Enterococcus Faecalis Prostate Infection

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I've been diagnosed with this recently on the basis of a semen test - getting the test done was like pulling teeth. The diagnosis was a "heavy growth" of this nasty - apparently with 0 white blood cells which I take, hopefully, to be a good sign. There was no sign of fungal infection - which was a suprise because I thought I had candida issues

I have just started on 3 500 mg Amoxycillin per day.

Looking through info on the net I'm not getting hopeful feedback. Does anyone know if this ever gets cured?

Thanks in anticipation

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    Most likely you will never be "cured" . It will come and go, sometimes worse than others.

    But no unless something drastic happens on the prostatitis treatment front You will never get rid of it completly.

    And sadly there does not seem to be much interest in the medical community to treat, much less cure chronic prostatitis.

    INSIST on a LONG course of antibiotics, that combat your particular strain of E. 14 days wont even touch it.

    Hang in there, there LOTS of us on this forum are in the same condition.

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      Thanks Joe, what I was afraid of really. Although the strain of E that's infecting me is apparently sensitive to Amoxicillin I can' t find it being recommended anywhere as being a suitable treatment, still less having been successful outcomes - I understand that it will barely, if at all, penetrate the prostate gland. Also I tend to react very badly to antibiotics, I've had very bad experiences with both erythromycin and doxycycline in the past. After 3 days on Amoxi the inflammation down below is worse - so although I have been prescribed 6 weeks of it I have 0 confidence in it and just fear it will make things worse

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    Hi Ian

    I used to suffer from what I thought were recurrent UTI's. Symptoms were aching in the bladder area and the need to urinate frequently. Each time I'd visit my GP and they'd do a culture test on a urine sample. However these always showed up as negative for any urinary pathogens. The doc would perscribe a generic antibiotic (Amoxycillin) and off I'd go.

    Generally the problems would clear up and things would settle down.

    However a couple of years back I had another bout and went through the same procedure (urine test - negative, course of Amoxycillin etc) after 2 - 3 weeks the symptoms were still there and I went back to the GP . During discussions with him I asked about whether the problem was potentially due to prostatitis rather than a UTI. He agreed that it was a possibility and switched me to another antibiotic - Nitrofurantoin. I took that for several weeks and the symptoms cleared up. I was never asked to provide a semen sample to confirm the prostatitis - I think the GP thought he was just humouring me about that diagnosis.

    I'm convinced tho that my problems were due to chronic prostatitis and I think the Nitrofurantoin was effective. If you can tolerate that drug it might be worth asking for a course of treatment to see if it helps

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    I've had this bacterial infection in my prostate, and it just takes a reasonably long course of the appropriate antibiotic to treat. Fortunately this bacteria is usually sensitive to Ampicillin, and yes it can be cured - just takes time. Dont worry.

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      That's about the most optimistic response I've ever had on this subject Markie - I'm into 6 of the 42 day antibiotic course - maybe I feel slightly better today. How long was it before you started to feel better and how any weeks were you on Amoxicillin? Did you get any side effects? Did you make any dietary changes? Did you take probiotics

      Ian

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      From memory I was on either a 3 week or 4 week course. I cant remember how long until I started to feel better, but after 6-7 days of antibiotics symptoms usually improve.

      As I'm often on antibiotics I always supplement with probiotics, usually taking 6 x 50 billion live bacteria capsules per day, plus 2-4 x saccharomyces boulardii capsules (to prevent diarrhea), all of which can be ordered from amazon - let me know if you want the brands. I also generally try to eat more fermented food like yoghurt, kombucha and kefir drinks which are all sources of good bacteria that help replenish the gut flora.

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      I've got a real problem because antibiotics see to be poison to my system - before when I took erythromycin the result was anal fissure and doxycycline resulted in fecal impaction treatment and I only took it for 4 days. I am really scared of these noxious drugs(as far as I a concerned at least).

      I was hoping Amoxy would be better but after 7 days of it the inflammation is as bad as ever - and I haven't done a bowel movement for 4 days - currently I'm on 20million units of probiotics per day which is obviously nothing like what you take; so I'll have to up that drastically - I'm wondering whether I shouldn't just stop taking the antibiotic as the "cure"may be worse than the disease

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    Thats a nasty reaction to the antibiotics, you must have acute sensitivity,. Unfortunately they're the only proven option that you have and so continuing is the right decision in my opinion. There may be other antibiotics sensitive to the bacterial strain you have that you can try which have less by the way of side effects but that's something you will need to discuss with your doctor. I wish you a speedy recovery.

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      I've had to give up.. I'm just burning up - I think the antibiotics have just added petrol to the flames of an undetected fungal infection - it's been a total disaster

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    Sorry to hear that and really hope you find a solution soon.

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    Hi mate, any update on your condition at all? did you find a solution?

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    Hi there!

    have you found something that works for you on e faecalis? mine just keeps getting heavier on all antibiotics even if its susceptible and deep penetration.

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