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  • Leukocytes found in my urine??

    Hi gals.
    Boy, I am not doing well. I have a nasty respitory virus right now and also woke up feeling like I may be getting yet another UTI. I just got over taking antibitoics for a UTI last week. I had a culture done three days after I started the antibiotics and it cleared the infection. How could I get another one so fast.
    I talked to the nurse a few minutes ago and she said that my urinalysis showed some bacteria (luekocytes). The doctor does not want to treat me yet though, she wants to see what the culture says first. So I have to wait until Monday or Tuesday as it takes three days for a culture. She did say to call the doctor and have her paged over the weekend if I should get worse though.
    What are leukocytes? Does this always indicate an infection? I know that I got rid of the last infection I had a couple weeks ago as my culture was clear after that. How could I get another infection so fast? I am very clean, and do not even have Sex bacause of all the pain I have. Could this indicate a kidney disease or something? I am really worried.

  • #2
    Those little buggers are white blood cells I think! I almost always have them even without infection. This is bad for me b/c my uro always throws me on anti before he gets the culture back. This is bad in my case but good in most cases like for someone without ic. Anti's actually irratate my bladder and only take them if my culture comes back postive. Then I get a flare. Well I think your uro is a smart cookie. I think others would disagree though. We are all different, and my uro thinks i'm a idiot because I swear it makes me worse. I do take it though if I do have and infection.

    IC diagnosed officially via cysto/urodynamics 1/26/07

    Grade II Endometriosis diagnosed via lap 12/11/07

    "Fall down seven times, Stand up eight."

    "Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think."

    Current Treatments:
    Interstim Since 5/25/07!
    Birth Control


    • #3
      I have had this too in my urine. I also have high WBC. One of my dr says infection my uro says wbc is normal is IC. i just dunno. before IC things were a bit easier, if i had WBC dr said infection and antibiotic helped my lower back pain(only UTI symptom i got pre IC)

      IC complicates things.

      Lyme disease diagnosed 11/05
      vulvar vestibulitis diagnosed 2/06 -worst case she has ever seen..very bad.
      IC diagnosed with hydro/cysto- may 17, 2006

      Over growth of lactobicilli found 8/07 treating with doxy.

      Was able to get my first internal exam evaluation for PFD....wohoo 1/18/07:woohoo:

      8/22/07- was able to get my first speculum exam, with pap

      Strep D found in bladder with United medical labs May 2006
      2 strains of strep in stool culture 9/06
      high Strep ASO titre found 10/06

      NEW MED

      Capsasin cream-once a day for 20min,
      BUt wont lie it does burn

      About to start valium supositories for PFD

      Trigger point injections- oct 07

      Current meds:
      Neurontin- 100mg at night supposed to work up to 300mg if i can tolerate it
      Zanaflex 2mg
      IC and low oxalate diet, no sugar diet
      Xanax for appointments to help relax me since they cause so much pain

      Started PT 3/07, PT has really helped me in ways I never knew that it would

      Meds ive tried
      Soma- can barely tolerate half a pill
      Atropine cream- didnt seem to work, although i found out I was applying the creams wrong
      Estradiol cream
      Urelle- caused worse bladder spasm and retention

      Various antibiotics for lyme which caused yeast and made the IC and VV worse

      waiting for the next chronic illness to pop up

      "Did you know?
      Every 15 seconds,
      a person is
      diagnosed with
      interstitial cystitis."
      Source: J. Dimitrakov, MD


      • #4
        Thanks for replying. When the nurse called she said they found I think small amounts of bacteria in the urine, and when I asked her what kind of bacteria, she said she did not know, that the urinalysis only shows certain things, but only a culture can show what kind of bacteria there is. Then she said there was luekocytes in my urine. I wonder why the doc would not want to treat it if there was any bacteria. I did the clean catch method so I used the sterile wipey to clean well before I peed. I guess I will have to wait until Monday or Tuesday and hope I dont get worse over the weekend. I just cant see how I could get another infection so fast in less than two weeks after I just over the last one. And I did get over the last one because I had a culture three days after starting the anti-b's and it was clear at that time. What could cause repeated infections with the same bacteria?


        • #5
          Leukocytes are white blood cells. They do increase when you have an infection, but they increase whenever there is inflammation -- if you are having a really bad flare you can have leukocytes present with NO bacteria. Your culture will tell you which of these you are experiencing.

          *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
          *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
          *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
          *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

          **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. 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.