Join Date: Jul 2004
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Well, I'm going to take a shot at this, only b/c I have lots of experience w/ UTIs.
Yes, it's possible to have a clean UA AND have a UTI. As a matter of fact, I had that happen when I was pg w/ DS. I *knew* I had a UTI, went and had a UA done, came back clean. The dr. did send it out to be cultured b/c I was insistent that I had a UTI. Needless to say, I went into labor 3 days later (before the culture came back). Labor forced the bacteria up the renal system and b/c it was untreated it developed into a blood infection. They discovered this when they FINALLY got the urine culture back and it was the same bacteria strain as the blood culture they did after labor.
So, what to do for a UTI...
- LOTS of water. Stay hydrated b/c you need to flush the bacteria out.
- Try a cranberry supplement and/ or cranberry juice. Not the Ocean Spray stuff either. Knudsen makes a juice called "Just Cranberry" and so does some other company. It's REALLY tart and not very good, BUT I've had great luck w/ it and my renal system.
- Probiotics. Probiotics aren't just for gut flora, they benefit the whole body.
- I would personally try the uva ursi.