I had a very similar situation, and the urologist is now testing me for Interstitial Cystitis (test is a cystoscopy - a minor surgery that is no big deal). There is also something called Urethral Syndrome that can cause symptoms of a UTI even when no infection is present.
ah thnk you for your comment...i will begin researchin them! lol! i have been ordered by the consultant to attend a cystoscopy and to have a CT scan. This isnt until the end of this month! its such a long wait! Thank you again for your help though!!!
You can ask for an Xray, which would be quicker to schedule and to report, to check for the presence of kidney stones which my cause an obstruction of urine flow, even if only partial, and can predispose to UTIs.
WBCs in the urine can be a sign of renal damage and inflammation, especially if accompanied by epithelial cells.
The ideal way to have dealt with the recurrent UTI would have been to have a urinalysis followed by a culture sensitivity and antibiotic treatment based on the culture report. This would have ensured that the infection would have been treated adequately as well as prevented reactivation of the infection.
You can check your blood test reports to see what your creatinine and uric acid levels were. This will give an idea as to whether kidney function has been affected.
In the interim, Drink plenty of fluids, increase intake of vitamin C, avoid caffeine, practise safe sex, and add vitamin A and E supplements to your diet.
Do keep us posted on your doubts and progress.
Thank you so much for your comment, I will be chasing up my blood test results and have already started taking vitamins! I attended my CT scan but unfortunately they refused to give me the dye injection due to my urtecaria, I hope this wont affect the pictures?? They said it will be a couple of weeks until I know the results....does it usually take this long? Im stll awaiting the date for the cystoscopy, but will be sure to let you know how things go! Thanks very much once again!
PS When I first attended my appointment with the consultant I was given a fluid and frequency chart to complete, I realised how frequently i visit the toilet, but more so how little i pass, sometimes only 25mls! My greatest volume was 350mls (in the morning) is this a normal volume? I also had a scare last week when I drank close to 3000mls and only passed 175mls all day, I felt very uncomfortable to say the least! should I visit my GP in the mean time or wait for my results first? I have also noticed my ankles are swallon alot of the time!
Contrast Ct scan does give a clearer picture of the structures being imaged, but even the normal CT scan will pick on structural changes in the areas studied. If further or more elaborate imaging is required, that would be prescribed. The reporting of any radiological test can depend on the availability of the radiologist. You can follow up after a week or so and check if the scan has been reported on.
Swelling in the ankles that is absent or minimal on waking up but increases throughout the day is a sign of kidney function impairment. You will need the results of your blood tests to assess kidney function and this will reveal the extent of compromise in function.
If you are in a warm climate, insensible fluid loss (sweat, breathing, etc.) will comprise about 800 ml of fluid. If you had passed about 175 ml every time you voided and voided at least 10-12 times a day, the urinary excretion of fluid would have been adequate. However, it would be best not to take fluids over 2000 ml since the state of kidney function is undetermined. A minimum fluid intake per day should be 2000 ml, with a flexibility of 100 or 200 ml either way.
You can visit your GP with regard to the swelling in your ankles as any compromised function of the kidneys needs timely medical evaluation.
Also try and keep your sodium intake minimal.