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I am now in the middle of my 3rd UTI since starting CIC in earnest last Sept. ( 4 times per day ). The first time was just inexperience but the last two were due to severe irritation of the urethra which rubbed off part of the protective mucous lining and allowed opportunistic bacteria to take hold. The first irritation was caused by not usinf sufficient lubrication and the second was from holding it in for 16 hours during a trip and not cathing.
The latest lab report is the same as the others: colonization with Enterococcus species. My symptoms are also always the same: rapid increase in burning and pain while urinating over the course of an hour or two followed by pink urine and having to pee every minute a few drops while also screaming.
The first time I was given Macrobid and the last two times Cipro. In all three cases the symptoms all but disappeared within 3 hours of taking the first pill! But of course I have to finish the whole 5-day bottle.
I wanted to invite everyone who has had experience with UTIs due to CIC or cathing in general to share their knowledge about this dark-side of cathing. Also guys who have avoided UTIs are welcomed to share their secrets.
Thanks to everyone.
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