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I've grown up with uti's since I was three years old, never had more than 2-3 a year and they were usually about six months apart.
This year I got into a new relationship. Sex was pretty frequent even when compared with now and I never got a uti until about the same time I got IMPLANON (February) and then they started. So far, since February-March, I've had four rounds of antibiotics for what felt like four cases of uti's. However every culture that I did came back with no bacteria, but some came back with Leukoctytes and a trace amounts of protein.
The most weird bout of uti was recent. Last saturday I felt the pain, saw a doctor, I gave him a sample but for some reason they were out of dip tests so i had to wait. Knowing I had already had three rounds of antibiotics (KEFLEX) since February, he prescribed me with Trimethoprim. Because my biggest fear is bacterial ressitance, i Decided to try and beat it on my own with Ural, Cranberry tablets and even garlic tablets. It seemed to work, and then Tuesday night after symptoms had completely subsided the pain came back really badly so I felt I had no choice but to take the antibiotics, So I did. Day 5 into the Trimethoprim I'm fine. The symptoms are ALMOST nothing, but then today (Day 6) at around 3 o clock the pain came back with brute force even though im still on the antibiotics.
My doctor recently said she thinks I have Interstitial Cystitis, but I have to go through a few procedures before I get officially diagnosed. I'll give you a list of symptoms
* frequent urination (2-3 times throughout the night, 10+ during the day)
* about once a week I have a day where I have horrible pain in lower abdomen, its not permanent. Most of the week I barely have any symptoms but very very mild burning that goes away within 20 minutes.
* NO bacteria in urine
*Leukocytes and trace amounts of protein in a couple of samples
Sex is NOT painful, its quite enjoyable when I don't have any symptoms and I don't have those issues like I hear so many interstitial cystitis patients do. When the pain isnt there, I can have sex. But when it is I just want to hide away from the world and Cry. My doctor has given me endep to see if it helps.
I'm getting extra nervous because my manager has stated that if this goes on for too long I will have to resign from my contract which means I'll have no work. I'm 23 and don't live with my parents anymore.
If anyone could please give me some advice on how they treat their IC I would really appreciate it. I'm at my wits end. I don't know what to do anymore.
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