problems after chlamydia

Posted by kas1792 @kas1792, Aug 13, 2016

I contracted Chlamydia from my partner and was treated within the month of getting it. shortly after being treated i noticed i was having discharge and abdominal bloating, cramping, irregular periods, spotting and bleeding during intercourse, pressure in my bladder, urine frequency and burning. i went back to my doctor on base (i am military) and she said it was strange i was having these issues and she sent me for another chlamydia test. it was negative. i went toan urgent care off base because the pain was extremely annoying and i couldn’t stand the constant visits to the bathroom. i was treated for a UTI even thought my tests weren’t positive for one. i was given cipro and also sent for my second chlamydia test because of my discharge. after a few days of the cipro not working i was able to get an appointment on base. the doctor performed a pelvic exam and got cultures and then diagnosed me with pelvic inflammatory disease and prescribed me levaquin and also flagyl because i had BV….i was sent for std checks again and it was negative as well. and sent for a ultrasound pelvic and trans bag which came back normal. i took the levaquin for two weeks and had absolutely no change in anything. i had seen my OBGYN and she said it wasn’t a big deal. the medicine would treat it and off i went… so after i was done the levaquin i had all of the same symptoms so i went back to urgent care and told the woman my problems and she did a pelvic exam.. said my cervix was irritated looking so she gave me a shot and two weeks of doxy. i had noticed myself slowly getting better in this time.. but as soon as medication was done i noticed symptoms came back. so i went back to the base doctor. she was extremely rude to me. yelled at me for having unprotected sex which at the time i had obviously stopped since being diagnosed with pid. my pelvic exam was painful… then she just prescribed me levaquin again….and azithromicin(spelling is suspect) and set me for more labs…. urine tests..uti check etc all negative. within five days of taking the levaquin no change. i decided to go to the ER and tell them my situation. the lady told me because of my past of endometriosis and my surgeries for it that i could possibly just be having a lot going on. so they gave me rosephin through an iv and also gave me doxy cyclone and flagyl.. also performed an ultrasound. ultrasound was normal besides cysts this time. but i have a history of cysts. so while taking this medicine i noticed a difference. i saw my ob again she told me it would just “take time”…. i then left my base because i am now stationed in korea. so my time in-between bases i was home on leave. i started experiencing the same issues once again. along with a killer yeast infection. i started taking anti biotics but the pain and urine issues were so annoying i decided to go to the urgent care. they turned me away and told me to go to the er. the doctor told me my ultrasound was okay besides the one large cyst on my left ovary had the possibility to cause pain.. which i feel. and she said right now nothing was an emergency so she could only treat me for the yeast infection and to follow up with an OBGYN. and that there was no way pid was still possible at this point. so then i called my insurance to try to get approval for an OB and they had to give me a primary care provider first, so by the time i saw one she gave me a referral and no OBGYNs would take me in a short time. so i was screwed. i went for a follow up with them and she did a pelvic exam and more tests for chlamydia and all. everything was negative. so nothing i could besides suck it up. i just now get to my base in korea and we have no obgyn readily available. i went to my doctor and gave him this entire same story because now I’m having a lot of discharge and bad cramping spotting and also bloating and urinary issues again and he did cultures and said it looked like some sort of infection…. he told me it was most likely not pid anymore… and also said i probably have interstitial cystitis… he told me to change my diet and come back in two weeks. I’m tired of this. i want to be better but i just don’t understand what is going on with me. i asked to be referred to an OB at another base about three hours away but he said it wouldn’t do any good. I’m just exhausted and feel helpless and i want this fixed before anything else goes wrong…… so now i have to wait two weeks to be seen again.. i don’t understand how i am diagnosed with this when this problem has been happening only since i got chlamydia.. that was back in march. i just need answers or someone with advice who has gone through this that can help me at all..

Hi @kas1792, and welcome to Connect. Thanks for sharing with the community. I can only imagine how frustrating it is not having a clear treatment path. I’d like to introduce you to @operationqueen, @rdrdhap and @suzette, as they may all be able to provide some insight and advice. I’d also encourage you to read this information on interstitial cystitis from Mayo Clinic: http://mayocl.in/1v8Vak4. Have you altered your diet or thought about ways you could change it? Also, have you found any remedies that relieve the pain?

Sorry to horn in @kas1792, since I can’t give you any advice from personal experience. But I maintain surveillance on the Mayo Connect for mentions of Ciprofloxacin and Levaquin, both of which are fluoroquinolone medications, and are under sharp warnings from the Food and Drug Administration regarding their use. You mentioned that military doctors prescribed both medications for your use over at least medium terms, which may be hazardous. For specific information, see https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a688016.html which lays out the warnings that were issued in May 2016, two months after your initial infection was examined by your military doctor.

The side effects from this medication don’t appear to be related to your underlying symptoms, but steady long-term use of fluroquinolones could complicate your situation, so we wanted to clear up any potential hazard from that medication. I’d also suggest that you try to obtain a comprehensive diagnosis of your symptoms from a team of physicians, not simply an OB or two. And as necessary, insist on a referral to another doctor or group of physicians, using your right to petition up the command chain for alternative evaluations of your condition.

@predictable

Sorry to horn in @kas1792, since I can’t give you any advice from personal experience. But I maintain surveillance on the Mayo Connect for mentions of Ciprofloxacin and Levaquin, both of which are fluoroquinolone medications, and are under sharp warnings from the Food and Drug Administration regarding their use. You mentioned that military doctors prescribed both medications for your use over at least medium terms, which may be hazardous. For specific information, see https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a688016.html which lays out the warnings that were issued in May 2016, two months after your initial infection was examined by your military doctor.

The side effects from this medication don’t appear to be related to your underlying symptoms, but steady long-term use of fluroquinolones could complicate your situation, so we wanted to clear up any potential hazard from that medication. I’d also suggest that you try to obtain a comprehensive diagnosis of your symptoms from a team of physicians, not simply an OB or two. And as necessary, insist on a referral to another doctor or group of physicians, using your right to petition up the command chain for alternative evaluations of your condition.

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my sympathies to you kas1792, all I know is stay away from Cipro and Levaquin, I tried Cipro many years ago and had awful side effects also Levaquin, maybe Keflex and Amox TR-K-Clv generic for Augumentin will help.

Hi, my daughter has interstitial cystitis and has had the annoying urge to frequently urinate. At first she thought she had a uti, but this was not the case. She has had success with controlling her diet, albeit, she has had to do without several things that she likes. Some of these things include chocolate, tomato products, anything with a citrus flavor, sodas. The list is long and she is left with a very bland diet. Occasionally she will go off her diet, but tries her best to adhere closely to it.
I hope this helps you. I know how hard it is to forgo so many items that you like and are used to eating. Good luck to you.

Did it ever go away? Please respond.

Hi, @poppysmith. Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You'd asked about whether it might have gone away, and I'm wondering if you meant the symptoms after chlamydia treatment @kas179 mentioned like discharge and abdominal bloating, cramping, irregular periods, spotting and bleeding during intercourse, pressure in my bladder, urine frequency and burning?

If you are comfortable sharing, I'm wondering if you have also experienced this diagnosis or some of these symptoms, @poppysmith?

@cbs61752

Hi, my daughter has interstitial cystitis and has had the annoying urge to frequently urinate. At first she thought she had a uti, but this was not the case. She has had success with controlling her diet, albeit, she has had to do without several things that she likes. Some of these things include chocolate, tomato products, anything with a citrus flavor, sodas. The list is long and she is left with a very bland diet. Occasionally she will go off her diet, but tries her best to adhere closely to it.
I hope this helps you. I know how hard it is to forgo so many items that you like and are used to eating. Good luck to you.

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Hi, @cbs61752 – how are you doing? How is your daughter doing with her interstitial cystitis and the urge to frequently urinate?

@kas1792 – how are things going with the problems you were experiencing after your treatment for chlamydia?

It sound like the same thing going on with me, but they keep saying ain’t nun wrong but this pain is starting to be unbearable

@lifesha12

It sound like the same thing going on with me, but they keep saying ain’t nun wrong but this pain is starting to be unbearable

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Hi, @lifesha12 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Sounds like your pain is quite bad.

You mentioned a similar thing was happening with you as in a previous post in this discussion. Wondering if you could share a bit more background? Are you having pain after having chlamydia?

Hi, @lifesha12 – just wondering how things are going with the unbearable pain you mentioned?

After taking my medicine for this infection afterwards I still have lots of yellowish discharge can someone tell me why?

@junny500

After taking my medicine for this infection afterwards I still have lots of yellowish discharge can someone tell me why?

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Hi, @junny500 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Sorry to hear about the discharge.

Hoping that @lifesha12 and @poppysmith may have some insights on the residual discharge. @travelgirl and @contentandwell may also have some thoughts.

In the meantime, here is some Mayo Clinic information on chlamydia https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chlamydia/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355355. This section may have applicability to what you mentioned about the discharge: "In most cases, the infection resolves within one to two weeks. During that time, you should abstain from sex. Your sexual partner or partners also need treatment even if they have no signs or symptoms. Otherwise, the infection can be passed back and forth between sexual partners."

Other than this discharge @juny500, how are you feeling?

@lisalucier

Hi, @junny500 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Sorry to hear about the discharge.

Hoping that @lifesha12 and @poppysmith may have some insights on the residual discharge. @travelgirl and @contentandwell may also have some thoughts.

In the meantime, here is some Mayo Clinic information on chlamydia https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chlamydia/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355355. This section may have applicability to what you mentioned about the discharge: "In most cases, the infection resolves within one to two weeks. During that time, you should abstain from sex. Your sexual partner or partners also need treatment even if they have no signs or symptoms. Otherwise, the infection can be passed back and forth between sexual partners."

Other than this discharge @juny500, how are you feeling?

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@lisalucier @junny500 Sorry, but I have no experience or knowledge about vaginal discharges or urinary tract discharges.

I do have experience with having to urinate frequently — urinary incontinence — and know that citrus, carbonated beverages, coffee, tea, and chocolate can exacerbate the problem. I rarely drink carbonated beverages now, but I do continue to drink coffee, and occasionally tea and do not find coffee to be a huge problem. I read that coffee is not really a diuretic in people who are acclimated to drinking it, and I believe that to be true of me. I also do eat chocolate and have not noticed that to be a problem for me either.
JK

Im having the same issues. Burning, itchy, painful urination and throbbing after being treated for chylmidia. Im always very crampy so I'm not concerned about PID. No strange or out of the ordinary discharge. Cleared for a UTI at the time of the chlymidia test.

I drank a probiotic smoothie and got some yogurt to balance my vaginal flora. I got a 1 day tioconazole for yeast infection treatment too. I know theyre common after anitbiotics.

I think i may have interstitial cystitis mentioned above. Ive had this pelvic/lower back pain for years now and manage my diet well to control further pain. Only reason i knew to get tested for the chlymidia was because i was cramping badly like it was my period. Then i had the most painful period of my life. All with a rapid heart beat like i knew my body was fighting something. The rest of this discomfort passed being treated is baffling.

Again, i hope its just a yeast infection. I still have anti biotics for misdiagnosed uti if i really think the chlymidia hasn't cleared…

@softame45

Im having the same issues. Burning, itchy, painful urination and throbbing after being treated for chylmidia. Im always very crampy so I'm not concerned about PID. No strange or out of the ordinary discharge. Cleared for a UTI at the time of the chlymidia test.

I drank a probiotic smoothie and got some yogurt to balance my vaginal flora. I got a 1 day tioconazole for yeast infection treatment too. I know theyre common after anitbiotics.

I think i may have interstitial cystitis mentioned above. Ive had this pelvic/lower back pain for years now and manage my diet well to control further pain. Only reason i knew to get tested for the chlymidia was because i was cramping badly like it was my period. Then i had the most painful period of my life. All with a rapid heart beat like i knew my body was fighting something. The rest of this discomfort passed being treated is baffling.

Again, i hope its just a yeast infection. I still have anti biotics for misdiagnosed uti if i really think the chlymidia hasn't cleared…

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Hi, @softame45 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Sorry to hear about the pain, throbbing and itching after being treated for chlamydia.

Hoping that @junny500 @lifesha12 @poppysmith may have some input for you on these symptoms.

Has your doctor weighed in on these symptoms you are having post-treatment, @softame45? If so, what did he or she say about it? Are you thinking of asking your doctor about interstitial cystitis, since you mentioned this was a potential concern?

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