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Urinary Tract Infections

      Re: Urinary Tract Infections

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Posted by HFHS-M.D. MS on February 04, 1998 at 18:02:52:

In Reply to: Urinary Tract Infections posted by Chris on February 02, 1998 at 20:41:10:
  I am a 22 year old female and I have had urinary tract/bladder infections since age 11. When I got my first UTI I was prescribed Gantrisn. Since then I have had them very frequently, as often as twice a week, which is not uncommon for me. I have seen a doctor about six different times and was denied a request to see a urologist until a couple of months ago. The doctors had told me that they knew what was wrong and prescribed me different antibiotics: Macrodantin and Sulfer-something. Both did not work. About a couple of months ago I saw a Urologist who performed a cystoscopy and found nothing wrong. He then prescribed me Macrodantin. I'm still getting UTIs all of the time. My symptoms are painful urination, a sharp pain and pressure against my bladder during sex, chills, occasional lower back pains, painful urination, and the urgency to urinate. My Urologist did a urinalysis a few times and it came back positive for a UTI, so it ruled out the possibility of being something that has the same symptoms as a UTI. I am desparate to find out what is wrong with me. I can't take it anymore. Having two UTIs a week is driving me crazy. No medication has helped.
Dear Chris
I am very sorry you are  having such a difficult time !

  Since  your urine has grown a significant amount of bacteria in culture, I will address your problem as if you  truly suffer from UTIs (urinary tract infection).  There are other diseases which you alluded to which masquerade as a UTI.  This means you have had at least one positive urinalysis and culture obtained from a sterile catheterized urine sample.
Have you  had any xray test looking at the kidneys and bladder?  An Ultrasound or Voiding CystoUrethroGram (VCUG) or better yet an excretory urogram commonly called an IVP?  The IVP  looks  for  kidney or ureteral stones  which maybe infected and seeding your urinary tract when antibiotics are stopped.  This would be very suspicious if the very same bacteria type  kept growing out in your urine culture.  
Have you had any other abdominal surgeries or Crohn
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