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I have never really posted on any board before, so I don't know what to do or what to say. But. I am currently experiencing my 5th UTI and the pain is beginning to radiate to my back already; I believe I have a kidney infection for the third time in under a year. I just turned 18 years old during the holiday and I never really had a problem with UTIs until 8 months ago when I had my first kidney infection. It was the worst pain I had ever experienced. It would constantly throb and ache like I had a knife lodged inside. I had the UTI for a week prior and I was just using monistat since that had worked for me the one other time I had one, and when the pain reached my back I didn't tell my mom until three days after and I was taken to the hospital right then. Anyways, they gave me strong antibiotics and sent me on my way home after hours of IV tries and ultrasounds. They were unable to get an iv (I'm a very hard stick - 20 tries in one night) so I could not have a CT scan. The urine test came back and confirmed I had a UTI, and they thought they saw a large stone on the ultrasound but it was later confirmed just a shadow. The antibiotics worked wonderfully and I finished the bottle like instructed. After a few weeks I had another UTI, so I went to see my doctor and I was given more antibiotics. I didn't think anything of it and I just took my medicine as instructed. I don't remember what it was called, but it was a stronger antibotic since I have been on them so many times in my life that the effects of some are not enough because I've grown used to them.
My third and fourth UTI snuck up on me about three and a half weeks after my second and that was when I was kind of worried. I know something is not right, but I don't have an ob/gyn to consult with as I'm not sexually active. So I went to my doctor again and I was diagnosed with another kidney infection in the opposite one and sent off with more antibiotics and that single pill that clears up the uti (i don't remember the name). I thought that it had finally worked and I was going to be a-okay until Dec. 23rd when I got my fifth UTI. I went to the hospital, was given a shot (a steroid, maybe? All I know is that it burned) and it cleared up until the day after my birthday on the 28th. I haven't been able to get out to my doctor yet for antibiotics and I'm not a fan of hospitals so now I'm beginning to have flank pain all the way up to beneath my right shoulderblade, along with the constant burning sensation that is driving me out of my mind.
Here are all the things I've tried to do to clear it up;
- Tons of water.
- Cranberry juice.
- 7 and 3 day Monistat (I now only use topical because I do not want to end up resistant to that as well).
-Cut everything chocolate or sugary out of my diet.
- No baths.
These work for a few days, but when I stop it comes right back. This was rather lengthy but Is there anything that could be causing these reoccuring UTIs and kidney infections that I should bring up to my doctor? Because whenever I go there, I pee in a cup and get sent home with antibiotics and "this will nip it in the bud!" but it's back within a few weeks. Is there any other reason for all of this - what can I do to stop it?
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