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  • Recovery after a bladder infection

    So I got an infection last Tueday and it was hell! And wasn't it the worst poss time ever? I had a million important things going on that day! Anyway, I am on the mend and no longer in pain, but I still have that urgent feeling and some pressure. Do you think it is bc I have an already sensitive bladder so it takes longer to heal? I had UTIs in the past but I can't rememeber if it took weeks to start feeling better. I have been taking a lot of Pyridium and it is actually helping, but I hate the bright orange staining.

    So what are your experiences after an actual UTI?
    Diagnosed: 07/11/07 after Cystoscopy - mild case of IC, I also have PCOS.


    Elavil 25 mg - 2 x a day
    Elmiron 100 mg/3 x a day
    Macrobid - after sexytime
    Pyridium - as needed - it helps!
    metformin - for PCOS

    Stopped taking: Detrol LA 5 mg and Vesicare 10mg

  • #2
    I can't help you out a lot here but I can attest to the fact that UTIs can be really harsh on IC bladders. It was only because I got my first UTI a while ago that I even knew I had IC! While I had most likely been living with IC for years it wasn't until I had my UTI that I started my first flare. I would think you're correct when you say UTIs can be worse for us because our bladders are already so out of whack.

    That cranberry they kept force-feeding me didn't help either!


    • #3
      It does take me a while to heal after a bladder infection. It also depends on the antibiotics. I find I have no problem with PenVK or Keflex, but Macrobid really flares my IC. Sometimes I'm better within a few days, sometimes it's taken up to 2 weeks.
      I hope you feel better soon!

      I am not a medical authority nor do I offer medical advice. In all cases, I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

      New favorite quote: "God gives us only what we can handle. Apparently God thinks I'm a bad-ass" ~Author Unknown
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      Current treatments:
      -IC diet
      -Elavil 50mg at night
      -Continuous use birth control pills (4-5 periods/year)
      -Heparin/Marcaine/Sodium Bicarb home instills at night 3-4x per week, more often if needed
      -Pyridium if needed,
      -Pain medicine at bedtime daily, as needed during the day several times per week
      -Antibiotic when doing an instillation to prevent UTI
      -Colace & SmartFiber to treat chronic constipation from meds, Fleet enema as needed
      -Dye Free Benadryl 50 mg at bedtime
      -"Your Pace Yoga: Relieving Pelvic Pain" dvd, walking, treadmill at gym
      -Managing stress= VERY important!
      -Fur therapy: Hugging the cat!


      • #4

        I have very painful UTI's also. It takes a long time to get over for me also. Then I have pain around my period, so pain is getting common. I feel like I'm just going to have to live with pain alot of the time.

        However, I totally understand the painful UTI's sometimes I think I still have the UTI because the pain doesn't go away quickly.