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02-28-2020 11:30 PM
Debrah
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Originally Posted by candlejackle View Post
Hey everyone.

So for the last year or so, I've had at least one urinary tract infection a month. Sometimes they're just mildly uncomfortable for a couple days and I can take a pain pill and ignore it, other times they're cripplingly painful days on end to the point I'm completely non-functional and urinating blood. When I start having symptoms, I generally start chugging obscene amounts of water/cranberry juice all day and taking OTC medication, and eventually it will subside.

I've tried going to the doctor about it three times, but there's no getting in short notice at my doctor, so there's usually a 2-3 day delay. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,. But I don't know how to actually get this TREATED.

Wat do? ;__;
When I get a UTI, my go to remedy is raw garlic. Works like a charm and you feel relief within a couple hours. Not kidding you here. Raw garlic is a natural antibiotic.

What you have to do is grind it up so it's a mash or very finely chopped. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then wash it down with a huge glass of water. You don't have to chew it up, just swallow it. Some people get a queasy tummy from the strong garlic compounds but if you down a handful of soda crackers first, it helps settle your stomach.

I'll take one raw clove in the morning and then in the evening for a few days and then back off to once a day for two weeks. You won't have to bother with trying to get a doctors appointment. I've done this for years, works every time. My girlfriend has tried it for a UTI also and she had the same success. And if that fails, then go to the doctor, but I don't think you'd have to.
07-25-2017 09:56 AM
cassafrass I so feel your pain! I'm prone to UTI's as well. I use something called AZO. You can get a three day supply of it at Walmart or maybe your local grocery store if you dislike Walmart as much as I do. lol You take two pills three times a day with a meal. It will turn your urine yellow-orange, but it works great! Just make sure you wear something in your underwear so it doesn't stain the fabric.
02-25-2017 09:23 AM
rose10 My sister got kidney infection, a type of UTIs 5 years ago. And now she still suffers pain from the infection Antibiotics and other medical treatments just help to get rid of kidney infection and then it continues to occur again. She find out some home remedies such as cranberry juice and marshmallow and try applying them. Although the infection is not treated completely, my sister feels better cuz the pain is relieved a lot. https://authorityremedies.com/home-r...ney-infection/
Anyone else here succeeded with natural treatments for kidney infection? Any advices?!?
10-13-2012 07:48 AM
sharpie

I have had UTIs on and off for the last 5 years and they made me miserable. They were bothersome and really caused hindrance in my life to the point where I was not being able to go about doing normal daily stuff. I had seen the doctor twice and he put me on antibiotics both times and even after the course finished, the uti kept coming back. I tried everything from cranberry juice to apple cider vinegar, and even herbal stuff my mom concocted in hopes that I would find relief but NOTHING helped. However, I read somewhere that ALKA SELTZER tablets helped with uti problems and after trying it, i can confidently say that they have been life changing! Till today, I get the occasional UTI and i promptly drop half an alka seltzer into half a glass of water, drink it up, and voila! Within 30 minutes I'm back to my normal self as though nothing happened! Previously the pain would last a few hours- I would take 30 mins over that any day! The alka seltzer i believe neutralizes the pH balance of your tract and therefore eases the stinging pain. Try it and see the results for yourself! I hope this helps a lot of you cuz I know how painful theses things are. Please try it and feel free to ask me any question that you have!

03-07-2012 04:23 PM
Pace As someone who suffers from reoccurring bladder and kidney infections- If you are truly urinating blood, it is HIGHLY unlikely that you would be able to flush it out by drinking water. Actually, once a bladder infection has set in, it's very unlikely you can flush it out with any amount of water or cranberry juice, though those are GREAT ways to help prevent, unfortunately if you are someone who suffers from frequent infection, you are still likely to get at least one a year.

Now, since your urine tests are coming up negative for bacteria, it is quite possible you have some other illness/injury which is causing the pain and symptoms, since bladder infections rarely resolve on their own. I would make an appointment with your doctor NOW to discuss possibilities and to have some tests and exams done.

I also have to say, bladder infections are very uncomfortable, yes. They can make you feel like absolute crap. Kidney infections(Which if you had one, would certainly show on a urine test) are the very unbearable ones which cause constant and extreme pain combined with high fever. I had a fever of 104 for an entire week a few months back. The thing is though, the symptoms of a bladder infection causing you to miss 3 days of work seems really unusual. There is discomfort, but I'm not certain what line of work you are in (perhaps you can't access a washroom frequently enough when you have an infection?) but I certainly wouldn't have to miss work for a bladder infection no matter the severity. I have had to miss work for a kidney infection before though. Anyway, this also leads me to believe what you have might be more serious and should at the very least be investigated.

Ahem ....
As a piece of advice, things which are much more effective than your intimate time being interrupted by wiping down with sanitizing wipes which can actually irritate the vagina/urethra, less rough/vigorous intercourse and urinating after sex are better ideas, combined with drinking at least 8 glasses of water and a glass of pure cranberry juice a day.

Having lots of sex or vigorous/rough/hard intercourse can cause bladder infections and is one of the most common causes. It bruises the urethra and infections can set in quite easily that way. It's especially common with new partners, for the first year or so. Also check that you are not using a new brand/type of condoms or lubricant which can be irritating to you or cause a reaction, sometimes a change in soap or body wash can cause this as well. Sometimes people even react to a medication that their partner might be taking through the skin to skin contact. Wiping wrong is NOT the reason for most adult women's infections and doctors propagating this myth annoys the hell out of me.

Hope I could help some, and hoping you get some answers/ relief.
03-07-2012 11:16 AM
rachelxxx @candlejackle, sympathy to you! As a medical assistant, I'd like to share to Prevent urinary tract infection:
1.Drink more water
2.Drink cranberry juice or the available cranberry pills
3.Urinate as frequently possible
4.Urinate after sex
5.Wash regularly after urinating.
Moreover, you can use ADULT DIAPERS
09-01-2011 03:25 AM
Spidergrrl I used to buy a box of pills at the chemist (I found them at walmart even) that are for a UTI and they turn your pee orange but it makes it less acidic and it goes away. They were cheap and worked every time for me.
07-15-2011 08:53 PM
belledozer I took a vitamin supplement that you can find in any drug store. But I find that now that I've gone Vegan recently, that I don't need to take the supplement as I get enough Vit C through the foods that I eat. You can find dried cranberries everywhere, but I like the kind that I can get at my local heath food store that are dried with apple juice not cane sugar. They are not as sweet, and are a little on the tart side. Citrus fruits are high in Vit C, as well as alot of juices are fortified with it.
07-15-2011 02:39 PM
LilBigBug ^Good to know. I think I might try to do that. What did you eat/drink to get that much vitamin C?
07-15-2011 02:30 PM
belledozer FWIW, I was plagued with UTI's for years, and would get them multiple times a year, even though I was taking antibiotics to cure each one. Eventually my Doc figured out that my system wasn't acidic enough to kill the bacteria that causes it, and recommended that I take 500mg of Vit C daily. Since then I haven't had one reoccurance. Also dried cranberries are a great help too.
04-10-2011 08:21 PM
SomebodyElse
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Originally Posted by candlejackle View Post

...And by the time I actually get into the office, all the water drinking has flushed out my system enough that the urine tests don't show any infection.

Save samples of your urine in sterile containers when you are in the middle of an infection, and give those to your doctor if you are better by the time you get in to see him. If he refuses, you might be able to find a lab to send them to yourself for culturing and identification of any bacteria.
04-10-2011 06:11 PM
sequoia Try taking cranberry capsules.
04-10-2011 05:45 PM
Huckleberry
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Originally Posted by candlejackle View Post

My doctor doesn't take walk-ins unless its a life threatening emergency, and then only if you scream at the receptionist for a good 30 minutes. And the idea of skipping the water and just living with/encouraging the pain for a few days is... pretty unthinkable. All I can think about when I have a UTI is HOW BADLY I NEED THE PAIN TO STOP RIGHT NOW. Phew. As for the ER... I have crap insurance and an ER visit is VERY expensive... although I guess if it persists I may have to.

If I were you I would try to find an urgent care clinic. They are for things that you need to be seen for that day but are cheaper than and ER visit. (I've been treated for all sorts of things in urgent care, bike crash (needed stiches), poison ivy, yeast infections. If you do get into a situation where you are in real pain and you can't find an urgent care clinic, go to the ER. I know you said it is expensive but if this actually got treated correctly and stopped wouldn't it be worth it? Hope you get the help you need.
04-10-2011 08:50 AM
betterdogreen It might be as well due to tension and stressful daily living. However try the best body ecology so your system can get maximum healthy and balanced. Make sure your body is highly alkalized. Drink+eat a lot of greens as well green superfoods like algea, spirulina, chlorella would help in your situation.
Try having holistic body,mind healing approach with organic foods, cosmetics and non toxic attitudes. I have lot of effective natural remedies in my info site, you can access via my profile.
There is definitely some infection in your system that manifests time to time. Make your system strong and mineralized and the health will follow.
04-09-2011 07:57 PM
LilBigBug
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Originally Posted by candlejackle View Post

My doctor doesn't take walk-ins unless its a life threatening emergency, and then only if you scream at the receptionist for a good 30 minutes. And the idea of skipping the water and just living with/encouraging the pain for a few days is... pretty unthinkable. All I can think about when I have a UTI is HOW BADLY I NEED THE PAIN TO STOP RIGHT NOW. Phew. As for the ER... I have crap insurance and an ER visit is VERY expensive... although I guess if it persists I may have to.

Hold up, I never said anything about skipping the water. Keep in mind this may be more than a UTI, it could be an infection in the lining of the uterus, a kidney infection, or something else.
04-09-2011 07:50 PM
ecl23 Well, drinking plenty of cranberry juice helps.

I'm sorry you're going through this.
04-09-2011 03:01 PM
runnerveggie Is there an urgent care clinic you can go to? How about a Planned Parenthood?

Also, you might consider seeing a different doctor outside of your insurance plan. The fees might not be as much as you'd think--I once got a bill accidentally for an exam for a similar type of problem, and it was only $80, which I think also included a lab test.
04-09-2011 02:54 PM
mrsschu2u Have you ever had your blood sugar or Hemoglobin A1C checked? I thought that I was having recurrant UTIs, but was diabetic.
04-09-2011 01:07 PM
fadeaway1289 Are there any clinics in your area? If you are peeing blood then you need to be seen asap. There are many other reasons besides UTI's that can cause blood in your urine and some are pretty severe. I'm not trying to scare you but it sounds like you need to be checked thoroughly, especially since nothing is showing up on the UTI test.

It seems that once someone has a UTI they seem to be prone to getting them frequently but your symptoms sound really harsh .
04-09-2011 12:42 PM
candlejackle My doctor doesn't take walk-ins unless its a life threatening emergency, and then only if you scream at the receptionist for a good 30 minutes. And the idea of skipping the water and just living with/encouraging the pain for a few days is... pretty unthinkable. All I can think about when I have a UTI is HOW BADLY I NEED THE PAIN TO STOP RIGHT NOW. Phew. As for the ER... I have crap insurance and an ER visit is VERY expensive... although I guess if it persists I may have to.
04-09-2011 12:33 PM
LilBigBug Can you walk into the doctors office next time you have one (without drinking so much that it flushes it out) and demand to be looked at? If that doesn't work, go to the ER and tell them that your doctor refused to help you.
04-09-2011 12:16 PM
candlejackle Hey everyone.

So for the last year or so, I've had at least one urinary tract infection a month. Sometimes they're just mildly uncomfortable for a couple days and I can take a pain pill and ignore it, other times they're cripplingly painful days on end to the point I'm completely non-functional and urinating blood. When I start having symptoms, I generally start chugging obscene amounts of water/cranberry juice all day and taking OTC medication, and eventually it will subside.

I've tried going to the doctor about it three times, but there's no getting in short notice at my doctor, so there's usually a 2-3 day delay. And by the time I actually get into the office, all the water drinking has flushed out my system enough that the urine tests don't show any infection. Thus, I never get any treatment for the actual infection and it continues recurring. At this point I don't want to spend any more money just to be told "well maybe you should wipe the other way!"

I've taken a lot of measures to try to prevent them recurring--giving up soda, carrying around a full water bottle at all times like its growing out of my hand, having my boyfriend wipe his hands and boy-parts down with antibacterial wipes before getting intimate, urinating and wiping myself down with antibacterial wipes IMMEDIATELY after intercourse (I miss the glow of post-coital snuggling ).

So anyway... I'm at a loss. I can't go on like this indefinitely, I miss at least 3 days of work a month because of it and that's a really unacceptable absence rate, and if I lose my job I lose my insurance... But I don't know how to actually get this TREATED.

Wat do? ;__;

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