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I'm 42 years old, and I came down with a UTI 5 months ago. All the symptoms - burning, urgency, frequency etc. I have had uti before and knew what to expect. Got a culture done and it came back with E. coli growth. I was visiting India at this time and they gave me Norfloxacin for 5 days. I was ok for 10 days after that and I came back to the US, where I live. The right next day I came down again with severe symptoms of pain, urgency and frequency. I wanted to try cranberry juice to see if I could beat it. I didn't want to take more antibiotics. I drank gallons of water and unsweetened cranberry juice and felt a bit better. But after 5 days I was not getting completely over it so I went to the urgent care. They did a dipstick test and told me I had great number of WBCs in my urine, and sent it off to culture. The culture came back as " no growth". But my symptoms continued. Then a week after that I went to regular physician. They again did a dipstick test, and told me I had an infection. The culture came back for E. coli growth of 25,000-50,000. I was given Macrobid twice a day for 5 days. I felt better for a couple of weeks. My symptoms were back again.This time I tried taking D- Mannose. I felt better. But I didn't keep up with it. I kept getting symptoms on and off for 3 months. I didn't go to the doctor in fear of antibiotics again. I got urine analysis test strips from online that checks for 10 different things and started checking my urine regularly. It always showed WBCs in it, but no bacteria. Everything else was negative. But the urine was always acidic. Also it used to smell weird. And looked cloudy sometimes. I tried drinking more water.
But 3 weeks ago I had a really bad burning with urination and when I checked the testing strip it showed up bright pink for nitrites in it. I knew I had an infection. I still hesitated to go to the doctor. I was also going through some very stressful times with family health issues and so I ignored my own problems. But then I decided it was time to go see the doctor. I got an appt with a uro- gynecologist last week. At the doctor's place they took the urine to be sent to culture. They also did a bladder scanner to check if I retained any urine after voiding. That was fine as I didn't retain a lot. Then the doctor did a pelvic exam and said no problem there. He told me I need a cystoscopy and a renal ultrasound. Meanwhile culture came back as E. coli growth, AGAIN!!! I'm now given 10 days of Cefdinir. I was told to take Macrobid at first, but I had some nausea with it the first time when I took it 3 months back. So they agreed to try Cefdinir.
Now, I was reading a lot of posts on recurrent Utis and how many women are suffering the same. I came across something called Esbl E. coli which is supsupposedly resistant to all antibiotics and is deadly in the end. I was wondering if many of us whose infections don't go away has this particular E. coli that is taken hold of our bodies. If any of you ladies have ever heard of this please share your thoughts. And how do we get it checked. Any information shared would do good to so many of us who are suffering from this painful affliction.
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