What are the causes of chronic bladder infections?

Posted by Janet @40065, Mar 20, 2016

What are the causes of chronic bladder infections?

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Hi @40065, and welcome to Connect. I’m Alyse, and I’m one of the community moderators here. I found some information on the causes of chronic bladder infections (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cystitis/expert-answers/bladder-infection/faq-20057833). This link also includes a few lifestyle changes that may reduce the chance of getting a bladder infection.

Have you talked to your doctor about this?

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@alysebrunella

Hi @40065, and welcome to Connect. I’m Alyse, and I’m one of the community moderators here. I found some information on the causes of chronic bladder infections (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cystitis/expert-answers/bladder-infection/faq-20057833). This link also includes a few lifestyle changes that may reduce the chance of getting a bladder infection.

Have you talked to your doctor about this?

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Yes I have talked at length to my doctor about chronic bladder infections. Last year I had the complete exam, tests, and workup from 1st urology. I am scheduled in two weeks for another urology group to find out what was missed. I also have chronic yeast infections because I’m diabetic. I try to drink the required 2 liters of water a day. I am on my third round of antibiotic this time. It is debilitating and makes me very sick and I am afraid I am getting antibiotic resistant. Anything you can help me figure out I am most appreciative. It has been so bad that I have considered a trip to the Mayo clinic. 
Thank you,Janet Threet

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@40065, I can only imagine how frustrating and debilitating the infections must be. I’m not a medically trained professional, therefore I would encourage you to continue talking with your doctor to see if there are other treatments or medications that may help. Have you found any form of treatment that has helped or at least provided some relief?

I’ve included a link to Mayo Clinic’s Urology Department (http://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/urology) and would encourage you to request an appointment if you feel that it would be best for your health. Request an appointment here: http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63.

I’ve also tagged @jeananderson2014 who wrote about recurrent bladder infections last year. Jean, would you be willing to share your experience with Janet?

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Thank you. I have printed the suggestions from the Mayo Clinic and review them and talk to my doctor more. When I finish this third round of antibiotics we will see if it comes back and how fast. I have been having them for moe than 3 years and I don’t think they go completely away. I also think the bladder infections are the reason for my nausea and stomach upsets. Thanks for your help.

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@alysebrunella

Hi @40065, and welcome to Connect. I’m Alyse, and I’m one of the community moderators here. I found some information on the causes of chronic bladder infections (http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cystitis/expert-answers/bladder-infection/faq-20057833). This link also includes a few lifestyle changes that may reduce the chance of getting a bladder infection.

Have you talked to your doctor about this?

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Have you ruled out “honeymooners syndrome?” Partners can often pass an UTI back and forth. It is great to have a loving partner, but have him checked also!

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@40065

Thank you. I have printed the suggestions from the Mayo Clinic and review them and talk to my doctor more. When I finish this third round of antibiotics we will see if it comes back and how fast. I have been having them for moe than 3 years and I don’t think they go completely away. I also think the bladder infections are the reason for my nausea and stomach upsets. Thanks for your help.

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I had chronic UTIs for many years..so I know how frustrating it can be. I know this may seem very simplistic but it certainly can’t hurt. Take a cranberry pill daily (can be purchased very inexpensively at any pharmacy area.) Cranberry makes the lining of the bladder “slippery” which does not allow bacteria to stay attached to your bladder. You have probably been told to take cranberry juice daily, but since you are diabetic the pill is truly just as good, easier and cheaper. Again, very simple precaution…prior to intercourse clean vaginal area well with soap and water than after go to the bathroom to flush away any bacteria immediately and than clean again. Every time! Yeast can be an issue with taking lots of antibiotics and could be the culprit for your stomach issues…You may also want to think about taking a probiotic or yogurt daily…it may help! Hope these simple suggestions are helpful….made a difference for
me…Good Luck!!

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