A Women's Health Question

Lounge By Texas_Rose Updated 11 Nov 2009 , 1:35pm by beanbean

Texas_Rose Posted 10 Nov 2009 , 10:44pm
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My mom keeps getting UTI's. She's had probably 5 in the last year. Her doctor prescribes antibiotics for it each time. She's tried the things they say should prevent it...cranberry juice, drinking lots of water, going to the restroom after intercourse, etc...but nothing helps. Her doctor's office is so busy that she usually doesn't get in to see them until she's really sick.

If any of you have had the same problem, is there something more that the doctor can do? She's been to the gynecologist for it too because she can get seen there without waiting two weeks...same thing, he prescribed a 5 day course of antibiotics. I'm wondering if she should see a urologist or ask her doctor for a long-term antibiotic prescription. Her doctor doesn't really do much in the way of preventative care, I think he likes billing for lots of office visits, so if there's anything that can be done for her, she would have to ask the doctor about it, he won't suggest anything.

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Callyssa Posted 10 Nov 2009 , 11:24pm
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I had this same problem when I first got married. Finally, both my husband and I were treated with antibiotics and I've only had one or two since. I don't know if this is still available, but there was something I had bought over the counter called CYSTEX that totally helped with the pain/discomfort. It has some kind of anesthetic in it so the first time she goes potty after taking it she will still have discomfort but after that it numbs the urinary tract. It's not a fix, but definitely helps to deal with the symptoms until the antibiotics kick in. If that is not available anymore there is a prescription called PYRIDIUM that does the same thing. I had trouble getting Dr.s to prescribe it for some reason. Probably because they were males and had never felt a UTI before!!

Also, the Cystex turns your urine orange, and the Pyridium turns it purple....just so she won't freak out if she takes either one! LOL

Now....not to scare you, but keep in the back of your mind....there is something else called Interstitial Cystitis (or IC) where the lining of the urinary tract gets destroyed and the symptoms FEEL like a UTI. If you google it you will find lots of information about it.

And finally.....LOL If she's been taking frequent antibiotics she could also get a systemic yeast infection (also hard to get diagnosed, and lots of Dr.s won't treat without positive proof) and that can cause a lot of discomfort too. It's different than a regular yeast infection; very tender and painful. I have problems with yeast, so have a standing prescription for Fluconazole, an oral anti fungal. Sometimes I have to take it twice, four or so days apart for it to really work. Hope all this helps in some way!

LaBellaFlor Posted 10 Nov 2009 , 11:56pm
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She needs to go see a urologist (sp?). If all the doctor does is give anti-biotics and she still gets them, it's not just a regular 'ol infection. A specialist will be able to do further testing and get to the heart of the problem. A regular doctor can only do so much. My friend was going through the same thing and she had to go the urologist. I can't remeber what it was she had, but she ended up needing surgery.

Rachie204 Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 12:28am
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My grandmother has this issue and she has seen numerous doctors/urologist. Noone has been able to help...Good luck and please update if you find a solution.

JaeRodriguez Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 12:58am
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I kept being diagnosed with UTI's and bladder infections while I was pregnant with my DS, but they kept putting me on meds and the symptoms came back so they sent me to a urologist, I had two kidney stones! I have passed them both and haven't had a problem since! Not saying this is what's wrong with her, but I am saying maybe she should see the urologist!

costumeczar Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 2:26am
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I just took my FIL to the doctor (yes, LaBella, another doctor visit) for a possible UTI that he says keeps coming back, and they put him on a low-dose antibiotic for 30 days. The 5 days treatment isn't long enough most of the time, you need to be on it for a week to ten days. I used to work at a pharmacy, and as I'm writing this I'm remembering that the pharmacist would say "they'll be back" whenever anyone came in with a 5-day prescription.

See if she can get a prescription for 10 days, or 30 if it's really persistent and she's been on the 10-day course before. Sometimes the bacteria is just tenacious and you have to take the longer course to knock everything out of you

LaBellaFlor Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 2:27am
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

I just took my FIL to the doctor (yes, LaBella, another doctor visit) for a possible UTI that he says keeps coming back, and they put him on a low-dose antibiotic for 30 days. The 5 days treatment isn't long enough most of the time, you need to be on it for a week to ten days. I used to work at a pharmacy, and as I'm writing this I'm remembering that the pharmacist would say "they'll be back" whenever anyone came in with a 5-day prescription.

See if she can get a prescription for 10 days, or 30 if it's really persistent and she's been on the 10-day course before. Sometimes the bacteria is just tenacious and you have to take the longer course to knock everything out of you




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dailey Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 4:16am
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you should look into this product... http://products.mercola.com/d-mannose/

it *really* does work...speaking from personal experience.

AverageMom Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 4:36am
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Too many antibiotics!!! I had this same problem a few years ago. She needs to get a doctor to take her seriously, and check her out for IC, as suggested above. In the meantime, avoid citrus (including tomato) and other acidic foods.

Texas_Rose Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 4:46am
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I just called my mom and suggested seeing a urologist, and she said, "Isn't that where men go when they have penis problems? I'm going to be the only woman in a whole waiting room of men with penis problems!"

It's strange, she's only started having this problem after she was completely through menopause.

Jen80 Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 12:35pm
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Probiotics should cure it. Get her to take them for a fair while. She can take them for the rest of her life if she really wants.

It could be candida albicans (thrush, yeast) spreading to her urinary tract after laundry icon_lol.gif

You can have thrush and not have any visible symptoms. In fact most people have it, even men. It is a normal bacteria which resides in our bodies, but causes problems when it gets out of balance. It's symtoms are not only vag thrush, but dizziness, stomache upsets, depression, the list goes on and on and............on.

If this is the problem, then antibiotics (depending on which type, especially broad spectrum ones) will most likely make it worse.

Lil' story:
Went to doctor many years ago for female complaint icon_redface.gif .

Doc: Here take these antibiotics, they should cure it.

Me: But won't that make it WORSE?!

Doc: Yes.......................probably icon_redface.gif .



You CAN challenge your doctor, they are only people too.

beanbean Posted 11 Nov 2009 , 1:35pm
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Has her doctor cultured her urine? There is a fair amount of antibiotic resistance to bugs like E.Coli (most common UTI bacteria) and it varies by region. I prescribe based on my hospital's resistance profile and then if the culture comes back as resistant we call the patient and change the antibiotic. UTIs are very common in older woman, but recurrent infections should be worked up by a specialist.

I agree she should she a urologist. Yes, men go to see urologists, but plenty of women go too. There are some urologists, especially female urologists, who specialize in female patients. Another option is to see a uro-gynecologist; they specialize in all those female parts down there.

BTW pyridium turns your urine orange, not purple. It is an antispasmotic and helps with the pain and discomfort with the UTI, but will not treat the root cause.

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