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Chronic bladder infection using a Gentamicin bladder wash

Posted by @taxpayinghorse, Thu, Sep 20 12:47am

I have questions about the gentamycin bladder wash for a chronic bladder infection that will not go away. I’m not getting much information from the doctor. I need to know how long this bladder wash will work until the infection becomes immune to the antibiotic. I can’t take any more oral or intravenous antibiotics. I’ve had C diff 3 times now. My stomach and intestines are a mess. I feel as if I live with food poisoning 24 hours a day because of the horrible gut pain and diarrhea and loose stools. Are there any other bladder wash that I can use when this Gentamycin doesn’t work anymore. The doctor will NOT answer these questions. He say, “We’ll cross that bridge when we get there”. That doesn’t cut it for me. I take care of my handicapped sister. She is totally dependent on me. There is no family to help us. I NEED to know if I have any options and what to expect. I am scared to say to much for fear the doctor will refuse to treat me. Is there anyone that has this same problem?

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@taxpayinghorse I’ve had UTI’s and never heard of the treatment you described. What I do know is that you should be able to get answers to your questions and you should never feel afraid to say too much for fear the doctor will refuse to treat you. Get a second opinion &/or find another doctor.

Hi @taxpayinghorse,

Gentamicin is an antibiotic medicine that is used to treat and prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). It can be given directly into the bladder through a catheter which is called bladder irrigation. I found this published study which you might want to read, especially since it researches antibiotic resistance while on gentamicin instillations. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5798439/

I'm also tagging @predictable to see if he has any thoughts to add.

@cehunt57

@taxpayinghorse I’ve had UTI’s and never heard of the treatment you described. What I do know is that you should be able to get answers to your questions and you should never feel afraid to say too much for fear the doctor will refuse to treat you. Get a second opinion &/or find another doctor.

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I am getting the best medical care out there at Mayo. The medical care is so bad out here that Mayo is like a shining beacon. None of the Urologist at the VA Hospital or Urology Ass. in Tallahassee even know what a Gentamycin Bladder wash is. They are woefully ignorant. My case is very unusual because I can't take anymore oral or intravenous antibiotics. What a person "should" be able to get answers to and "should" be able to get good medical help is not reality. I have went way beyond "2nd opinions"….I am the best place available which is at Mayo. Trying to even find the bladder wash is not to impossible. It is a compounded medication and very hard to find and afford even with insurance. Without Mayo, right now I'd be dead.

@kanaazpereira

Hi @taxpayinghorse,

Gentamicin is an antibiotic medicine that is used to treat and prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). It can be given directly into the bladder through a catheter which is called bladder irrigation. I found this published study which you might want to read, especially since it researches antibiotic resistance while on gentamicin instillations. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5798439/

I'm also tagging @predictable to see if he has any thoughts to add.

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Thanks a million. I will read it. I just got done reading it. I must be very ignorant. I couldn't understand most of what I read. "Significant side effects of daily oral suppressive antibiotics can occur8 and along with changing the genitourinary flora,10 antibiotics can also affect the oral, pulmonary, skin, vaginal, and bowel commensals, and lead to increased findings of antibiotic-resistant organisms. That one sentence I would like to know what it means. Does it cause stomach/bowel problems using this gentamycin directly into the bladder?

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