As part of my self care from time to time i always take an urine sample every two months or when i suspect something for test. Prior taking any anti bio i must assure myself the exact type of infection or culture is present. not all are effective and i hate taking pills any sort of pills. this can only be done by sample test. well that is how i see it There is always some sort of e coli presence which doctors tell me to ignore and is also a very common symptom in non Cath users and AB people too. usually lots of water and cathing keeps it at bay. camburry juice here is more sugar than juice so i do not take it. Anyway r i called up uro dept today for the results which confirmed a culture has been detected , ie meaning there is infection. i had noticed that i had leaked on holiday day too and was suspicious of infection. i had increased my cath routine and added another oxybutylne 5mg tablet to 3 a day with no effect. Sad i had other holiday plans too now i'm all grumpy and edgy being on the miss. My current life style does not help, being in dusty construction sites and also a change of environment when on holiday has not helped. i am very aware of cleanliness but still from time to time get these infections, sort of 3 a year. This time no foul smell, no cloudy colour classic visual signs so i was sort of taken aback only minor leak which i now take as another classic sign. i will start anti bio tomorrow when doctor views my record sheet.
delboy..sorry to hear the UTI news...they sure are a nightmare ....
Sometimes no matter how strictly clean our cathing procedure is, it is still unavoidable to prevent an infection..unfortunately.
My urologist advised pro-biotics and lemon squeezed in water...but drink plenty throughout the day...in addition to the cranberry and everything else you are doing.
We seem to know when these infections are here ourselves before they are detectable ..when i have noticed one trying to make an appearance sometimes ive tried to flush through with the lemon water. Sometimes it isnt effective enough and i end up needing meds.
delboy I also suffer from constant UTI's (mainly E-Coli) but about twice a month. I'm going to give in a sample tomorrow for a culture and fingers crossed (even though I physically can't) it comes back as negative. I make sure the intermittent catheterization (IC) get done extremely cleanly and I take cranberry/D-Mannose supplements, drink plenty of water, take probiotics but still no luck. I hope one day (soon) they figure something out for our bladders and UTI's. If I could get one function back I'd choose bladder function. I'm sorry to hear that it's leaking and is preventing you from going on holiday, I hope you get your antibiotics and get it resolved soon!
It may be the dreaded E coil UTI again. just finished the antibiotics but i still leak. This time its strange, no leak at night, wake and up cath. one hour later a small leak. then nothing. Either the UTI is still there, bladder is irritated, or the botox injections i took have run its course. My stress level has been a bit high this month to. Today i will take an urine sample to hospital and wait 4 days for results.
I take botox injections every 6-8 months to paralyse an over active bladder and stop leaking. i did it last March Least to say i take no meds what so ever. A sign when botox has run its course is when i start to leak. I'm due for the next shot in October.
Frequent urine infections are a cause for deep concern, not just because they are uncomfortable — life-threatening in some cases, but there's an increasing risk of the pathogens becoming resistant to common antibiotics. Microbial resistance is a constant worry. I am currently taking Pivmecillinam for an E. coli infection. Thankfully it is still sensitive to four common antibiotics: trimethoprim, Pivmecillinam, nitrofurantoin and Augmentin. I always send a urine sample off to the lab when I feel that I have an infection. I quiz my doctor about the results. I asked what kind of bug I am infected with and what it is sensitive to. I change my antibiotics around, so the pathogens have less chance of building up a resistance to any particular antibiotic. I also ask for the lab report to be printed out. This is the second infection I've had in a couple of months. Prior to this one, I was infected with Proteus, another bug that lives in the stomach. This was sensitive to Pivmecillinam and Augmentin but not trimethoprim or nitrofurantoin. I noticed that my urine is incredibly cloudy with Proteus infections, whereas E. coli doesn't cause such cloudiness. My first symptoms are heavy spasms. The spasms are continuous and prolonged and cause my blood pressure to rise. I quickly go into Dysreflexic territory. Next comes the headaches and the temperatures. Sometimes I really do fear for my life, my blood pressure going through the roof with each spasm. Constantly taking nifedipine under the tongue when I have urine infections. Yes, my one dread is microbial resistance. I would say the worst infections are Pseudomonas aeruginosa. These are sensitive to ciprofloxacin (Cipro). No other ordinary antibiotic is effective. Don't let infections get out of control, that's my advice. They could become systemic in which case you will end up with sepsis. Sometimes I go six or eight months before getting infections and other times they occur frequently, maybe once a month or even twice if I'm unlucky. My heart sinks if I see hazy urine and I'm spasming. Thank you for raising this very threatening topic.