Severe UTIs

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I'm 18 and have just got my 30th urine infection in the space of a year and I've had one kidney infection but suffer from kidney pain all the time, I've clear of STI's, womb infections and had scans on my kidneys and bladder which appear to be totally fine. I drink a lot of water, I keep clean but cautious with perfumed products and I pee after intercourse ect ect

I've had heaps of different courses of antibiotics and anti sickness pills as I get really bad vomiting, some have gave me extreme side effects from illness to thrush and some haven't worked at all. The doctors have put me on preventatives which I'm not happy about because I want to know what is causing this!!! My immune system is also rubbish because of all the antibiotics I've been having.

I've been taking cranberry and aloe gel to reduce inflammatory but has not worked.

My recent UTI I have been urinating straight blood, vomiting heavily, sweating dizzy and in constant pain over my body.

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    How long have you been sexually active?  Did you have UTI's *before* you started having sex on any type of a regular basis?  Do you have sex with multiple partners?  What method of birth control do you use?  Has any of your doctors ever treated a current partner for a bacterial infection (sometimes the male partner can keep reinfecting his female partner while having no symptoms himself)?  Do you use tampons?  Sorry about the personal questions, but *something* has to have triggered your year from hell.  

    Scans (and I'm taking your use of that word to mean either ultrasound or CT) oftentimes only find stones if they're large.  Sometimes a procedure called "Intravenous Pyelography" is needed (a contrast dye is injected into a vein in the arm, and a series of x-ray films is taken at timed intervals as the dye flows through the kidneys, ureters, and bladder. The dye highlights the urinary tract on the x-ray images and reveals any abnormalities. Intravenous pyelography (IVP) is the most common imaging test for the evaluation of the urinary system").  Also, the acidity of cranberry might be making you feel worse if you're using it during an active infection.  Better to take an anti-inflammatory (like Naproxin, which is over-the-counter here in the United States).

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      To answer your questions:

      I've been sexually active for 2 years but utis occur when protection has been used or intercourse hasn't happened in the time that's lead up to a UTI. I don't and have never had multiple partners only the one, I've been checked for bacterial infections and all have come back clear. I am now on the combined pill however this started when I had the implanon rod but got it taken out because I though it would stop the utis but clearly not! My partner has never been checked and I rarely use tampons and if I do I change them within an hour time.

      Yep I was given an ultrasound but all they scanned was my kidneys and bladder but not any of my utinary tract which I thought was strange. If I ask them to do this other type of scan will they? I've asked them to check for ovarian cancer as I thought it was work checking just incase and they refused me

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      Are you in the United States?  Was the doctor you saw a Urologist?  I would suggest you see your OB/GYN for a pelvic and a PAP test.  Also ask to be checked for HPV.
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      And ask you partner to have a UA just to rule out a bacterial infection on his part.
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      No I'm not I'm in Scotland! And it was just a regular GP I have been sent to the past 30 times but they refuse to send me to specialists ect
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      Can you make your own appointments?  You really should see a OB/GYN to rule out anything in that department.
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    As well as the steps you are taking you could try modifying your clothing. Many years ago I found this helpful. No tights especially under trousers, no close fitting jeans. Old fashioned stockings and suspenders and never any non cotton knickers. Always wash (both partners) before sex as well as peeing within 5 minutes afterwards.
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      I have tried to make some differences to clothing, I'll wash my underwear on a really really long wash to make sure it's clear of any bacteria however I haven't thought about the extra advice before. I will try doing this to see if it makes any difference, thanks for you help
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      The bacteria that cause UTIS originate in the bowel where they belong and do not harm. When they get into the urethra is the problem. Ideally one should wash after each bowel movement. But this is not always possible. I remember reading years ago that they can even be expelled on passing wind. The goal is to prevent any that do make it to the perineal area from multiplying and making it into the urethra. Any fabric or clothes which encourage sweating in that area are to be avoided as moist warm conditions encourage multiplication. I think they reproduce every 11 minutes. I was plagued with UTIs when young and even spent several days I hospital undergoing umpteen kidney investigations. After abandoning tights I never had another.
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      Start using a clothes detergent that's completely free of dyes and fragrances and rinse twice.  For my undies I use Dreft, an ultra gentle detergent meant to launder baby clothing.
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