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#1 of 5 Old 08-16-2010, 05:32 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Here is the story...

3 weeks ago I had an emergency c -section. They gave me antibiotics in the hospital although I'm not sure what kind- I'm assuming rocephin or something similar because it was a single shot to ward off infection.
A week after my surgery, I noticed an infection forming at the incision so I went to the Dr. I got an antibiotic for that (a type of penicillin).
Then, during the c-section, they accidently cut my bladder so I had to wear a catheter 24/7 for 2.5 weeks until it healed. I started to have symptoms of a UTI so he started me on Bactrum (I will admit I didn't start this antibiotics because I'm breastfeeding and I didn't like its rating- I was actually waiting on the urine c&s).
Now, 4 days later, c&s came back and showed I have an E.Coli infection in my bladder and it will not respond to Bactrum. SOOOOOOOOO, I get to go on Keflex now.

My question is more a what would you do if you were me kind of thing. I have NO symptoms of a UTI anymore. I've been taking a 2-3 cranberry capsules each day, dosing up on SA, taking probiotics, and taking grapefruit seed extract as well as drinking lots of water. How "common" is it for a UTI to get flushed out or just "go away"?

My gripe is that I'm breastfeeding and I have had a decent amount of issues with that. I really don't want to start another antibiotic because I don't want to chance thrush (so far we seemed to have dodged it). I just got off of my penicillin antibiotic less than a week ago and feel pretty good.
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are they sure that the bladder has healed since you're getting these infections all of a sudden? it seems like there might still be an issue with bacteria getting from somewhere it's not supposed to. I personally haven't had luck "getting rid of" a UTI without abx but I have retention issues, and there are lots of people on here who have been able to get rid of them naturally. You can get test strips to see if you still have an infection (most major drugstores carry them). However, know that high doses of vitamin C make it look negative, even if it's not, so that could throw it off.

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Thanks for responding, I forgot about those test strips so I may as well try that first.
I had a cystogram at the hospital last week and it was confirmed that it was healed. They did discover I have reflux into my kidneys on one side but it is "unrelated" to the accidental cut.
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I would also try the strips, but if you do have a UTI, I would be especially careful about treating naturally if one of your kidneys is refluxing. Reflux means you have a much greater chance of a UTI becoming a more serious kidney infection if not treated.

Hope you are feeling better soon, and congrats on the new arrival!!!
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What is your dosage on your probiotics and what form are they in, are they refrigerated? The great thing about probiotics is that they will help you in the case of using or refusing antibiotics because they support your balance and natural ability to heal. From what I have read and talked with people about you need to be taking at least 10 billion units of a good probiotic everyday. Drinking rich, 100% cranberry juice is better than capsules, and you may want to explore your options for a powdered infant probiotic for your baby.

You should totally contact an experienced lactation consultant. She will be farmiliar with your circumstances and be able to help.
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