Discussions By Condition: I cannot get a diagnosis.

Does anyone know what could be wrong with me?

Posted In: I cannot get a diagnosis. 6 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 28, 2007
  • 08:26 AM

I have looked up different symptoms for different vaginal infections, and none of them seem to fit exactly what my problem is. I would go to a doctor, but my family isnt big into them, and I am tight for money (am in college) and figured if it was something fixable on my own, to ask first. (But I may just go soon anyway... it's my health.)
Anyway, what my problem is, is about a month ago, I started noticing that my urine smelled strong, and not very normal. it lasted for a while, and then I stopped noticing it about a week later. now, it's been back again and sometimes even worse smelling, and I am also having a thick discharge that smells, but there is not itching, pain while urinating, or discomfort really- and yes, I do wash myself, hahaha. So I'm not sure now what this is, and if any of you women know, please help me out! :(
Also, if it helps to know, I am sexually active with only one person but not for the last month, obviously. We are both definately clean from any stds.

Reply Flag this Discussion

6 Replies:

  • Have you checked into Bacterial Vaginosis. It is hard to tell the difference between Bacterial Vaginosis & a Yeast Infection. Hopefully an doctor of Eastern medicine will respond to you. I know there is a way to get rid of this by putting a probiotic up your vagina or something like that for so many days & that should clear it up. Just an idea.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 07:03 PM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • I'm not a physician, so I can't diagnose, but I am a nurse that has had similar symptoms for years. I had recurrent bacterial vaginosis. I totally agree with the last post that it is very hard to tell the difference between BV and a yeast infection. If you feel uncomfortable inserting a probiotic into your vagina, you can take them by mouth (available at any drug store in the vitamin section. Acidophilus or Lactobacillus are the common names). Also, eating yogurt will aid in restoring pH. Make sure the yogurt has live, active cultures and that it not loaded with sugar. Sugar can aggravate the problem.A physician can prescribe Flagyl (metronidazole). The oral tablet tastes awful and it is VERY, VERY important that you don't drink alcohol while using it. I know you said you were in college, and I can remember what that was like :)Flagyl is also available as a vaginal insert (a lot like OTC yeast infection treatments). If funds are tight, use the student health services if they are available at your school. If not, try a reduced-cost clinic (explore options at your county Health Department). Metronidazole is very inexpensive (that's generic Flagyl--name brand Flagyl is not cheap). If none of these options are feasible, explain to your parents that untreated BV can lead to serious complications. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, infertility, and a host of other problems. Don't be embarrassed about telling your parents; BV is not necessarily caused by sexual contact, but you can pass it to your partner, so get treatment. I hope this info helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 07:25 PM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • PS...I forgot to add, wear all cotton underwear, if use pantyliners make sure they are unscented. It also helpful to use unscented soap and unscented laundry detergent for sensitive skin.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 07:29 PM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • Oh thank you very much! :) That helps a lot!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
    • 02:20 AM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • Please don't take Flagyl - this drug is ridiculously toxic!!! Made me sicker than a dog - google it's side effects and you will never want to touch this stuff! Either BV or candida will be helped by the following treatment:Get a good quality probiotic (acidopholus supplement) and add 1 capsule to about 1 tablespoon unsweetened yogurt. Insert this into your vagina. Yes this is a bit messy, but it is extremely soothing! If you do this at night and wear an unscented pad it will help. Do this for 1-2 weeks and it should completely clear this up. Also take the acidopholus orally... Although I disagree with the nurses post concerning FLagyl (TOXIC), I do agree with her point that BV can cause complications if left for too long. Do go to your student clinic to get a correct diagnosis, but still try the above treatment I can't recommend this highly enough. Best of luck to you.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
    • 04:11 AM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
  • Well I used to be antidoctors but I finally relized that it is okay. That said, ER's if you are poor and a college student is only responsable for a little bit of the bill. That said, I wish I knew what to say for your problem but I don't. You can also get a low coverage insurence on a monthly price. just go www.ehealthinsurence.com I think and enter some info.Pres. Bush is trying to get ppl who have their own insurence a nice tax brake. I only pay 35. a mo. for anthem (now I am uping it) for Anthem.I hope that helps. Good lucky sweety.
    lizzi9983 35 Replies
    • January 29, 2007
    • 04:43 AM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
Thanks! A moderator will review your post and it will be live within the next 24 hours.