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reacurring bladder infections?

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  • Posted By: ladybug
  • November 2, 2006
  • 03:59 AM

i have been to the urologist several times now for pain while i urinate.
i have these symptoms once a month for the past two years now. only twice did the test results show no bacteria. all the other times ecolli shows up. the doctor prescribes me bactrum and it goes away. i did have a test done which showed red spots in my bladder. the second time i had the test they were not there. i've also had my bladder inflated which did not help. im still seeing the urologist and have had no conclusive results yet.
i would just like to know why i keep having ecolli enter my urine. im very clean, especially before and after intercourse. i would love some advice for this painful problem i have every month.

wendy

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  • Hi: I had the same problem which you are undergoing now.. Only E coli was showing in my urine but other extensive tests like cystoscopy, biopsy, VCUG, IVP everything was absolutely normal. But lastly my urine was found to be AFB (acid-fast bacillus) positive which I had to take ATT (5-drug therapy) for 6 months and since then my problem is gone. It is nearly 3 years now have not got back the symptoms.. HOPE THIS HELPS.. ASK YOUR DOCTOR.
    Johnpiya 2 Replies
    • November 2, 2006
    • 04:16 AM
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  • Have sexual partner's sperm tested for e coli or other bacteria. SPERM CULTURE.
    Melissa843 3 Replies
    • November 9, 2006
    • 09:19 PM
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  • Had continuous UTI's and was told by M.D. to try D-Mannose. It can be purchased at "health-type" pharmacies. It is a powder that can be mixed with water or juice. I have not had to take antibiotics at all since using this natural formula. Taken 3 times a day at the start of symptoms and they are completely gone after 48 hours or less. I also take after intercourse and have found this prevents UTI's all together.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 11:58 PM
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  • Dear Lady Bug,I felt need to post this as your story seemed all too familiar. You need to be aware of a bladder disease called Interstitial Cystitis/"IC". It causes the same symptoms of a UTI, but will persist even when there is no infection. It causes pain (which gets worse over the 1st 5 years years and is often UNBEARABLE), urinary retention/ alternating with urinary frequency, blood in the urine (sometimes only detected by microscope and sometimes visible in the toilet or by peeing into a clear glass), bladder cramping, sometimes night-sweats.It is still rare enough that it is often unrecognized (or even unkown) by many urologists, though that is changing quickly. It is often misdiagnosed as a common bladder infection, endometriosis, ruptured ovarian cyst etc.The only definitive test is the cystoscopy showing "PIN-POINT BLEEDING" and/or ulcerations of the bladder wall. Often there is also a low bladder capacity under anesthesia.I believe there is a very high probability that you have it based on your symptoms as well as the cystoscopy findings that you mention. I'm not surprised, however, that the Dr. doesn't recognize it as such.I recommend calling around to find a urologost that specializes in IC, and to bring your cystoscopy record (whith pics if they took any) and a list of your symptoms. You may also look for the International Interstitial Cystitis Association online.Good Luck and God Bless!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 24, 2006
    • 04:01 PM
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  • PS-E Coli and other bacterium are more likey to gain hold into the bladder of someone with IC, than those who don't have it because of the inflammation. The bladder infections are secondary.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 24, 2006
    • 04:05 PM
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