My UTI does not seem to go away, what should I do?

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Okay. So I have had a UTI for almost 2 months now. This is the second time I am having one. The first time I had a UTI was about a year ago. The first time I had It, it went away in a day. Back then I had all the symptoms of a normal UTI. Fever with chills, burning sensation while peeling and Bloody urine. But this time, all I had was the severe burning. Like the last time, I was put on a 5 day course of nitrofurantoin and drinking Citralka. But since the burning subsided within a day, I just stopped my course on day 3 and continued drinking Citralka. Life was back to normal for about a week. And then one day I felt a slight burn after I passed urine. At like the very top of my urethra. It wasn't too painful but still pretty noticeable. I didnt want to concluded anything and hence I decided to see if the pain persists when I peed again. The next time I peed not only did it burn but I noticed a toxic odour. The next few times I went it still smelled bad. Sent my urine for culture, the tests revealed that I had e coli and that I was sensitive to Magnex Forte. The doctor recommended that I go on 7 day course of Magnex. Magex is an IV antibiotic. I am on day 6 today and I still feel that slight burn. The only difference is I don't feel the burning while peeling. But I feel it when I sit down or lie down... a weird pressure against the very end of my urethra. I have a feeling that after I stop my course of antibiotics my UTI will come back again. Is there any out of this hell?

P.S: I am not very sexually active. Although the UTI I am currently experiencing did follow after sex, i have sex like once in 3 months. I have had sex before (with condoms on each time) but never had an UTI. After this whole UTI thing I have never had sex.

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    Dear Goawayuti. So sorry, you're going through this painful experience. It is so important to finish the entire course of prescribed antibiotics, even if you feel better after a few days. Reason is as you take the antibiotics, the bacteria becomes weakened but don't die out immediately and if you stop taking the meds, they regain their strength and fight back. Finish your course of antibiotics with plenty of fluid to flush your system and all will be well. Wish you a speedy recovery.

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    A week's worth of antibiotics (assuming it's the right one) should have eliminated the burning.   I'd get another culture done to see if you still have the bacteria.  I would also be wanting an ultrasound and/or cysto to make sure you don't have kidney stones or something.  Are you in India?  That cephaosporin IV drug you are taking is not available here in the USA.  Are you seeing a Urologist or a General Practioner? 

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      I am in India. I am seeing a Urologist and a General Practitioner to get opinions on this. I got a culture down today. The results will be out in a day or two. Meanwhile a general urine profile shows that I don't have pus cells anymore. I have been having pus cells in the range 10-12 for the last two weeks. Today it says no pus cells. Considering getting an ultrasound done after the culture results.

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    If you have been prescribed Nitrofurantoin you are probably a lady but I was 'offered' Nitrofurantoin and I am a man!

    A urologist confirmed what it directs on the internet that Nitrofurantoin for men is contraindicated but is

    suitable for 'the ladies'. He is one of my GP's but I would never consult him because he has 'got it wrong' on several occasions.  There are many urologists who do not seem to take the matter of UTI's seriously enough.

    Not for my liking anyway.   It may well be worth reading about the specialist nurse and her education and experience compared to those who should know far more than she does but this is not the case.

    If you look back and read my post you will be then more informed that us mere mortals put our trust in our doctors to be under treated........

    I would have thought that clinical microbiology is better now than it's ever been but can the NHS afford to use the system to resolve what infection you are suffering from?

    It is well noted that there are strains of bacteria that are not susceptible to certain antibiotics but that it is necessary to treat an infection with the correct antibiotics.  It is very frustrating to feel you have an infection but nothing is done apparently to find out how to resolve that affliction.

    One GP told me stop all the antibiotics because C Diff can be life threatening but 'a' UTI is not!  She did not mention that although it has not proven that I had Tuberculosis infection within my waterworks if it was that then it is indeed life threatening..........

    This proved to me that doctors do not know everything and also it is annoying that a urologist said ='I cannot

    prove I had an infection' ! That was because I took an extra  three weeks antibiotic to eliminate all my symptoms.  If he was correct then where did all my symptoms go to after the long course of antibiotics?

    It is still being 'discussed' among doctors re is it sufficient to take a short course or a long course of the correct antibiotic?  Seems that it may well be the cause in many instances of resistance that a short course of antibiotic is just what the infective agent reqires to be able to regenerate when just a few microbes are not killed off,

    I don't suppose D Manose is a miracle powder but I take it twice daily and my bladder keeps OK that is however since a complete cure after the long antibiotic cure.

    outright.

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      Micklemus, I agree with so much of what you wrote.  Too bad we don't have a quote function so I could address and respond to individual statements.

      There is not much new research going on related to UTI.  Doctors, including Urologists, just hand us some antibiotics and that's it.  Some of the reason for that is that they don't find UTI serious or life threatening.  They have what they feel are more important ailments to worry about, such as cancer.

      During my 9 months of recurring UTI's I went through 3 Urologists, 3 GP'S, 2 Infectious Disease Doctors, and hospital staff.  I got some good suggestions and information from all of them, but it wasn't until I did my own research and make my own treatment decision that I was able to resolve my problem,

      I think part of my problem was, as you wrote, the initial antibiotic treatment did not kill off all the bacteria, even though it was suseptible to it.  From there on, it was a series of new antibiotics.  Bacteria were getting smarter and more resistant.  I would finished a course and 4 days later the UTI was back.  I ended up going on long term antibiotic for 3-4 months.  I'm UTI free now for 7 months.   All that said, I do worry about taking too many antibiotics, antibiotic resistance, and C-Diff.  That's why it might be best to do a long course and nip the problem in the bud.

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    What every one must do is be persistent & never give up because a person who is suffering knows more about that suffering than any doctor.............  Don't forget that no surgeon ever felt any pain when amputating whatever. 

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    Im also from India......in perimenopause and going through my third UTI in three years.....this time the symptoms were different. A throat infection with coughing with phlegm continued for some days...thought I would get over it with gargling and cough syrup but no, came down with fever, body aches and debillitating energy levels, went to doc who prescribed Oncet CF ( Cetrizine HCL, paracetamol etc) and Polypod 200 ( this is the antibiotic ) and I asked him should i get a urine test done...he said no. the prescribed med would work for both areas !

    With antibiotics I know we should complete the whole course. I was given a 5 day course. He is a very senior doc but he never asked me to do urine culture. He goes by pus cell amount. Im already feeling better both up there and down there. 

    But I want to know which antibiotics are a big no no in India. If a low dose longer prescription would be better then details about it please....I want to be careful for future because as soon as this med stops another infection will come.

    The name Chitralka made me also think the post is from India

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      forgot to add, this last time the symptom was extreme incontinence
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    What about asking your doctor to prove the infection has been eradicated?   The short course antibiotics are usually the root cause of infections not being clinically and laboratory confirmed as regards what they are

    and what infection is susceptable to the antibiotic given.

    I would think that even micobacteria tuberculosis which can affect anywhere in the body and is well known to affect the urinary tract should not be overlooked as a possibility in any country but especially in India!

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