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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Hi empeters from Georgia in Australia RE: UTIs—- 4 UTI's in 8 months is annoying but not a lot for older women. My urologist says "you have this opening down there"!! And the bacteria can get through easily. !!What do you know !!!
Well, I have a UTI every 20 days because I am incontinent, meaning I am sitting often in urine wet nappies.!! So I expect to have to see an ID specialist about long term use — something a bit "heftier and tailored to my level of infections.
But, it you have 4 in 8 months then maybe ask you GP about using a preventative, something called HIPREX . The ID specialist told me it was an "antiseptic" and my friend who is 75 and not incontinent uses it and says it does the job. It is take BEFORE , not to clear up a UTI. It is not an antibiotic.
Ask your GP.
Just a side comment' Bacterium of UTI's are "smart little cookies". They have crafty ways to "avoid" the antibiotic that is sent in to kill them. One of them for instance actually takes the antibiotic in and then "spits it out". !!So there .!!! That is why the lab tells you that 'some antibiotics will not work for you"
They know this little guy is "spitting".!! On the blood test you will see a little "S"or a "R". Susceptible or Resistant. Learn to read you blood and urine tests –it seems hard at first but boy do you get lots of information. !!

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This is my first post because I’m at my wit’s end. Since December 2019, I’ve had around eight UTIs. One of them ended up being so severe it put me in the ER (July 2020). I was so weak that when trying to give a urine sample (I couldn’t pee) my muscles felt like they were on fire and my legs started shaking. I’ve also had cellulitis twice now (I currently have it).

The doctors drew my blood for testing and did urine cultures the last two times I had an UTI. They didn’t inform me of anything significant from any of the samples and cultures.

I have NEVER in my life had so many health problems one right after the other. It’s become draining mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. Has anyone else had this kind of problem?

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@marigrace89

This is my first post because I’m at my wit’s end. Since December 2019, I’ve had around eight UTIs. One of them ended up being so severe it put me in the ER (July 2020). I was so weak that when trying to give a urine sample (I couldn’t pee) my muscles felt like they were on fire and my legs started shaking. I’ve also had cellulitis twice now (I currently have it).

The doctors drew my blood for testing and did urine cultures the last two times I had an UTI. They didn’t inform me of anything significant from any of the samples and cultures.

I have NEVER in my life had so many health problems one right after the other. It’s become draining mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. Has anyone else had this kind of problem?

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Hi @marigrace89 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You'll notice that I moved your question to this existing discussion about recurring urinary tract infections in the Kidney & Bladder group. I did this so you can read posts other members have written on the topic and to connect you with members like @nene22 @contentandwell @jakedduck1 @retiredteacher @baxtersmom

You might also be interested in this discussion with an informative post by @dawn_giacabazi
– female frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs) https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/female-frequent-urinary-tract-infections-utis/

And this discussion about cellulitis
– Cellulitis and Sepsis just released from the hospital https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/cellulitis-and-sepsis-just-released-from-the-hospital-1/

Marigrace, have the doctors indicated any reason for the recurring UTIs? Do you know what caused the cellulitis?

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@marigrace89

This is my first post because I’m at my wit’s end. Since December 2019, I’ve had around eight UTIs. One of them ended up being so severe it put me in the ER (July 2020). I was so weak that when trying to give a urine sample (I couldn’t pee) my muscles felt like they were on fire and my legs started shaking. I’ve also had cellulitis twice now (I currently have it).

The doctors drew my blood for testing and did urine cultures the last two times I had an UTI. They didn’t inform me of anything significant from any of the samples and cultures.

I have NEVER in my life had so many health problems one right after the other. It’s become draining mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. Has anyone else had this kind of problem?

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@marigrace89
Good morning,
I personally am not familiar with the UTI problem. I don't remember ever having one myself. Although my memory is nothing to write home about.
My only experience with UTIs that I remember are my mom had a couple and my dad had many, he was a quadriplegic and they prone to them and had sepsis many times because of them.
He was on IV antibiotics which between the medication and all the water they forced down him they went away.
Drinking water is very essential in UTI’s and there prevention. When you can’t drink anymore drink it anyway. I try to drink 4 L of fluid a day, mostly water, which is slightly more than 1 gallon. They help to prevent kidney stones too which is my problem.
Although there is no medical proof that cranberry actually prevents or cures kidney stones there is a substance in cranberry juice that helps bacteria to not stick to the bladder wall. But if I understand it correctly it takes a great deal of the juice to accomplish this feat. Also keeping your urine acidic helps too, Citrus is the gold standard for kidney stones and putting lemon in your water will probably help. If you choose to drink cranberry juice get the unsweetened or maybe take the cranberry capsules be sure you’re getting enough vitamin C. Also you should stop any caffeine and alcohol. These are hard on the bladder under the best of circumstances.
Drink drink drink drink and then drink some more
Good luck,
Jake

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Margigrace,
While once I thought that UTI's were a female preserve, I have found out differently.
My thought is that you might investigate your immune system status. It is entirely within reason that this reoccurrence is due to a weak response.
Learning the cause of this may be the start of a better life.

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@nene22

Do you take tub baths? I used to get them all the time when I took bubble baths.

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Oh absolutely not! I was never a fan of baths to begin with. I think my last one was eight or nine years ago.

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I have been going thru the UTI battle since post menopause. I have symptoms, the whole 9 yards and culture is completely negative. My doctor is saying that because I don't use estrogen (topical) that the urethra is inflamed and that is what is causing the symptoms. You can also have colonization (apparently) but no infection????? In any case, it is painful and frustrating.

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Drinking pure cranberry juice, helps prevent Uti's

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@marigrace89

This is my first post because I’m at my wit’s end. Since December 2019, I’ve had around eight UTIs. One of them ended up being so severe it put me in the ER (July 2020). I was so weak that when trying to give a urine sample (I couldn’t pee) my muscles felt like they were on fire and my legs started shaking. I’ve also had cellulitis twice now (I currently have it).

The doctors drew my blood for testing and did urine cultures the last two times I had an UTI. They didn’t inform me of anything significant from any of the samples and cultures.

I have NEVER in my life had so many health problems one right after the other. It’s become draining mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. Has anyone else had this kind of problem?

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@marigrace89
Good evening from California,
First of all I’m not saying that I’m going to tell you it will necessarily work for you especially since you have another problem.
50% of UTI’s can be cured with drinking an excess amount of fluids. I have witnessed the success of doing so numerous times.
Water is the best. I saw someone else mentioned cranberry juice which obviously can’t hurt and will at least give you a change from water all the time. Cranberry juice has a chemical in it which prevents bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall although it still has not been confirmed that cranberry juice itself does in fact prevent UTIs although plenty of women swear by it so who knows.
it’s good that they’ve done cultures depending on your symptoms they may have done urine and blood cultures and if the urine cultures grew out a particular bacteria when they would test which antibiotics will kill it and so at that point they should’ve called you in a prescription. If you weren’t notified I would assume you may have another issue going on other than a UTI. If they did blood cultures they were most likely checking for septicemia to see if your infection went to your bloodstream. Several other medical conditions can mimic a UTI, one being a fungal infection. I’m not sure but I didn’t think a regular urine culture could detect fungus, maybe someone else knows. Quite a few nurses on here who might know.
DRINK UNTIL YOUR URINE IS EXTREMELY PALE OR EVEN BETTER NEARLY CLEAR!!
I assume your cellulitis is being aggressively treated?
How is it doing?
Hope your well soon,
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@marigrace89
Good evening from California,
First of all I’m not saying that I’m going to tell you it will necessarily work for you especially since you have another problem.
50% of UTI’s can be cured with drinking an excess amount of fluids. I have witnessed the success of doing so numerous times.
Water is the best. I saw someone else mentioned cranberry juice which obviously can’t hurt and will at least give you a change from water all the time. Cranberry juice has a chemical in it which prevents bacteria from adhering to the bladder wall although it still has not been confirmed that cranberry juice itself does in fact prevent UTIs although plenty of women swear by it so who knows.
it’s good that they’ve done cultures depending on your symptoms they may have done urine and blood cultures and if the urine cultures grew out a particular bacteria when they would test which antibiotics will kill it and so at that point they should’ve called you in a prescription. If you weren’t notified I would assume you may have another issue going on other than a UTI. If they did blood cultures they were most likely checking for septicemia to see if your infection went to your bloodstream. Several other medical conditions can mimic a UTI, one being a fungal infection. I’m not sure but I didn’t think a regular urine culture could detect fungus, maybe someone else knows. Quite a few nurses on here who might know.
DRINK UNTIL YOUR URINE IS EXTREMELY PALE OR EVEN BETTER NEARLY CLEAR!!
I assume your cellulitis is being aggressively treated?
How is it doing?
Hope your well soon,
Jake

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@jakedduck1 – You hit the nail on the head! Flush the infection away! Lots of water. Always told my daughters to do so. If there is pain or burning at the urethral opening, it helps with a warm sitzbath.

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@colleenyoung

Hi @marigrace89 and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You'll notice that I moved your question to this existing discussion about recurring urinary tract infections in the Kidney & Bladder group. I did this so you can read posts other members have written on the topic and to connect you with members like @nene22 @contentandwell @jakedduck1 @retiredteacher @baxtersmom

You might also be interested in this discussion with an informative post by @dawn_giacabazi
– female frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs) https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/female-frequent-urinary-tract-infections-utis/

And this discussion about cellulitis
– Cellulitis and Sepsis just released from the hospital https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/cellulitis-and-sepsis-just-released-from-the-hospital-1/

Marigrace, have the doctors indicated any reason for the recurring UTIs? Do you know what caused the cellulitis?

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@colleenyoung @marigrace89 I had been involved in this discussion in a minor way but the number of UTIs I have had you could quite literally count on the fingers of one hand. I had one of unknown origin, a couple of suspected ones that turned out to not be UTIs, and two from botox injections for incontinence.
I wish I could help but this is not an area in which I am very knowledgeable.
JK

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A female, middle age, family member has had recurrent UTI's with severe pain on the right flank. She has always been a swimmer and swim instructor. Her doctors are telling her she can never swim in the ocean, never swim in a pool or never take a bath again. She lives in the Cayman Islands. For someone that has been a life long swimmer, living in the Cayman Islands, this news is devastating for her. Interested on any feed back from others that may have had similar issues. I should add that she does have celiac disease which is controlled with diet.

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