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I am unfortunately a sufferer of recurring cystitis. I have had every kind of pain when i get this - extreme burning sensation during and after I go to the toilet, a sudden urge to go straight again after I've been, and really bad abdomen and back ache, so I know how bad it is!
Every time I've been to the doctors or the nurses (around 15 times) they have all told me that nothing really causes it, that some people are prone to it and to wear loose fitting bottoms and drink lots of water. Well, I did that already. So they were no help and said i'd just have to live with it.
However, looking closely to any link between when I got it and any thing else i was going through, I managed to find a connection. I'm not saying that this would apply to everyone, and I'm not a doctor, but I've researched this inside out, looked closely to my own body and found an answer for myself.
I have mild symptoms of IBS, which means I am prone to getting constipated, I never really thought much of this and just carried on until I eventually had a bowel movement. Anyway, I came to realise that CONSTIPATION was the main cause of why I get cystitis/ UTI. If I'm constipated, meaning, I have full bowels and physically cannot have a bowel movement for more than 3 days, then no doubt I will get a water infection. If I'm just slightly constipated or have trapped wind and have sex with my boyfriend, this can worsen it and cause a water infection.
Ever since I found this out I have been eating/ drinking 5 pieces of fruit/veg a day (I make a smoothie so it's easier to consume) and it's been so much better. Basically, from doing my research, if there is faeces in the bowels that aren't moving, the bacteria from this can pass through to your urethra, leading up to the bladder, as they are so close together. This, inevitably causes more bacteria to grow and cause a water infection. Also, when you are constiapted, your bladder will retain urine, making it a breeding ground for bacteria to multiply. And another thing - when I strain to try and have a bowel movement, that can sometimes aggrivate everything down there, and possibly cause a water infection.
So LUCKILY, there is some hope! If you realise you are getting constipated a lot, tell your doctor and they will try to work out why, as I said, I actually worked this all out myself and found out I can't have too much dairy products or I will get trapped wind, and possible constipation. This really did open my eyes and put my mind at rest because it meant there was some sort of reason behind this!
Additionally, I take a cranberry extract tablet every day called Cranmed Forte, it contains cranberry extract which stops bacteria sticking to the lining of the bladder (what happens when I'm constipated), so they are perfect for me. If I feel a water infection coming on then I will take a potassium citrate sachet ASAP to try and stop it/ reduce the pain.
If this doesn't help then keep stessing to your GP that you keep getting them, they're painful and they're stopping you from enjoying every day activities and they will do something! Although I'm pretty sure I know what causes my cystitis, Im having an ultrasound scan done soon just in case it's anything serious, I just thought I would put this out there because I know the excruciating pain of a water infection!
Keep on top of eating lots of fruit and veg and drinking plenty of water, hope this has helped, good luck!!
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