This patient support community is for discussions relating to urology issues, benign prostate disease, penis curvature, cystisis, pediatric urology, prostate, sexual dysfunction and urological cancers.
I am a 22 year old female generally in good health. No significant health problems. Not currently taking any medication. No allergies.
I have had two kidney stones in the past both requiring litotripsy. My last kidney stone was considered very large and was taken out by lithotripsy procedure in November 2008. No previous history of UTI or Kidney infection or problems to my knowledge.
In March 2009, I was urinating blood (large amounts) and had burning with urination. I thought everything would go away but after 2 days, it was unbearable. I was urinating what looked to be straight blood, had burning with urination and lasted for several hours after urinating, pain under my ribs, and blurry vision. No fever. I went to the ER and the doctor did tests and said I "had a raging kidney infection." He also stated that my blurry vision could be due to the infection. He put me on Cipro 250mg X 10 days. The symptoms improved, but never really got better. One week after finishing cipro, I had a routine appt with my gynecologist and had her check for a UTI. She said there was still a little bit of an infection and prescribed Cipro 250 mg x 5 days. Again, the symptoms were less severe but never fully disapeared. I am STILL having troubles.... Dark colored urine ( I cannot tell if it is dark because of blood or not), painful urination, pain under ribs, and blurry vision that comes and goes. I called my PCP and he prescribed Ciprp 250mg x 7 days again but did not see me in the office due to me not having health insurance. He was able to view my previous ER records and said that it looked like I had a bad infection previously and that it needed to be taken care of because of possibility of sepsis. HE also said that there is no reason why Cipro shouldnt have worked because it should have cleared up anything. This was approximately 2 weeks ago that I contacted him. I have finished my course of antibiotics and still have NO RELIEF. I do have health insurance now but am unable to get in to see my PCP. I thought about going to the ER again for this but had a few questions.
Is it possible I need a different prescribed antibiotic or is Cipro the strongest?
Could it just be that the infection is resistant to Cipro?
What is the likelyhood of me having to receive IV antibiotics now that I've been treated for a toal of 23 days on Cipro without relief?
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.