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Bladder infection?
I just had a baby and i think having the cathiter in gave me a bladder infection, cause its now hard to go kinda and i have a pain where my bladder is. All my mucsle hurt cause i had a c-section so im sore everywhere. but is there a way to fix a bladder infection without meds???
irishcuttie226
07/04/08
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  A catheter will definitely increase your chances of getting a UTI. Drink a lot of water and cranberry juice. If you don't really care for the cranberry juice that much because I know it can be quite strong in taste, try cranberry capsules. They sell these at the stores by the vitamin area. Buy the cranberry juice at the natural food stores not from the regular grocery store.

If you have lower back pain, fever, feel kind of confused mentally, or having burning/painful urination see your doctor right away without hesitation.
AngelEnt
07/04/08
What is the treatment of a bladder infection?
I have re-current bladder infections (UTI's) and I was taught in school that if someone has a bladder infection they can try to treat it on their own if they push the cranberry pills and lots of fluids. However, on a recent call to my doctor (rather nurse), I was informed that if I have an actual bladder infection, the only way to treat it is by taking antibiotics.
HeyHer87
09/17/09
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  If it is a true bacterial infection then you will need a antibiotic..usually they will give one called Levaquin..you will be on it for 1-2 weeks...also drink lots of water...the med that makes you pee orange is not an anibiotic but it is a pain med to help with stinging and burning when you pee..hope this helps
Rabby
09/17/09
What are the symptons of a bladder infection?
I have this feeling that I have to use the bathroom but I can't seem to go. My mom thinks that it's a bladder infection, but I really don't know. Can you tell me what you feel before a bladder infection?
Crazy Carolina Child
05/25/09
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  You can always try taking some Cranberry and Acidophilus. They're available at all health foods stores, Walmart, GNC, etc. If it's just a UTI and not a bladder or kidney infection, then those supplements help. Also, stay away from sugar, sodas, liquor/beer, yeasts, etc until the UTI is gone.


Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms
Lower urinary tract infection (cystitis): The lining of the urethra and bladder becomes inflamed and irritated.

•Dysuria - Pain or burning during urination
•Frequency - More frequent urination (or waking up at night to urinate)
•Urgency - The sensation of not being able to hold urine
•Hesitancy - The sensation of not being able to urinate easily or completely (or feeling that you have to urinate but only a few drops of urine come out)
•Cloudy, bad smelling, or bloody urine
•Lower abdominal pain
•Mild fever (less than 101°F), chills, and "just not feeling well" (malaise)
Upper urinary tract infection (pyelonephritis): Symptoms develop rapidly and may or may not include the symptoms for a lower urinary tract infection.

•Fairly high fever (higher than 101°F)
•Shaking chills
•Nausea
•Vomiting
•Flank pain - Pain in your back or side, usually on only one side at about waist level
Alaric Marx
05/25/09
What happens if you take periactin with a bladder infection?
I'm 19 and my bladder infection keeps coming back even after taking antibiotics. I'm also an ectomorph so I'd really like to pack on some pounds using periactin. But is a bladder infection and periactin a bad combo? Pleaseee helpful info pplz!!
IzzyC
05/21/08
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  Periactin is usually used for the treatment of seasonal allergies, so there should not be a conflict. It is an antihistimine.
Jewelhunter
05/21/08
what will effectively reduce or get rid of bladder spasms?
ever since i got a bad bladder infection which spread to my kidneys ive had what i think are bladder spasms it feels like almost tender when i pee and like i have to pee more than i do its like it feels like the muscles are sore when i push to pee i know for certian it is not an std or another bladder infection please help its quite painfully annoying
Megan
04/21/10
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  ask your doctor about ditropan.
Annie
04/21/10
Bladder problems, please help!!?
Well i've had this problem with my bladder for one year. I'm 17 years old, female, virgin. And for the last year I have had pressure on my bladder that is constant even if i have just gone to the bathroom. I don't have a very large bladder, I usually use the restroom every 2 - 3 hours. And every once in a while, I have to use the bathroom like every 20 minutes and i go a lot, but its 100% clear, no yellow at all (sorry for the description), this happens for the whole day like a few times a month. Its horrible! Ive been the doctors at least 10 times, including a family doctor, gyno, urologist. And have had countless urine tests, and nothing shows up. And every test comes up normal. So please don't say i have a bladder infection or urinary track infection, because i don't. Right now i'm taking Oxytrol patches, and have been taking magnesium every morning. It sometimes works, but no way enough! Please, what could I have? help!
girlie [♥]
07/31/07
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  do u drink alot of water or fluids? or maybe ur body just retains too many liquids. i mean that some girls give too many fluids that they have to pee out. omg i cant explain it but my aunt has it. its not a disease or anything its just normal in some women. sorry no help :(
precious
07/31/07
Can a combined yeast infection and bladder infection cause a delay in your period?
I have a yeast infection and a bladder infection! My period was due around last week, but that's also when both of my infections had started. (The bladder infection could have started earlier.) I heard that a yeast infection usually doesn't delay your period, but what about both of them combined?

I'm taking medication for both of them now as well.
wolven_howls
07/07/09
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  I was always told that too. That a yeast infection never delays a period and blah blah blah blah.

Ok, I've had about 4-5 if not more yeast infections and EVERY TIME it has delayed my period. I'm pretty convinced it does.
KatZee
07/07/09
Women only, bladder problem, please help :(?
Well i've had this problem with my bladder for one year. I'm 17 years old, female, virgin. And for the last year I have had pressure on my bladder that is constant even if i have just gone to the bathroom. I don't have a very large bladder, I usually use the restroom every 2 - 3 hours. And every once in a while, I have to use the bathroom like every 20 minutes and i go a lot, but its 100% clear, no yellow at all (sorry for the description), this happens for the whole day like a few times a month. Its horrible! Ive been the doctors at least 10 times, including a family doctor, gyno, urologist. And have had countless urine tests, and nothing shows up. And every test comes up normal. So please don't say i have a bladder infection or urinary track infection, because i don't. Right now i'm taking Oxytrol patches, and have been taking magnesium every morning. It sometimes works, but no way enough! Please, what could I have? help!
girlie [♥]
08/11/07
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  How much water or other liquids are you drinking? You may be consuming way too much, especially if you feel bloated. But you don't mention that so probably not. The general rule of thumb is half your body weight in ounces. So if you are a 125 lbs than 63 ounces of water would be the baseline. If you exercise or live in a hot climate you will need more.

Going to the bathroom every two-three hours is normal. And clear urine is normal (actually it is good--dark urine would mean too concentrated).

Have they asked you about any diuretics you might be ingesting: for example coffee, sodas, teas, some herbal teas (such as mint, ginger etc.)? Diuretics can increase the frequency and urgency of urination. Water is the best thing to drink rather than sodas or coffee or black teas for this reason.

Also, I have had really great luck with a homeopathic formula called uri-cleanse when I had urinary urgency and frequency. It's not expensive and I found that it helps me with my urinary frequency whenever I get a bout of it. See link below to find it online.

An acupuncturist who prescribes herbs might also be another good person to consult with. I wouldn't rule out getting other opinions. There are other things besides urinary tract infections that can cause this problem. You want to make sure that your doctors have ruled out everything.
lorac
08/11/07
bladder infection?
I've got a bladder infection, but I cant go to the doctor until Monday. I'm taking Azo and cranberry pills, is there anything else I should do?
rp
03/25/07
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  I would recommend an urgent care facility, or one of those clinics that are now showing up in many drugstores like CVS that have the Minute Clinic.
sokokl
03/25/07
Bladder Infection?
What are some effective home remedies for ridding of a bladder infection?
marina m
07/22/08
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  You've been spending a lot of time groping your way to the bathroom. You need to go a lot. But when you get there—well, not much happens. And when it does, it burrrnnnns.

Drink lots of fluids. This is probably the single most important tip, for two reasons: comfort and health.

"Some women get a UTI and think, 'Aha! It only burns when I go to the bathroom,' " says Dr. Cohen. "They then reason that they won't have to go if they don't drink, so they don't—which is absolutely the worst thing they can do."

The reason: The longer any amount of urine stays in the bladder, the more bacteria there are in it—E. coli doubles its population about every 20 minutes, according to Dr. Staskin. More bacteria mean more pain.

"Absolutely the best thing a woman can do to fight the burning is drink fluids to flush out the bacteria that are causing the inflammation," Dr. Cohen says.

"There's a very strong argument for drinking more fluid both to prevent UTIs and to treat them," Dr. Staskin says. "Studies have been performed where bacteria were mechanically introduced into the bladders of volunteers. But voiding just twice effectively sterilized the bladder."

Message: The more you drink, the sooner the pain will stop. And a hint: If your urine's clear, you're drinking enough. If it's colored, you're not.

Take a hot bath. "This helps relieve pain for many women," says Richard J. Macchia, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Urology at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn College of Medicine. "I don't think anyone's researched the exact mechanisms involved, but a hot bath often seems to help where there's inflammation."

Take aspirin or ibuprofen. "These are anti-inflammatories, and they do help some people," Dr. Macchia says. "They reduce the inflammation in the bladder, and the less inflammation, the less burning."

Take vitamin C. "About 1,000 milligrams taken throughout the day will acidify the urine enough to interfere with bacterial growth," Dr. Macchia says. "This is a good idea if you're having problems with reinfection or have recurrence in the middle of nowhere without quick access to medical help." Caution: Some antibiotics prescribed for bladder infections don't work will in acidic urine, so tell your doctor if you're taking vitamin C. Also tell him how much you're taking. Vitamin C is not toxic, but 1,000 milligrams is considered a large dose and should have your doctor's approval.

Back away. Wiping from front to back helps prevent infection from recurring, the doctors say. Wiping the wrong way is one of the most common causes of infection and a good way to get repeat infections. Wiping away is pure common sense, you want to move bacteria away from, not toward, the vagina and the opening of the urethra.

Go to the bathroom before intercourse. This helps flush out bacteria that may be present in the vagina, the experts say—bacteria that otherwise might be pushed into the bladder by intercourse.

Go to the bathroom after intercourse. This is where the myth of your partner's involvement gets its start—and like most myths, there's a grain of truth to this one, according to Dr. Staskin. A man's penis can massage bacteria present in the opening of the urethra into the bladder. Voiding effectively "rinses" the bladder out.

"There's no doubt that UTIs are more common in sexually active women," Dr. Cohen says. "But that's more the result of not knowing how to protect themselves than of sexual activity itself. If bacteria have been pushed into the bladder, urinating will flush most of them out."

Reconsider the diaphragm. "Diaphragms have been documented as major contributors to those who have stubborn, repeated bladder infections," Dr. Staskin says. "Two mechanisms are probably involved: Bacteria colonize the diaphragm itself, which is then inserted deep into the vagina, and the diaphragm interferes with bladder emptying, which means that bacteria already there aren't flushed out."

If this description fits you, you might want to talk to your doctor about another method of birth control.

Use pads instead of tampons. "No one's absolutely certain why certain women seem more susceptible to reinfection, but vaginal manipulation of some sort—sex, inserting the diaphragm, putting a tampon in—always seems to precede it," says Joseph Corriere, M.D., director of the Division of Urology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

"I advise those of my patients experiencing chronic infection at the time of menstruation to quit using tampons and replace them with pads," he says.

Practice good hygiene. Good hygiene means wearing cotton underwear that keeps you dry, avoiding tight pants that decrease ventilation, and most of all, keeping clean—but sensibly clean.

"If you don't bathe to remove bacteria in the perineal region [between vagina and rectum], obviously you run the risk of repeated infection," Dr. Staskin says. "But too much can be as bad as too little. Douching constantly can both introduce bacteria into the vagina and rinse out the normal "friendly," noninfectious vaginal bacteria, which are then replaced with infectious E. coli. Irritation of the urethra may occur, which may feel like another UTI. Strong antibacterial soaps can do the same thing—and change the vaginal flora enough to make the individual more susceptble to infection."

The point: Be clean, but don't be obsessed.

You could also try to drink canberry juice, I heard that works too....
Cia
07/22/08
Why do women seem to experience bladder problems and incontinence more than men?
I can understand women experiencing bladder problems if they have been through childbirth. But I have never had a baby, yet I have had bladder problems before, including a small bladder infection a few months ago. And during my life, I have known female friends who have not gone though childbirth, yet had bladder problems or slight incontinence problems at some point or other.
SadiePolly
08/01/11
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  Their urethra is much shorter than men's and if bacteria enters it finds its way quickly into the bladder. Women should also wash after sex in case bacteria has found its way there.
scoutma53
08/01/11
BLadder infection. ?
Ok I'm pretty sure I have a bladder infection. It feels like I have to pee every second. And when I so its blood. And it hurts.I no its gross but what will help for the pain until I can get to a doctor? Plz help I'm in so much pain M this is getting annoying
ximthebestx
08/26/09
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  Yep. Bladder infection. Generally though you don't have bleeding unless it's affected the kidneys. Do you have pain in your lower back? (flank area) If so, I would head to the ER. Kidney infections can be deadly if left untreated. In fact, bladder infections hurt so bad I would still go to the ER for the antibiotics and pain pills that numb your urethra so you can pee free of pain. If you want to wait though, there's not much you can do besides drinking as much water as possible to help flush out the infection, but that will cause you to pee all night which contributes to the pain. I know the grocery stores (most) carry over the counter meds to help the pain(Azo is the name), but it never worked for me. But it might be worth a try. Hang in there!
Mesmerized
08/26/09
Can a UTI or bladder infection cause bedwetting?
My girlfriend has been complaining of frequently having the urge to urinate but not passing much urine.She says she feels a little fatigued & lacks energy.Last night she urinated while she was sleeping.She is very embarrassed about it.Could she have a UTI/Bladder infection & could that have caused the bedwetting?
Dom Hollow
09/23/08
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  That sounds exactly like a UTI/bladder infection. I diagnose them by just such symptoms every day and I'm betting the accuracy is well over 90%. Send her in to her doc right away, before it progresses. They will test her and probably start her on and antibiotic like Cipro (which is what my wife just got done taking).

If the symptoms perdist after the medicine run, report it back right away as these little buggers can hide in the bladder and keep coming back if the antibiotic wasn't strong enough or the right one. My mother had one that took 6 months and 4 different antibiotics to finally kill. As you might guess, there is sometimes as much art as science in figuring out what will work for each person and their particular bug.

At this point, home remedies like drinking cranberry juice will NOT work. Have her make the appointment TODAY.

Tell her: In the future, drink cran juice to help prevent more infections. Always pee completely out so urine doesn't sit in the bladder and let infections grow. Pee before and after sex. Same with washing. Take showers instead of baths as that lets gravity take bacteria down the drain. Baths let water into the vagina and urethra that can have bacteria in it.

Once you have had one UTI/bladder infection, you will be more vulnerable to them compared to someone who has never had one. Most people who get one WILL get them again, so do all you can to minimize the risks...
Best wishes,
Ed, RN
RNcalledEd
09/23/08
What is the difference between a bladder infection and a urinary tract infection?
I have had both both but I never really understood the difference. A bladder infection obviously affects your bladder opposed to your urinary tract and the UTI affects the urinary tract. How do the symptoms differ? Are they both treated the same way? Thanks
Tanooki_Statue
02/13/10
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  The symptoms of both are about the same, with the exception of pain / discomfort in the pelvic area (for bladder infection) and the kind of urine you pass (cloudy / strong smelling for cystitis and bacteria in the urine for a UTI.

Bladder infection (cystitis) symptoms

■A strong, persistent urge to urinate
■A burning sensation when urinating
■Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
■Blood in the urine (hematuria)
■Passing cloudy or strong-smelling urine
■Discomfort in the pelvic area
■A feeling of pressure in the lower abdomen
■Low-grade fever

UTI symptoms
■A strong, persistent urge to urinate
■A burning sensation when urinating
■Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
■Blood in the urine (hematuria) or cloudy, strong-smelling urine
■Bacteria in the urine (bacteriuria)
Robert W
02/16/10
I'm almost 15 and I struggle with some bladder incontinence?
My doctor told me that I had a bladder infection over a year ago and I was put on antibiotics but I found out later that I really didn't have one.. he was just taking precautions since I was going away. But ever since then I've struggled with bladder incontinence, it kind of just leaks out over time:P What should I do? I've been back to my doctor for it.. but he doesn't do anything.
Smiley
10/24/08
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  I'm so sorry to hear that you're having these problems. The bottom line is that you should go back to your doctor, and if you don't get satisfactory advice or don't feel like he's taking it seriously, get a referral to someone else, preferably a urologist or urogynecologist (a urologist who specializes in women's bladder problems). Believe it or not, these problems are VERY common, even though no one ever talks about it. Many recent studies have suggested that 10-25% of women under the age of 30 have regular problems with incontinence.

Rest assured, most cases of incontinence are curable. The first thing is to make sure the incontinence isn't a sign of an underlying disease. If not, the treatments vary with the type of incontinence, so it will be important for you to be able to tell your doctor precisely when you leak urine and how much. Is it just a few drops or squirt when you laugh/sneeze/cough/exercise? In that case, exercises or biofeedback are often effective. Do you get sudden, strong urges that you're not able to control and then you lose a large amount of urine? In that case, there are several medications that are available.

In the interim, there are many products on the market that can help you cope. If you're interested, I can send you some links.

I hope you feel better!
Rachel M
10/24/08
over the counter medicine for bladder spasms?
is there anything i can get over the counter for bladder spasms. i do not want to go to the doctor again to much money ive already spent 2,000 bucks just to get rid of my bladder infection.
seximelissa4u
10/30/07
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  there is nothing over the counter...You have to see your doctor.
S P
10/31/07
Yeast infection or something more serious?
Hi,
This all started 1 month ago, My periods were late and I started worrying... On the day my frequent urination started I had this weird light pink creamy like discharge... and it kept going, I was tested for UTI and ghonorreah and chlamedia they all came back negative, I then went to the doctor and he said U ahve a bladder infection for which he game me antibiotics... During all of this I kept urinating and urinating non stop...a week later I went to another doctor and she did some swabs and it came back positive for candida albicans...by that time I got my periods, I went back to the doctor she said to treat the Yeast infection with over the counter stuff, I did use monistat 3 days and on the day after the 3rd day it felt like my infection started again..at this point I had this weird mucous stringy discharge, she game me diflucan but nothing and I am presently on a 7 days terazol cream...Now my bladder seems to hurt same as my ovaries and the constant urination is still there.
I really don't know what to do.. is this still a serious yeast infection or should I consult a gyne???? Can a yeast infection cause frequent urination??!!! Or my bladder and the weird discharge are 2 separte things?? Help anyone?
Katia C
04/27/08
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  I know EXACTLY how u feel, and believe me when I tell u, u r not alone. There's a lot of people I've saved on here as contacts that r going thru the same thing! Sit back because this is going to be long, but I know you're looking for help so hopefully u would not mind. The problem is, these doctors don't know what's going on with people 2day wih all these sicknesses going on and our men coming back from Iraq with all kinds of stuff. I had been suffering from bv and yeast infections and none of the medicines that the nurse was giving me weren't working. They worked while I was using them, but the second I stopped, it came right back. I had a real strong urge to urinate every 20 minutes and nuthing hardly came out, and like u, they tested me for UTI, chlamydia and ghonorreah and they all came back negative. I was in and out of the ER and I kept getting the same results. My fiance tried to support me and make me feel as positive as possible but he just had no clue how that mess affects your life and how you perform during the day. Finally, when the bv left, that's when I had problems with the frequent yeast infections. My own gynochologist couldn't even help me out when I went home from school to see her. Finally, I got tired of going to the doctor and just took it upon myself to do what I felt I needed to do, including going to the store and getting monistat. Only I had got the 7day kind. And I guess the difference was it worked for me, better than anything they tried to cure me with. The frequency was there for a while but it finally left. But all I can tell u that a lot of this stuff comes from stress. I got so tired I changed my diet. I'm a really small person but it didn't make a difference. I started eating yogurt at least 4 times a week, took pop out PERIOD (I'll drink it every blue moon but not as much as I used to. Haven't had it in like over a month now) I stick to water, cranberry juice, or vitamin water. Maybe gaterade every now and then. But mostly water and cranberry juice. When I get an urge for candy (which I still eat but not as much) I sub it for fruit. It veggies every once in a while and take your vitamins (flinstones vitamins work just as well for adults as they do kids.) And although I didn't want to do it, they say when u take a shower (no baths) clean down there with just plan water and make sure everything is off the vulva area. I have a seperate towel I use to wash down there and I clean gently with warm water in the vulva area and around the labia area. And when I get out the shower, I pat dry with tissue and dry with a blow dryer on low EVERY TIME. Sometimes our towels can carry bacteria from the dirt it picks up from the rest of our bodies which is why I pat dry with the tissue. That's just me of course. And also I use Rephresh. I went back to my nurse because my frequency had come back after a month, but for the first time everything was fine. The Rephresh does make it look like u have a yeast infection for a minute but it's not an infection it's just the product. It works for a lot of people but some don't have good results from it. My nurse told me everything was normal but my ph balance was low. So i do stick to my habits, and make sure I use Rephresh twice before my cycle comes, and twice after it's over, because that's when your ph balance is at it's lowest when it comes to menstrual. Also, I have to take Yasmin to keep my cycles regular and also to help my acne. My cycles r the exact same way. Most of the time it comes from a lot of stress, and if not stress, if you're a really small person like I am, it happens a lot. Try these habits and see how they work out. So far I've been infection free for a little over a month now, and hopefully I won't be having these problems anymore. Six months was more than enough for me. And if u use tampons, cut them out if you're having infections. They make the infection worse. for the first time in a long time I'm about to go back to them but I'm going to try Kotex instead of Tampax because of how the Kotex pads made me feel comfortable during my infections. That's all the advice I can give u from my six months of struggle. But try what I tried. It may take a while to see results but u should see something if u continue to stick with the habits.
Ms. Musically Inclined
04/27/08
Is there a difference between bladder infections and urinary tract infections?
I've comonly been diagnosed with Bladder Infections, but there was a time I was told I had a Urinary Tract Infection. The only difference I noted was that during Bladder Infections I didn't pee out blood like when I had a urinary tract infection. I was just wondering if there is a difference or if they are both the same?
Kristin S
10/13/08
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  Yes they are the same try drinking more cranberry juice NOT cranberry juice cocktail just cranberry juice, it will help your body clean out all the ickys
Charlie
10/13/08
Bladder INfection?
How long did yours take to clear up? I got medication this morning and the condition started yesterday. Please tell me. I am experienceing severe pain after I pass urine and my bladder contracts. I am even afraid to go to the bathroom.
◄☯♫ vanitee of vanitees ♫☯►
07/24/07
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  are you taking antibiotics for it? leviquin will clear it up in 3 days, other antibiotics take 7-10 days to complete your medication dosage. Did they do a UA on you or a culture or both? was there blood in the urine? key-tones? did they explain it to you some? Peridium is usually given for bladder pain and Valium for bladder spasms, macrodantin is another for UTI's. I have chronic bladder problems of the worse kind, (operations one), but part of my disease is frequent UTI's, patients of my nature have to take medication all the time. Symptoms may pass after a couple of days but complete what ever medications they gave you, even if you feel better, if it is antibiotics. Go to the bathroom if you feel you have to go, just don't strain. Drink plenty of water! You probably have another day or two before you start feeling yourself again. Good luck
Tash
Tash
07/24/07
How long should a man wait to have sex after having a urinary tract infection?
Currently on antibiotics for the next 6 or so days and have returned from a short sojourn in hospital due to the infection. I would like to cosy up to my wife, but am worried that sex may cause a rerun of the infection, which, by the way, I would not wish on my worst enemy.
The doc says the infection is due to an "irretable bladder" which reacts to stress and was not caused by my prostate or bad hygiene.
Sorry, "irritable"
GazunkaNuts
06/07/09
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  Have to tell you that urinary infection can come from sex itself. It can be related. Unclean can get you urinary track infection. Some of my friends kept laughing at this 1 girl that had the strongest infection ever saying she sleeps around too much. antibiotics happen to do the biggest damage to liver and kidney overtime. It's better that you don't do anything until you're fully cured you don't want the infection worst or pass it on because germs will transfer. Also urinary track infection if it gets up enough to your kidney it can do permanent damage don't take it lightly.
Make sure you're 100% cured and then go enjoy your life. :P
melon
06/07/09
I've had sort of a painless cystitus for two months, no pain.?
But urinary frequency is very troubling. Tried Detrol and Enablex, didn't help. Did anyone else have this problem?
The urologist said I had had a minor bladder infection which had cleared up, but left the bladder irritated.
lucille27_99
06/29/08
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  Have you been diagnosed with cystitis? There are many other causes for urinary frequency besides cystitis. If you haven't already, check with your doctor to be sure you aren't becoming diabetic, developing interstitial cystitis, or have any other factor causing your frequency.

You didn't say how old you are, but sometimes frequency can be related to menopause.
Bad Kitty!
06/29/08
How to heal a bladder infection if you were stranded on a deserted island?
Anyone ever thought of it? My boyfriend (actually common law husband?) is just getting over a serious bladder infection that almost killed him. He had fever, chills and vomiting for a couple of days before he finally got DEATHLY sick and ended up in the hospital with sepsis. The wonders of modern science. It got me thinking if we were both stranded on a deserted island and this happened, how would I get him over it? Would I be able to get him over it or would he just die? Maybe this is something that should be taught in a survival class because it COULD happen!
kristen
01/19/08
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  He'd need to drink a lot of fruit juice rich in vitamin C.
Robert S
01/19/08
I have a bladder infection, I went to my doctor and he prescribed me with sulfatrim and told me not to have?
I have a bladder infection, I went to my doctor and he prescribed me with sulfatrim and told me not to have sex for 10 days. Instead like a fool, I did not listen and I noticed that after I had sex I had this light-light pinkish-brownish discharge. Could this be from my infection? Or could this be something else more serious?
all the answers were good. thanks to everyone and oceangrl03 you right lol i couldnt resist your answer made me laugh and stop me from worrying so much! thanks again everyone!
and to are you SERIOUS, yes im taking BC. I use the NuvaRing. I'm also allergic to latex and must use lambskin condoms but most of the time I use none at all which I know is not good! I'm working on stopping that now but I must say I'm in a monogamous relationship so I don't hae to worry about STD's or anything of that nature.
dopeSHORTii
06/08/07
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  Its probably from the infection. Your bladder and vagina are in VERY close proximity to one another, so if you were having sex, you were rubbing your bladder, and irritating things. Furthermore (I don't know much about this particular drug) it may have irritated your vagina and/or cervix and this too is causing your discharge. The doctor MUST have told you to abstain for a very good reason!

Finally, PLEASE tell me that if you're using hormonal BC (pill, shot, ring, etc) that you used backup birth control! The #1 way a lot of women get pregnant while using these methods is by taking antibiotics and NOT using backup BC.




EDIT: I never mentioned a word about STD's. I was MORE worried about the possibility of unplanned pregnancy....Please read my last paragraph more carefully!
Brutally Honest
06/08/07
How can I tell the difference between a interstitial cystitis flare up and a bladder infection?
I had interstitial cystitis about a year ago, but now I am having similar symptoms again. I am taking Dyflucan for systematic candidiasis, whih I started taking recently. Medications can tend to flar up the IC, but I also had a bladder infection recently and this feels similar. Besides going to the doc, is there another way to distinguish between the two?
Dino E
04/17/09
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  Many people suffer from different bladder conditions but it can be hard to tell if the difference between Interstitial Cystitis and a bladder infection. Often times, people are too quick to label the problem as a bladder infection without getting the proper diagnosis. Let’s take a look at the differences between IC and bladder infections, to help you better understand the problem you are having.

IC or Interstitial Cystitis is when the bladder becomes inflamed. This can be caused by an autoimmune disease such as lupus, scleroderma or fibromyalgia or it can be a stand alone condition with no known cause. Some of the symptoms that you may experience with Interstitial Cystitis (IC) include bladder frequency, very painful bladder spasms, low bladder capacity, and sometimes even incontinence. Many times people that suffer with IC often go miss-diagnosed. Many doctors diagnose the problems as a common bladder infection. Doctors have even diagnosed such symptoms as stemming from emotional problems.

Now let’s take a look at what a bladder infection is all about. A bladder infection is also known as a urinary tract infection or UTI. It's caused from bacteria and is a bacterial infection that affects any part or all of the urinary tract. Many get confused as urine contains many bi products of waste from our bodies but none of which is bacteria. Urine can contain many different fluids such as waste products, water and salt, all of which are bacteria free. When bacteria get into the bladder it multiplies fast in the urine and causes a bladder infection.

There are many different symptoms that come with a bladder infection. An urgent need to urinate is perhaps one of the main symptoms that characterize a bladder infection. The bladder will feel full and you will feel pressure as if you have to urinate immediately and quite frequently. Many also feel a pain or burning sensation when they empty their bladder and often times little to no urine actually come out. Some people may even be able to see the bacteria in the urine as the urine will appear cloudy and can have a foul odor. A fever may also be present.

Hope you feel better. : )
Affy007
04/17/09
Otc remedies for a "women's" bacterial infection?
Before you say it let me stress this. I CAN NOT afford a doctor. It's not bad, if the case is even that an infection is the problem. I just need to know if there are any effective OTC remedies available.
It's not a bladder infection, I've had that before too.

It's more of a heavy white discharge and some intching and inflamation. Nothing on the inside is having any symtoms right now, like no cramping or anything
BW
12/06/08
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  Go to Planned Parenthood or a women's clinic, they base your payment on your income. If you make less than $10,000 a year, they don't hardly charge you anything, trust me. I used to get free exams and STD tests all the time before I started making more money. You have to go and get a pap smear, and see what is really wrong. You might cause irreversible damage to your reproductive system if you don't.
Nancy U
12/06/08
How bad is Bladder Cancer for an 84 year old woman?
My Grandma has be diagnosed with Bladder Cancer at age 84. The Doctor told her that it is somewhat aggressive. She has to go for treatment every Friday for the next six weeks. Is Bladder Cancer something that you can die from easily? I am scared that she won't be around much longer. Any advise is great thanks.
They are going to inject a bacteria into her bladder and that's it. No chemo.
She does smoke and drink. She won'y quit smoking, she's done it for years.
jackie23290
08/22/08
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  "Joseph F" is right. But if you truly want the details for predicting her prognosis, you must know the stage and grade of her bladder carcinoma. Your grandma can get this information from her doctor if she wants you to have it. (patient confidentiality rules - it's her choice)
When you know the stage and grade of her disease, you can look it up online via the NCI or ask us here on YA. There are a number of cancer specialty doctors and other very knowledgeable medical people on this site.
Spreedog
08/23/08
Am I too young to have overactive bladder?
I'm only 26 and today my Dr. told me that I have overactive bladder and I also keep getting bladder infections. Plus I have IBS is this normal for young people?
The bladder infections are because I try to limit my fluids so I don't pee every 5 minutes, and I don't smoke or drink.
Michelle
08/30/08
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  yes, it is pretty normal. Since you have bladder infections you will have to go to the bathroom more often. Just keep drinking plenty of water and take any antibiotics that the doc might give you.
Matt A
08/30/08
Which antidepressants will help with bladder spasms?
I was reading about Tofranil, used to treat depression and bladder spasms. I have both of these and this seemed like a miracle drug but after further researching it i might not be able to take it. Something i did come across though while researching bladder spasms was that "some" antidepressants (including Tofranil) will help sooth the bladder. Does anyone know any of the other antidepressants that could help with bladder issues?
Jason
04/05/11
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What exactly does it mean to "tack up" a woman's bladder?
I have developed bladder incontinence although I am only 44 and have only one child. But I have had alot of illness and catheteriziations. Next week they're gonna "tack up"my bladder. What does tat mean and what can I expect?
Clover
01/25/08
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  My mom and my older sister both had this surgery....more than likely, your pregnancy caused your bladder to gradually
move downwards out of its usual place....to "Tack Up" a bladder is referring to the surgery that puts the bladder back into its proper place....I believe they use stitches, which are removed later. Your doctor should have explained this to you. Why don't you call and ask him for the details? My sister had it done as an outpatient, but it took about 2-3 weeks for recovery. She was sore afterwards and not able to lift things, but is fine now.
DRS
01/25/08
Peeing Issue?
The past few months, I have been peeing ALOT! But have no burning, stinging, or any of the UTI or bladder infection symptoms except that I pee alot.
I am 13, Is that too young to have overactive bladder?
And Enablex which treats that, says its for adults. Im 13, is that too young.

(please answer all the questions)
thanks!!!!!!!!!
IM NOT SEXUALLY ACTIVE, I DONT HAVE DIABETES, AND I DONT DRINK ALCOHOL! IM 13 years old, I would never
KristenAlly
06/21/08
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  Have you been drinking a lot of water recently? Or have you started drinking alcohol?
Andy P
06/21/08

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