Post # 1
I am a frequent sufferer of bladder infections. It is soo annoying!
The thing is, I don’t want to keep on taking antibiotics as I don’t tolerate them that well (gives me thrush amongst other things) and play up my immune system.
I am drinking lots of liquids every day (cranberry juice, bladder teas, etc. ), tried taking those cranberry pills you can buy at the drugstore, I keep my feet warm, when swimming I change my bathing suit immediately, I wipe from the front to the back, I try to never hold it in and go to the bathroom as soon as I feel the urge to pee… Still, the cystitis keeps coming back on a monthly basis…
I was wondering if any of you bees have experience with this? Or might have some good advice? Help is very much appreciated!
Thank you so much!
Post # 3
Ive had one bout of a terrible UTI (after having a few) and the doc prescribed me some anti-b’s that was for a complex UTI. I asked her what was complex about it and she said it was because she wanted it treated and not to cause thrush. And I had no problems at all since! 🙂
Post # 4
@alaha: ahhh shite sakes, so sorry you are going through this because I know how much it SUCKS.
Something to try; keep your PH levels down. So stay away from coffee for example and any acid-laden food or drink. You’ll be looking at a raw food diet for this. Make sure you are getting all your probiotics in – through yoghurt or over the counter. Here I buy Citro-Soda, marketed as a unrinary alkaliniser and gastric antacid, which you can take daily in the morning and with a chaser of water. Maybe see if you can find something like that at your pharmacy, and while you are there ask the pharmacist for feminine hygiene wipes…I know my doctor sometimes prescribes them when I have a UTI to ease the..erm…burn.
Good luck to you, I hope this helps!
Post # 5
@alaha: My mom had consistent infections and went to a specialist and he did an internal check and found multiple cysts on all of her womanly parts. Don’t want to scare you too badly (they were all benign) – but maybe you should go to a different doctor for a second opinion.
Post # 6
@alaha: Make sure you empty your bladder after sex to flush away any bacteria.
Failing that, I would consider seeing a specialist, to see if there’s anything causing them.
Post # 7
@alaha: Ughhh I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this. I know exactly what it’s like unfortunately – I get chronic UTIs which lead to kidney infections more often than not. I’ve been to the hospital twice in the last 9 months thanks to them. I found D-Mannose powder helps (I get mine on amazon for like 10$). You just add it to water. Someone else told me to try bee pollen. Probiotics also help A LOT. I take apple cider vinegar daily (a T in a glass of water or tea if you don’t like the taste) and I’ve found that helps. For immediate relief, alka seltzer, though this doesn’t actually get rid of the infection so you will need to treat it as well. Hope you find some relief; I know what hell these can be!
Post # 8
Sounds weird, but what type of underwear are you wearing?
If you switch to 100% cotton that can help. (Not softer-than-cotton synthetics, real cotton). Thongs can also rub more in that area than other types of underwear. if you are a thong wearer you might want to consider investing in some boyshorts or bikini briefs. I switched to cotton for a similar reason and haven’t had a problem since.
Besides that and peeing before and after sex, and having your partner wash their hands before touching you down there, I’m out of ideas. You could seek a second opinion?
Post # 9
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@alaha: This is unrelated, but what does keeping your feet warm have to do with a bladder infection?
Post # 10
@Flanders: That would make the pH go up, not down.
Post # 11
@alaha: I get quite a few too because of an issue with my kidneys. If I start getting them frequently, I’ve been told I need surgery.
I agree with other PPs. What you’re experiencing is not normal. You might need a different treatment to completely get rid of bacteria in your system that keeps flaring up. Is there anything that’s a trigger? Maybe you need to use different pads/liners or something like that. If there’s nothing like that, then you need to see a specialist.
Post # 13
@Flanders: Acid makes pH go down. Avoiding acidic drinks, taking an anti acid or alkanizer would make it go up. The raw food diet depends on the food.
Post # 14
I had 6 UTI’s in 4 month period last year. On the 6th one a doctor told me I should definately get checked out by a specialist because it was not ok to have so many in that short amount of time.
She said sometimes people develop a consition where their bladder doesn’t empty fully on their own, leading to UTI’s. It’s not an obvious thing…you think you are letting it all out but you aren’t. She said frequent UTI’s are the number 1 symptom for this. And she said it’s an easy fix usually.
Since then, this is what I started doing:
– Avoid sodas. Even diet or clear ones. Something about them makes it easier for me to get them.
– Stay on the toilet a min or 3 after you use the bathroom. When I did this, I noticed some more came out after. And I’m not talking a little. A pretty good amount.
– I started using a feminine wash. I know, I know…so many things will tell you not to use them because they can cause one. Well, here is what I learned: They are only supposed to be used externally. Some women use or had used them in the “folds” (sorry…Too Much Information..I know!) and that is where issues can start. But I thought about it…I can’t use reg soap down there but I didn’t feel plain water got anything clean…I mean it’s skin. I don’t just rinse the rest of my body…I use soap. And that is where urine comes out. I started using this and I didn’t get a single one since! And it’s a totally different clean! I just love it. I really think the gentle soap cleans away bacteria on your skin and I feel it helps. I did ask about this to my gyno and she said as long as it’s gentle and you don’t go inside, then it’s fine. Yes, it’s a self cleaning oven, but occasionally even the outside of an oven needs to be wiped down! =)
– Forget the Ocean Spray…that does nothing for you. Either drink Cystix juice or take the tabs every day for about a week. Or drink pure cranberry juice, which is disgusting. But some people can tolerate it. I am not one of those people.
– Wear only cotton underwear. Limit G string or thongs. I do wear those from time to time but to me, the bacteria and what not is pushed further against your body. If you wear panty liners, change often and try not to wear them unless you are on your period. Again, all that stuff just sits there, pressed up against you. Your lady bits need to breathe. At night, try to go without underwear if you can.
I hope this helps! I hope you feel better.
Post # 15
@AB Bride: I agree about the raw food, it depends what you eat but it pays to avoid junk stuff – this has helped for me LOADS. With acid laden food or drink I mean your standard coffee and stuff, it plays havic on me. The citro soda, is actually citric acid and sodium citrate etc – this is designed to alkalinise pee.
Post # 16
@Coral99: Feminine wash helped me too! And yes, soda things make it worse – like diet coke. Diet coke is a killer for me 🙂