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So um yeah... I have these stupid UTIs a lot and since I got pregnant I have had one perpetually (with no symptoms... so I can't even tell I have one ever even though the lab results just came back positive). I took the evil Cipro last month for it and apparently it didn't work even though it works for anthrax <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
Whenever I take antibiotics the <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss"> things just come back, but my midwife and doctor both want me to take them because of the risk of kidney infection. I've been getting UTIs since I was 17 and never have they progressed to a kidney infection. Every time I take an antibiotic it comes back and the medication makes me feel really terrible not to mention the guilt I have about taking it while pregnant. RARG!<br><br>
Then I get really emotional about it and feel like bursting into tears... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/guilty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="guilty"><br><br>
So my questions are:<br><br>
Why do they keep coming back?<br>
How do I stop them from coming back?<br>
Why should I not feel guilty about taking the meds while pregnant?<br>
How do I keep from having to stay home from work on the days that I'm on the meds because I feel so terrible when I take them?<br><br>
and anything else that would help is welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
At least we know why I never got over the first trimester fatigue... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><br><br>
Thank you!<br><br>
love and peace. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/sleeping.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="sleeping">
 

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If you can find the pennies, get yourself to a homoeopath. Allopathic medicine has sod-all to cope with a constitutional problem like this, but homoeopathy should- and it's generally safe to use during pregnancy.<br>
Oh- the reason you should take the stupid antibiotics is because if you don't, a kidney infection could send you into prem labour and kill your baby- I haven't had bad Braxton Hicks contractions since I got rid of my kidney infection, but they were bad then.<br>
I use a natural smoothie- cranberries, sesame seeds, almonds and spring water- no sugar- to help try to blast mine- I'm not sure if it helped or not, but it tasted like it should. It could be worth a try, but I really think you need a homoeopath.
 

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I had a UTI a couple weeks ago. MY MW recommended Cran-Actin (a concentrated cranberry extract) 6x/day. Within a couple days, I was back to normal. Maybe you should just take the supplement daily, since this is a recurring problem for you.<br><br>
Good luck! The antibiotics are probably killing off the good bacteria in your system and making it harder to fight off the good ones.
 

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I'm just getting over my UTI, and I say that with my fingers crossed because I've had it for about 2 weeks.<br><br>
The advice I got from my homeopath and my midwife, which I *finally* began to follow in earnst the middle of last week, was:<br><br>
ACT LIKE YOU'RE SICK -- give your body a chance to heal -- take naps, relax, clear your schedule, and focus on the healing. (This part held me up some, as it is not so easy to do, and especially not easy while moving.)<br><br>
Take CranDolphilus, available at health food stores and kept in the refrigerated supplement section, twice per day.<br><br>
Drink at least 12 glasses of water per day, and as much non-sweetened Cranberry juice (diluted) as you can stand<br><br>
And my homeopath gave me a bottle of something called Bacteriatox, which was not expensive, and of which I took 8 drops under the tongue twice per day.<br><br>
Of course they had the standard UTI advice about super clean hands, front-to-back wiping, you and partner washing before sex, peeing after sex, etc.<br><br>
I haven't gone back to the lab, but this combo made my symptoms disappear, and I'm continuing them for a few more weeks just to be safe. I've also been double washing in hot water all of my panties, wearing only cotton ones, and changing them twice as often as I did before. I have a feeling I was getting re-infected, and while I don't know where it came from, I'm trying anything I can think of to keep it from coming back!<br><br>
Good luck -- these things are such a pain in the tush.<br><br>
P.S. They also told me to avoid sugary things, as sugar "feeds" the bacteria.
 

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I've had them throughout my life as well, since childhood, and finally got rid of them for good a few years ago. As a side-effect of all the infections, I really really hate cranberries as an adult! My parents had no idea that Ocean Spray Cranberry juice actually made things worse (all the sugar) and forced me to drink gallons of it. Yuck!<br><br>
As an adult, I consulted a naturopath, and this is what I did:<br><br>
*Cranberry pills<br>
*Eating more frequently, never skipping meals, at least a snack every two hours<br>
*Make sure partner is extremely hygenic (men can pass it right back at you without having symptoms) - washing hands, washing boy parts frequently!<br>
*Drinking lots of water<br>
*Very good multivitamin to promote immune system - like PP poster said, less sugar - sugar really makes immune system work to no good effect.<br><br>
Antibiotics sometimes worked for me, but sometimes not at all. It seemed that the overall lifestyle change is what kept them away for good. Like someone else here said, you could consult a homeopath or a quality-trained naturopath (say, someone who's graduated from Bastyr or Naturopathic College of Portland - someone with basically a eight-year degree).
 

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that sounds frustrating. i don't understand, if you can't feel them, why you would need to treat them? i would have thought that the really painful, persistent state is what will lead to a kidney problem, not just a test turning something up.<br><br>
i find that black tea, caffeine, sugar and too much fruit will bring one on. also too much acidity from vinegars and fermented stuff. pickles. if you reduced those things and added water, as everyone says here, that might help.<br><br>
i also use something called alcabase. it is mineral salts and i take them at night when my ph measure is consistently too acidic. it balances things right out. - however , i did start doing that after a naturopath identified about 20 foods i am sensitive to, and didn't realise. if you've had these so persistently i would really recommend homeopathy or naturopathy, or traditional chinese medicine, to help restore that balance in your body. too much acidity can be very damaging and uncomfortable!<br><br><br>
good luck<br><br>
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Thank you everyone! I think I'm going to um... not say that I didn't take the antibiotics and just try to flush it out myself because I have a feeling that even if I do take them, I'll test positive at the end of this month anyhow. I also don't understand why I need to treat it if I can't feel it... I had slight symptoms (once every week or so) during the last one during my pregnancy, but this one I haven't had any symptoms whatsoever. That (and my 40 hour work weeks, yuk!) makes it really difficult for me to give my body time to rest... because I don't feel ill and have no time. I've been very tired lately though so I've been resting a LOT <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> But when I have energy (not often) I get things done because I feel like a major slacker around the house... dh has the patience of a saint, I swear! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> If he'd been bumming around the house like I have been... yeah. I don't have that kind of patience! :LOL<br><br>
That said, I actually straightened up part of the living room today for the first time in months <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bgbounce"> That makes my week!<br><br>
I don't do caffeine, black tea, or refined sugar (and very little unrefined too), but all I want to eat lately is fruit... half a big ripe cantaloupe for breakfast and watermelon for dessert at dinner and strawberries in keefer or plain yoghurt for a midday snack. Yummy! Everything else (other than giving up fruit, 'cause I can't at this point. I'm addicted I think...) I will definitely look into! Some things I'd heard (hard to avoid when one has them all the time...), but you ladies had a lot of suggestions I've not been given before so thank you very much!<br><br>
I really appreciate everyone taking the time to answer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
love and peace. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave">
 

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I found myself in exactly the same situation- there's some evidence that blueberries have the same effect as cranberries at flushing out the bugs sticking to the urethra, so you could maybe mix a handful in with your strawberries? Just a thought...
 

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sounds good. if you've had a history of antibiotics, you might want to do a good probiotic. i like the ($$$) primal defense from garden of life. it has different stuff in it than plain old acidophilus. i know people who had ibs-like symptoms who have done really well with it. most of us don't have proper flora.
 
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