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I'm hoping someone can shed some light on my situation because I'm getting to a very depressed point and seriously affecting my mental health!
A year ago I started a new relationship and ended up with a very painful UTI, blood in the urine, incredible painful! It was only the second I've ever had in my life. Took antibiotics and all cleared up fine. About two months later, again after sex with my new partner I ended up with an equally as painful one, again antibiotics kicked this one - first tried trimethoprim and then nitrofuratoin when that didn't work.
Again few months later I got another. This one wasn't as bad, no blood or stinging just frequency and twinges. Luckily I knew earlier than the previous two what was going to happen and was put on nitrofuratoin again. Since then I have had a further 6 UTIs over the course of a 6 month period.
They all stem from sex. I was put on daily trimethoprim that didn't work. So put on nitrofuratoin as a prophylactic after sex but I have just ended up with yet another one and this time nitrofuratoin doesn't seem to be kicking it so quickly. It's been over a week on them and I'm still getting twinges.
Worth noting that cultures were never run on my initial two UTIs, presumably because with the blood I was just treated ASAP.
Further 3 cultures - 2 have shown nothing, I presume because I started self treating, and the last one showed enterococcus.
Both myself and my partner have been tested and nothing found STD wise.
I'm at my wits end. I've tried cranberry, vitamin C, olive leaf extract, cysticlean, charcoal, d'Mannose, antibiotics. The lot!
The UTI symptoms I now get are different to my initial first two. I feel urgency but not stinging. There is a dull ache on my bladder and what can only be described as a spasm in my urethra. It spasms and almost goes from the bottom all the way up to my bladder in a sharp spam which then makes me need the loo.
- could this be IC caused by the initial UTI?
- am I now resistant to nitrofuratoin as that appears to not be treating it?
- is it an enterococcus UTI that just never went away and keeps coming back?
- I am now taking probiotics but is my immune system just out of whack with all the antibiotics and that's what's causing it? Just before I met my partner I was in hospital on IV antibiotics as well so could that have caused issues?
- my partner uses shampoo to wash down there (!) - could this be a reaction to that rather than a UTI per see?
PLEASE can someone shed some light or help me work out what I can try? I'm losing the will to live here. I don't drink, put off having sex, dot want to go anywhere in case I get twinges, it's ruining my 27 year old life
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