this time.

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hanarobi

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from: hanarobi
date: Aug. 27th, 2003 09:03 am (UTC)
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I am so glad to hear this. Glad your approach worked for you. And so sorry to hear that you've had bad experiences with doctors on this issue, especially since it meant you probably had to feel bad longer than you would have otherwise. But I am relieved to hear that you are better.

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Way2

Give me Cipro or give me death.

from: way2
date: Aug. 28th, 2003 10:12 am (UTC)
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"It hurts." <--understatement of the year.

A friend of mine thought her UTI had gone away (lots of cranberry juice & water), and then suddenly had to be rushed to the ER. The infection had gone to her kidneys & it was pretty serious. So if you start having low back pain or anything, don't fool around.

The docs at the practice I go to are in disagreement. One prescribes a typical antibiotic. When I got that, it took two rounds of 7 days each to knock it out. Blah. The other docs there give Cipro (Ciprofloxacin Hydrochloride). Three days. Done. Ahh, relief. (The first doc believes using Cipro contributes to the future failure of antibiotics due to devo of Super Bugs or something).

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Re: Give me Cipro or give me death.

from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 28th, 2003 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Seems to have gone away, but I will pay attention to any lower back twinges. It's so hard to tell if the meds have any effect. They didn't do much the last time I got them, but that was years ago. On the advice of a RNP, I drank gallons of water and cranberry, and haven't had a bout until this month.

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from: chaosmanor
date: Aug. 28th, 2003 04:30 pm (UTC)
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I know its after the event, but this might help for next time. Alkalinizing the urine, rather than acidifying it with cranberry juice can be the way to go. You do this either with the expensive sachets from the chemist, or with a teaspoon of bicarb of soda in a glass of water every two hours. This sometimes works because folks get stuff other than bacteria in their urinary tracts, candida being the most likely fungus. If you are prone to vaginal thrush, seriously consider that you may have it in your bladder.

Personally, being immunocompromised, I always go to the doc, because I'm only ever two hours away from a kidney infection.And I take nitrofuranotoin, which is effective against 99% of ALL uti bugs. Cipro, mentioned in a previous post, doesn't give that good a cover, though it is effective against pseudomonis.


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from: msilverstar
date: Aug. 28th, 2003 10:17 pm (UTC)
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Am relieved that I'm not prone to anything, and hope this was an isolated incident, not to be repeated!

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