Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI)

Posted by mpeters @mpeters, Feb 19, 2018

I have had four uti’s in the last eight months. Of those eight, I had three in three months. I’m wondering if I should see a specialist. I like my primary care provider but he is very busy. Also, if you know of anything I can be doing until my next appointment with my primary care provider, which is three months away.

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That's way too many in such a short period of time, are you a kidney transplant ? You should see a urologist or your nephrologist if your a transplant.

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@renarikiw

Just saw an infectious disease doc at Penn for similar problem. Mine got so bad that I went into septic shock one time and ended in the ICU and the others became sepsis. Apparently I have a colonization of ecology iin either my bladder or ureathea. No decision of continuing treatment until my other docs give their opinions due to other issues.

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Have you found the answers to you issue

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Always feeling bad. Blood work is great. My dr says I am fine. I do have Recurrent UTI s. But no real bad symptoms. So no meds are given. Just discusted and want to feel better

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@sandyhelman

Always feeling bad. Blood work is great. My dr says I am fine. I do have Recurrent UTI s. But no real bad symptoms. So no meds are given. Just discusted and want to feel better

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Hi @sandyhelman, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Can you explain a bit more? Are you feeling generally in poor health? How do you manage the recurring urinary tract infections?

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The dr does not give me antibiotics unless I bleed etc. which I don’t. Sex will bring it on. They won’t put me on a daily dose. About10 years ago I had a bladder prolapse and they put two mesh inside me to hold up the bladder
I have a little more prolapse. A rectacyle. No one seems to want to remove the mesh.

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@sandyhelman

The dr does not give me antibiotics unless I bleed etc. which I don’t. Sex will bring it on. They won’t put me on a daily dose. About10 years ago I had a bladder prolapse and they put two mesh inside me to hold up the bladder
I have a little more prolapse. A rectacyle. No one seems to want to remove the mesh.

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Thanks for explaining, Sandy.
Mayo Clinic offers these prevention tips https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-tract-infection/symptoms-causes/syc-20353447
– Drink plenty of liquids, especially water. Drinking water helps dilute your urine and ensures that you'll urinate more frequently — allowing bacteria to be flushed from your urinary tract before an infection can begin.
– Drink cranberry juice. Although studies are not conclusive that cranberry juice prevents UTIs, it is likely not harmful.
– Wipe from front to back. Doing so after urinating and after a bowel movement helps prevent bacteria in the anal region from spreading to the vagina and urethra.
– Empty your bladder soon after intercourse. Also, drink a full glass of water to help flush bacteria.
– Avoid potentially irritating feminine products. Using deodorant sprays or other feminine products, such as douches and powders, in the genital area can irritate the urethra.
– Change your birth control method. Diaphragms, or unlubricated or spermicide-treated condoms, can all contribute to bacterial growth.

You may also be interested in these discussions:
– Bladder lift surgery (Prolapse repair) https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mrs/
– recurrent bladder infections after prolapse surgery https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/recurrent-bladder-infections-after-prolapse-surgery/

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@colleenyoung

Thanks for explaining, Sandy.
Mayo Clinic offers these prevention tips https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-tract-infection/symptoms-causes/syc-20353447
– Drink plenty of liquids, especially water. Drinking water helps dilute your urine and ensures that you'll urinate more frequently — allowing bacteria to be flushed from your urinary tract before an infection can begin.
– Drink cranberry juice. Although studies are not conclusive that cranberry juice prevents UTIs, it is likely not harmful.
– Wipe from front to back. Doing so after urinating and after a bowel movement helps prevent bacteria in the anal region from spreading to the vagina and urethra.
– Empty your bladder soon after intercourse. Also, drink a full glass of water to help flush bacteria.
– Avoid potentially irritating feminine products. Using deodorant sprays or other feminine products, such as douches and powders, in the genital area can irritate the urethra.
– Change your birth control method. Diaphragms, or unlubricated or spermicide-treated condoms, can all contribute to bacterial growth.

You may also be interested in these discussions:
– Bladder lift surgery (Prolapse repair) https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mrs/
– recurrent bladder infections after prolapse surgery https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/recurrent-bladder-infections-after-prolapse-surgery/

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@sandyhelman
@colleenyoung
Hello kids,
When I went to the hospital with a kidney stone and had an infection I said to the doctor ”It’s a good thing I’ve been drinking cranberry juice” and his reply was ”The only thing cranberry juice does for you is make you fat”
I've had many lady friends who swear by it.
My dad who was a quadriplegic and prone to UTI’s was told there was nothing better to drink than water.
I won’t say one way or the other whether it works or not but the medical research seems to refute the theory.
Jake

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@sandyhelman

Always feeling bad. Blood work is great. My dr says I am fine. I do have Recurrent UTI s. But no real bad symptoms. So no meds are given. Just discusted and want to feel better

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@sandyhelman
Hi, @sandyhelman and welcome from me, too. @colleenyoung had some great suggestions for preventative measures! What symptoms are you having? If You say that sex brings on the problem, drink water before and after sex. This will insure that any bacteria are washed away. You might also see a urologist or gynecologist to see if there could be a low grade infection in the perineal area. Also doctors don’t like to use antibiotics unless there is a documented infection. Overuse of antibiotics has led to the growth of superbugs that are very hard to get rid of. Please try some of these suggestions and then let us know how you’re doing

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@jakedduck1

@sandyhelman
@colleenyoung
Hello kids,
When I went to the hospital with a kidney stone and had an infection I said to the doctor ”It’s a good thing I’ve been drinking cranberry juice” and his reply was ”The only thing cranberry juice does for you is make you fat”
I've had many lady friends who swear by it.
My dad who was a quadriplegic and prone to UTI’s was told there was nothing better to drink than water.
I won’t say one way or the other whether it works or not but the medical research seems to refute the theory.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 I guess it is not proven, but then there are a lot of things that help SOME people but because they don't help everyone are not proven. Cranberry juice has been recommended for years. I have run into other things that are not medical doctrine because not everyone is the same. If some people think cranberry juice does help them, then maybe it does. I've avoided it myself to not add extra calories but then UTIs have never been a problem for me.
JK

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@sandyhelman

Always feeling bad. Blood work is great. My dr says I am fine. I do have Recurrent UTI s. But no real bad symptoms. So no meds are given. Just discusted and want to feel better

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Hi, @sandyhelman ! I just read through yours and other members’ posts.
It definitely is depressing to never feel really good. I do understand why the doctors won’t give you antibiotics unless there is proof of infection. You seem to have a couple of predisposing factors- cystocele and rectocele, right? Even if you had one procedure done in the past doesn’t mean that it could not be improved. Have you seen specialists in this field? Gynecology/ urology? Check to see if your closest major hospital offer this. You can’t continue with infections and discomfort.

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I am going to see if indeed it can be improved. My Pcp won’t give me antibiotics unless my uti is extra bad like bleeding and burning

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@sandyhelman Hello and welcome. I am Carol, a retired teacher of 45 years. I have a long history of UTI's. My problem was usually a result of not going to the bathroom during the day. UTI's are often called Teachers' Disease. Teachers can't leave students alone, so holding it was the only way and not drinking fluids. This finally reached the point that my PCP would not treat me for the problem but sent me to a urologist. He was very stern about drinking water often and going to the bathroom regularly. He would never prescribe any meds unless he had lab results that warranted them. Eventually, we got the situation under control and I have had only one UTI in the last four years. So that is considered "normal." I no longer work. I retired and am able to drink water all day and go to the restroom as needed. Whatever is causing your frequent UTI's can probably best be addressed by a urologist; that's their training. Can you get an appointment and see one to get help? I hope this can be diagnosed and resolved. Will you let us know what you find out?
Carol

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