1. Where does the bacteria that causes a UTI come from? Am I picking it up from public toilets? Does it live in my body all the time? What specifically triggers an infection?
2. I know that urine is produced in the kidneys, and travels to the bladder . If a healthy bladder holds maybe 12-15 ounces of urine, how does the kidney know when to stop production of urine until the bladder is emptied? And, if the BLADDER for some reason does NOT hold the usual amount of urine then how does the kidney hold off on urine production until the bladder is emptied. For example, I have been measuring the amount of urine I pass at any five time, and NEVER come up with anything approaching even 10 ounces. Most times that I void, it is between 3-5 ounces. That means I have ti urinate frequently. I had surgery to fix a prolapsed bladder. Could the bladder have been ‘pinched’ or placed incorrectly, so that the capacity is less than normal? And, if so, does that make my kidneys work extra to release urine? And, if the bladder WAS crimped or placed incorrectly, could that have an effect on bacteria in my urine not being expelled often enough, thus causing a build up that results in a UTI?
3. Will an ultrasound show if my bladder was placed incorrectly, or crimped during the surgery? And if it was, how can that be repaired (if at all possible)?
4. If anyone else has had bladder surgery to correct a prolapse, and has suffered FREQUENT UTIs (by frequent I mean about every 8-10 WEEKS) PLEASE tell me if you have had any success in correcting the problem. I was placed on a program of antibiotics that I took EVERY DAY, did not have a UTI for about 6-7 months, then while still taking the antibiotic, developed another UTI!!
THIS IS DRIVING ME CRAZY! And it cannot possibly be good for my health.
When I last saw the urologist, I gave a urine specimen. It was tested CLEAR, but I was only able to pass about 2 ounces. They did an ultrasound and said I was EMPTYING MY BLADDER! So, if that small amount of urine emptied my bladder, that tells me that the CAPACITY of my bladder is NOT normal!
I drink a lot of water, and severely limit my intake of coffee, sugary drinks and other liquids.