4th Water infection in 2 weeks!!!!

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Just got up to go to the bathroom to find I have another water infection sad Awful pain when having a wee. That's 4 water infections in two weeks!! Can't take it. But I'm scared of the HRT side effects too! Don't know what to do. Feel like I am backed into a corner. I've had 4 lots of antibiotics in the last two weeks. Going to have to get another but its not easy on a Sunday. Only other answer is to risk HRT because whilst it didn't really help with the Vaginal soreness, I think it did stop the water infections. Clearly the lubricant hasn't done a lot to help. Don't want the infection to go to my false hip. Scared scared scared!!!

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    Oh Shirley, I'm so sorry to hear this!    I feel so sorry for you!  I used to get those before I had the children but having those seemed to sort out a weakness in anatomy that was causing them.  You need to be able to keep a pack of antibiotics in stock to deal with this as soon as it arises.  I'd speak to your GP and explain that situation.  I actually bought a pack of metronidazole to keep in stock here because I'd had a gum infection and had a hell of a job to get the antibiotics quickly.  It was only my very nice pharmacy giving them to me on the promise of the prescription from my dentist when I got it through!  SO I bought a pack online from a safe company I know.  But I really think your GP should give you a prescription to keep there.  Mine did this in the past before I changed GP's.  But you need to get help on this so you're not having to resort to antibiotics and it doesn't keep flaring up.  I know there are all the suggestions like cranberry etc. but this is only wondering now and not based on anything, but it might be worth finding out - are the antibiotics really getting rid of the infection or just reducing it enough to stop symptoms, and then flaring up again?  Is there a different antibiotic that might work better.  I don't know what you're using, but it might be worth searching online best antibiotics for urine infections and I'm wondering if there may even be a specialist group on these sites where you might get more information.  I hope you can get something today though and feel better soon.  It's horrible:-(
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      Hi Shirley so sorry to hear about the infection.  I keep getting them too, just came off weeks of antibiotics and now getting B 12 shots to try and get my energy back.  Infection needs antibiotics or it could get worse, though I hate to take it.  I have to use the the Premarin even though I know the side effects, hope you get some relief.. the atrophy contributes to the urinary tract infections, I have been battling it for 4 years.   I live in California and have an appointment early November at Stanford looking for relief.
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    Shirley, what I'm air to tell you has worked, NOT only for me, but several of my friends, too. I don't know where I found it but it saved me a lot of time, money and PAIN. I used one half spoon of BAKING SODA IN SIX OUNCES OF WATER and swallowed it down. From what I understand it turns our system from acid to alkaline almost instantly. If one of us had A REALLY GOOD sex night, we'll drink this BEFORE we go to bed. A few of us are very sensitive to urinary tract Infections and this seems to stop them. We also drink a lot of water for the next day or so, just to keep our system flushed.

    I hope this helps. You just never know. If anybody takes antibiotics, you need to supplement with Acidophilus, either in pill form or eating yogurt. If you end up with a yeast infection, it won't hurt to put some around the vagina and labia. I promise it'll kill the itching and burning, Instantly. Good luck!!

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      Aunt Chevy, I've so glad  you posted that for Shirley.  Mine used to be after sex too!  What a brilliant idea that is, and I SO ohpe it works quickly for Shirley too.  Will she still need the antibiotics now to clear it or will that sort it without needing antibiotics?  Sorry Shirley, I should be leaving this for YOU to ask, but I'm excited for you, reading this:-)
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      Thanks Chris, for the positive feed back. No, I don't think she'll need those antibiotics. This little trick has NEVER FAILED me or anyone I know, that's used it. I wish I could remember where I found it. I went searching because my Dr sent me for an IVP after infections re-occurred within a week of stopping antibiotics. My grandma was a country witch doctor and I've always leaned toward natural cures. I can honestly say, this ONE WORKS! Thanks again!
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      Don't thank me - it you who needs to be thanked!  Having had problems like this before I had my children, I SO feel for those in that situation and to have an answer like that, that all makes sense - I can imagine so many people finding relief with this!  It really should be made known everywhere and anywhere.  I'm just going to email a friend who I THINK has these problems, and ask, and pass on the info too:-))))
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      Sorry it's taken so long for me to get back here. You guys are so full of info and I have no friends out here, my age (59). I hope the baking soda /water, helps somebody. I know taking antibiotics, back to back, doesn't do anyone ANY GOOD. I'm using Vagifem but NO SEX yet. Hubby and I have been separated, then he had two aneurysms and he SAYS he still don't feel like himself. I'm gonna give him a little more time but bit much longer before I go ballistic. A lot has happened and my biggest problem with him was his LACK OF INTEREST. He completely took me for granted and after 28 years together, he knows I don't put up with any crap. I'm outspoken and honest. I consider myself to be REAL. I don't play games. I don't manipulate. I don't best around the Bush and I DON'T DO DRAMA. LOL. I'm gonna keep reading and see what's up.. I'm in Central Mississippi.

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    Did you try Vitimin E capsuls and just squeeze out the gel and rub it all around. Vitimin E is so friendly and so gentle for the soreness. Start drinking organic cranberry juice from the health food stood, it is really good at keeping urinary track infections at bay. I would be more scared of HRT then I would of Vitimin E natural vitimin. You have had so many antiibiotics your body is going to become amuned to them. Thats what happens and why doctors don't really like to prescribe antiobiotics. You can also try having mild epson salt baths as well. They really heal up inside as well. Just not too much epson salt during each sitting.

                                                      Blessings to you

                                                      Lynn

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      Using backing soda as well is good mixed with water in the as well. I have heard of people using that mixture as well. Like Aunt Chevy mentioned, a baking soda mix has proved to be helpful too. Try anything natural before you have to be forced to take the unnatural route.

                                                                     Lynn

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    Hi everyone, Thanks for your comments, info and ideas re my UTI's. Much appreciated. However, I have now read that baking soda isn't necessarily the answer, I only wish it was. They are saying that it just masks the symptoms of the UTI so you think it's gone, only for it to come back worse than ever later. But I do appreciate you thinking of me and telling me what you think is a good idea.

    As for Vit E Capsules Lynn yes I have used them and will continue to do so, but they don't stop the infections as they have no hormones in them. They are really soothing though, I agree. Chris00938, That is a good idea of yours, to get some antibiotics to keep at home in case I got another infection. The antibiotics are working. It's just that right now I'm not using HRT cream or pessaries, and when I was, I never got the UTI's. Sadly more frequent UTI's are a symptom of Vaginal Atrophy. And that's what I am suffering with. And yes Lynn, I am definitely more scared of the HRT than the Vit E Capsules but the Vit E Capsules don't keep the infection away, the HRT does. The Vit E just deals with the soreness. So I will be using it again. I would definitely use something none hormonal to stop my infections but in all honesty, I doubt very much I will find anything that can do that.

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      Shirley I just hope that you can find an answer to this soon.  If you have to go down the hormone route, so be it - because it's no life carrying on as you are and if that is going to be the only way forward, then you don't have much choice!  BUT, do find out if you've got a closed cervix (it's not related to how many children you've had, but often procedures can make it close up) because it's good for any woman to know if they can't get the usual first signs of endometrial cancer because the cervix is closed, and if you have, ask for regular scans - this really is the best advice I can give to any woman with a closed cervix, especially if they are using estrogen.  I really hope that you'll soon have an answer to this though because it's bound to be making you miserable and you have my sympathy!  I hope before long you'll be posting to tell us you feel wonderful!
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      Hi Chris, Thanks for your message. I am thinking I will have to go down the hormonal route. If I do I will mention my cervix to the doctor next time I see her . I had twins by the way, that was 21 years ago but I would be clueless re my cervix being open or closed anyway. Yes its making me miserable Chris and getting on top of me. So I hope I am posting good news soon too. :-)
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      Shirley I used to suffer badly from UTIs after sex. My doctor told me to empty my bladder BEFORE AND AFTER sex. Not very romantic but honestly it has worked for me. In fact my husband and I joke about 'going for a what the doctor ordered' 😊 Also the last infection I had the first lot of antibis didn't work and they prescribed Macrodantin which worked. However it is now 4 years since I have needed antibiotics thanks to that tip the doc gave me.
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      you are fortunate sally.  That didn't work and I wish it had been 4 years since I had an infection, 4 months is more like it.  Gave up sex ... too painful.
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