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My urological history is long and complicated and to summarise it includes, severe BPH, bladder and kidney stones, multiple UTIs and a HoLEP procedure.
Without any warning a couple of weeks ago I passed bloody and cloudy urine which slowly decreased throughout the day. I am very familiar with the symptoms of a UTI but on this occasion there were none, either preceding the event nor during it.
A visit to my GP (I'm in the UK) resulted in a sample being taken for urinalysis and being prescribed a course of antibiotics as a precaution.
The results of the urinalysis showed no infection present but red and white cells present in abundance.
A week later I was in consultation with my urologist to discuss the results of a CT scan carried out a couple of weeks previously. I advised him of the previous weeks events and the result of the urinalysis. He advised my kidneys, bladder, prostate and urethra imaging showed nothing significant and to see him in 12 months but could not throw any light on the blood and WBCs present in the urine on the day in question.
Now, it may be significant that the day before the event I had a pneumococcal vaccination which apart from a bit of soreness around the injection site caused no other symptoms. I told the consultant of my thoughts on the vaccination being a possible cause of the bloody and cloudy urine and some research showed that there may be a correlation between such an event and the vaccination, although the incidence of such events was so small that the number was not recorded.
His immediate response was to state that it took three to four weeks for the body to produce the antibodies that provided protection against the pneumococcal strains that the vaccine contained, something I was aware of already but as two student doctors were present, he proceeded to tell them that "this is what happens when a patient decides to research their own health instead of leaving it to professionals. My respect for him as a professional vanished in that moment.
My question to members of this group is "has anyone ever experienced an immediate or almost immediate side effect of any vaccination that resulted in an adverse urinary tract event and was such an event investigated and reported on".
I have "Yellow Carded" the event with the UK's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), who will I'm sure be in contact but until they investigate it further I'm none the wiser on the number of such incidents being reported in the UK.
Thanks for taking the time to read this lengthy submission.
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