(Closed) Not a UTI – so what is it?!

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 16
154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I can’t recommend D-Mannose enough as a preventative measure! S-e-r-i-o-u-s-l-y

Post # 17
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’ve had similar problems before. My thought is either 1) a pre-UTI, so take those antibiotics or 2) an irritated bladder.  One time I had a bad UTI that led to my bladder becoming inflamed and irritated. I had to go to a urologist who put me on a longer-term antibiotic and I maintained a bladder friendly diet for a few months (low acid, low caffeine, low soy). Weird, but that’s what happened to me. I am all better now! 

Post # 18
6730 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Mrs. Honeybee:  Although I agree that OP should take the antiobiotics, it’s not a guarantee that it will rid her of a UTI.  Antibiotics aren’t a guarantee, in general. I had a second UTI within a couple months of my first UTI, and antibiotics did NOT rid me of the infection.  After the treatment, I still had extremely painful urination… only flushing the system helped after that.

Flushing out the system is a great thing to do while taking antibiotics to further increase your chance of ridding yourself of the infection.

Post # 19
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

urinalysis doesn’t always show infection..you should have a urine c&s done to grow any bacteria, and then properly treat for what organisms are there and what antibiotics they may be sensitive to.

Post # 20
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

i didn’t read through everyone elses posts, that was just my two cents. that way you should be able to find out with more certainty, and then take abx if you need, otherwise move onto the next test to figure out what it is. if its uti it should not go untreated.

Post # 21
10650 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

There are multiple possible causes, but I would take the antibiotics that your doctor recommended.  If you have concerns about side effects from medication, discuss them with your doctor and sometimes the pharmacist has good suggestions as well.

Post # 22
811 posts
Busy bee

msnap2be:  I had this happen before, same thing the culture came back negative but it was still a bit crampy. I was reading that sometimes women can get bladder spasms? Or something similar. I really don’t know how to make it go away, but it doesn’t seem “bad” or life threatening or anything. Just sometimes it will happen.

But it does sound like a UTI. I wonder if it is in the upper tract that possibly the infection doesn’t show up early?

Post # 23
9057 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

msnap2be:  Save your money on the cranberry juice. It is just a myth that it cures UTI’s. What helps to cure them is the increase in fluids flushing out your system. Water is a much better alternative because even if you drink the cranberry juice without added sugar it still contains natural sugars which will increase the chances of things like thrush. This was confirmed by multiple urologist that I saw and is also in a multitude of scientific research papers.

I experienced frequent uti’s when undergoing chemo. As others have said the infection often does not show up in the standard tests and if it remain untreated can cause serious infection. 

But if you are resistant to taking the antibiotics just increase your water intake, make sure you wear loose cotton underwear and avoid irritants like caffine, carbonated drinks, spicy foods, sugary foods. Keep an eye on your progress and if you see no difference in 24hrs take the antibiotics or go back to the doctor.

Post # 24
14492 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

What j_jaye: said is true, even real cranberry juice is worthless and can actually create more irritation because of the acidy in it. Cranberry is good for preventing but not treating. Stops taking the AZO. I found out the hard way the problems with taking it. It can cause a allergic reaction to the antibiotics. It happened to me last year and my doctor said it’s a common problem with AZO. There are three levels of antibiotics to treat UTI’s. Find out which your on as you may need to move up a level if the current one isn’t working. They always say not to drink alcohol, but new research has shown that beer activates the kidneys and bladder with cause more frequent urination helping to flush the system faster. The yeast in beer can also help to bring down the acid levels in urine. Acidic urine kills the good bacteria in the system which allows the bad bacteria to grow. 

I hope you feel better soon.

Post # 25
59 posts
Worker bee

Do you find intercourse painful? Your pelvic floor might be very tense which is causing you to feel abdominal pain. If you keep getting negative cultures and you still feel like you have a UTI I would advise that you see a pelvic floor physio therapist.  

Ways to minimize bladder infecations:

drink 8 glasses of water a day

Take D mannose and cranberry extract pills 

Avoid constipation 

Take pro biotics ( Femina flora are probiotic pills you can insert into the vagina) it’s more direct 🙂 

wipe from front to back 

void atleast every 2-3 hours 


Post # 26
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I wasn’t sure until you got to the end and said that you have endometriosis.  You might have Interstitial Cystitis (an inflammation of the bladder).  IC and endo are called “evil twins” because a lot of people have both of them.  I am on Elmiron to treat mine and it gets rid of that feeling like I have to urinate all the time.

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