T O P I C R E V I E W
Member # 2340
posted 03-02-2001 10:13 PM
To all of you, but especially the girls.
I just wanted to give you guys a little warning about something kinda gross. Today I got a urinary tract infection. It really scared me because there was a lot of blood in my urine and basically I thought I was dying. But I went to the doctors and he gave me antibiotics and I'm feeling better now. Anyway, I just think you guys should know about this so you won't freak out if it happens to you. I know that they are much more common in females than males.
PS If you have any wonderful suggestions to survive this, feel free to share them with me...
Member # 2771
posted 03-02-2001 10:28 PM
well ever since my accident four months ago that I got paralyzed in I've had 4 infections, other signs are if your urine is cloudy or has white clumps in it. These are usually white blood cells that tend to build up when you have infections. The best thing to do is to go to your doctor and give a urine sample and they can prescribe the appropriate antibiotic. And also drinking cranberry juice is good too cuz its acidic I guess. Well I'm not sure why but thats what all my nurses and doctors have said.
Member # 2050
posted 03-03-2001 06:56 AM
Oh God. UTIs.
They are the most horrible things in the world. I still remember the pain. Bleah.
I had it twice and it absolutely sucked.
But lots of water is what is generally recommended.
And if you are sexually active, pee before and after you have sex. To clear your urinary tract. Trust me. That is the best advice I have ever been given. It has never come back since.
Hope you feel better soon hon.
Member # 2254
posted 03-04-2001 12:45 PM
I'm glad you're feeling better! UTIs are awful. I've gotten four or five of them. All different bacteria, too. Once it was beta-hemophilic strep group B (if I remember correctly)... *nasty* little thing. Fortunately, I haven't had one for about nine months now.
My first UTI was also when I discovered that I'm allergic to sulfa drugs. The day after I started taking my medicine I woke up in the middle of the night 'cause my head was swollen with itchy pink lumps, and I'd been scratching it in my sleep until it started bleeding and I woke up. Within a few hours, my whole body was covered with hives. Happily, I was still living at home, and my parents gave me some benedryl and something warm to drink and then took me back to the doctor.
Even if you don't like the medical establishment or antibiotics, if you think you might have a urinary tract infection, get yourself to a doctor--a gynecologist or a general practitioner/your pediatrician, it doesn't really matter--and take all the antibiotics they give you, 'cause there's no other way to get rid of those bacteria. I know it's really disconcerting... they'll test your urine for bacteria, but that takes at least a couple days, and in the meantime, you have to start treating your suspected infection. That's just how it is. After the tests come back, they might change your perscription if there's something that's particularly effective against whateven organism you have.
Fruit juice (it doesn't really have to be cranberry juice) and lots of water will help a lot, but can't cure you. Urine is supposed to be sterile when it comes out, and if it's not, there's a problem.
It's important, 'cause untreated UTIs will become kidney infections--I had that happen once when I didn't get to the doctor fast enough. If you have urinary tract infection symptoms plus one of your kidneys hurts (it's like a sore painfulness at the base of your back, on either side), or you have a fever, you better hurry and get that thing treated. Untreated kidney infections will land you in the hospital. Kidneys are pretty important!
If you get more than five or six UTIs in a twelve month period, get your butt to a urologist. You might have some underlying problem--maybe there's a sore or laceration in your bladder where bacteria can get in, or something like that. They'll probably refer you to have an ultrasound done. No big deal. They might put you on a couple months worth of low dose 'preventative antibiotics.'
Just some useful information.
Member # 33
posted 03-04-2001 12:56 PM
Water, water, water, water, water.
Seriously. And yes, get your butt to a doctor at the very first sign, 'cause even though UTIs suck (and the worst part for me isn't the burning, it's feeling like I have to pee ALL THE TIME), they can disappear almost instantly with the right treatment. Mine usually clear up after the second dose of antibiotic.
~lemming, Scarleteen Advocate
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Member # 2160
posted 03-04-2001 01:50 PM
So are UTI's and bladder infections the same thing?
I had one months ago. There was no blood in my urine, nor was it cloudy.. it just burned soooo badly and I constantly had the feeling to pee. Plus all of that water and cranberry juice made me nauseous all of the time. Horrid. I went to a doctor and she gave me one measly little sample pill. No prescription, no advice. I can't remember what the pill was called. It was supposedly a new drug. She said for me to come back in a week to see if the infection went away or not. She did not even explain to me what I had. I knew it was a UTI or bladder infection, but I thought they were the same thing, so I had no reason to ask her. Are they the same?
Member # 2181
posted 03-05-2001 10:51 PM
I'm so sorry you have to go through the pain of a UTI dear. OH Goodness I still remember my last UTI. But I'm glad you went to the doc for some medication. The best I can say to you is take the medication--it helps relieves the pain. And drink that cranberry jucie!! And eat lots and lots of yougurt! BTW: There has been problems with some type of antibiodicts and side effects. Some type of UTI medication gives bad side effects such as liver failure--unfortunately, I don't know the name of it off the top of my head. But do some research on the medication that your doc gave you.
But hehe good luck gurly, get well soon!!
Member # 685
posted 03-06-2001 12:54 PM
Drink cranberry juice, as well. It helps.
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Member # 3041
posted 03-11-2001 08:21 PM
Gah... I had chronic UTI's for eight years, was hospitalized twice, and almost had surgery. So I'll pass along my mom's advice: lots and lots of INSANE amounts of fluids, a good bit of which should be cranberry juice.
and also very important: when you have to pee, do NOT hold it... that can back fluid up into your kidneys and make things a whole lot worse.
r.d.m. * riotboy http://f0o.org
Member # 1690
posted 03-28-2001 07:17 PM
I REALLY feel for you- jeez! 8 years! It's really nice to read your gals' responses- it makes me feel a little more normal at least. I've had a UTI for 2 years now- so far NOTHING at all has cured it, and the only thing that relieves the burning is LOTS of water. There are also certain foods that irritate the bladder- tomatoes, oranges, mayo, alcohol- for a more detailed list go to the library. I went through this awful cystoscopy, several pills that I've had allergic reactions to, several that just didn't do anything- I'm ready to try accupuncture (J/K). For the past couple of days my UTI has been hurting a LOT - like pins and needles- and I've had trace amounts of blood in my urine. It certainly does feel like you're dying, but it can be cured if you go to the doc. I'm pretty sure it affects 1 in 5 women or something like that. I hope and pray that anyone who is infected right now gets better soon, because they are not fun to live with.