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Ways to Destroy Yourself
Mid-40s male. Working in developing country. Excellent health until 15 December 2017 engaged in a risky sex behavior with a bad woman (oral sex no condom). 10 days later severe urethis, clear dripping/discharge, constant need to pee. STD clinic used PCR urine test and diagnosed a mycoplasma hominis and ureaplasma urealyticum. Prescribed 5 days of tinidazole and 5 days levofloxacin. The STD clinic wasn't helpful when I told them I had an achilies tendon rupture 4 years prior due to Ciprofloxacin so I Went to second doctor (urologist in hospital) that day to see if he could prescribe something else.
Doctor #2 insisted I use the Levofloxacin (increased to 7 days) and also prescribed the 1-shot treatment of Azithromycin and 10 days of Doxycycline. Ok, so I took them all and 15 days later was pretty much cured by Mid January or so I thought...I hadn't really investigated how devastating these mycoplasma infections are. I had never heard of them before and thought they were easily cured. I had a PCR test at the STD clinic (clear) and a uretha swab at the hospital (clear).
Then had sex 3 times over a 2-week period and I noticed I still had some terminal dripping and was fatigued so was tested for diabetes - totally healthy.
Then the last time I had sex on Feb 17 BOOM, symptoms all came back at once...not as severe urethis but still pain there and peeing all the time, burning at tip of penis, and pressure like I need to pee all the time. (Partner is being tested and she is having no symptoms...though she is pretty upset to say the least.)
Went back to hospital urologist #2 who gave me Cipro! I begged for something else but he told me to take it for 10 days and take it 'easy' because no other choice. He also didn't give me a physical exam which I thought was strange.
So I went to a specialist urologist (Doctor #3) who did rectal exam with finger and ultrasound and he said my prostate was enlarged and mushy and also did a culture of the prostate fluid/uretha fluid.
His culture came back showing that the Mycoplasma Hominis was still there (he thinks in the prostate) and is resistant to
Problem: Minocycline isn't available in the country I live in! Worse, he prescribed more Cipro!!!! The Specialist Urologist told me to stay on Cipro for 2 more weeks? I explained my achilies tendon rupture story. He said we had no other choice. 5 days later, the Cipro seemed to work. Had 2 days felt really good and then symptoms started to come back. Not bad, but definitely peeing a lot, pain, pressure, etc. so I have to imagine the Mycoplasma has defeated the Cipro.
Went to yet another urologist #4 (very old guy) who said all of this is in my head and I should relax and stop trying to become a urologist. I asked him to examine me which he did. My prostate was still a little enlarged and soft he said. He had me take a flow meter pee test. No problems. I begged him for a prescription of doxycycline as I figured it can't hurt based on what I read on the internet. He gave me a 14-day prescription for that and said I need to relax.
So now what? I have a follow up with doctor #2 in a couple of days. Any suggestions I what I should ask him for in terms of antibiotics? I have to stop this Cipro. I keep feeling little twinges in my achilies tendon repair site and I am freaked out it will rupture again.
Has anyone gone through anything like this before? Suggestions? What a nightmare and what a hard lesson to learn. I was in the best shape of my life until I did something very stupid.
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