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  • UTI has put me into a flare

    I thought I was having just a little flare up 10 days ago but when I was up that Saturday night every half hour to pee I decided to get checked out for a UTI. I went to the emergency room and confirmed it was a UTI and have been on Cipro since then. The UTI was pretty mild but the past few days I have had a lot of burning in the vaginal area and an increase in the urge to pee. Now I think this is a flare up from the UTI but will try to see my Dr. by the end of the week if it persists.
    My point is that any sudden change in symptoms are not necessairly a flare and getting checked for a UTI is advisable.

  • #2

    My heart goes to all dealing with a UTI...
    I agree with being careful in diferentiating a flare from a UTI. For me UTIs are very distinct from a flare bc I bleed but not everyone bleeds on a UTI so need to be extra careful, check if the urine smells, has any small particles, if it is cloudy etc.

    My UTIs are so bad that after a few hours of onset I start peeing what looks like small flakes (pieces of bladder wall), and blood! My protocol is to immediatelly pee on a sterile cup and take macrobid (antibiotic), then I take the cup with my urine to the nearest lab for a culture. Well...I just had to do that.. I had UTI 2 days ago...
    I get raging yeast infections from taking antibiotics so I'm on Diflucan as well for (hope) prevention.

    What you describe as irritation in the vagina looks to me as yeats infection caused by Cipro which is a very potent antibiotic. Cipro is one of the best antibiotics to take care of a UTI but it gives me a yeast after the first pill! I can't imagine having to take it again for a 5 or 7 day course. NOT everyone gets yeast infections after antibiotics. I know many women who don't. I didn't get them either many years ago until I got IC.
    So, just in case you should get checked for yeast for sure. In any case, take probiotics to restore the gastrointestinal flora.
    Laser cervical surgery after abnormal pap (moderate dysplasia) in 3/2004
    UTIs since mid 2004
    Recurrent yeast infections since mid 2005
    IC dx 3/2006
    V V dx 12/2006
    Other conditions: IBS, allergies, dry eyes.

    Current IC medications:
    Elavil (since 12/06) 10 mg;
    Cysta Q (since 5/07)
    Rephresh acid jel every 3 days
    D-mannose, fish oil, Calcium Citrate, Multivitamins & garlic pills (sometimes)
    Probiotics Femdophilus or other brands
    Gy-Na-Tren for yeast infections (started using it as needed since 2010)
    Other Rx:Omeprazole 20mg; benadryl as needed, Restasis

    Past Meds and why I stopped them:
    Elmiron: March to September 2006: headaches
    Lyrica:2 weeks in 2006: headaches
    Cystoprotek: from Jan to April 2007: nausea

    Femcon Fe (2/07 to 10/07):caused spotting/bleeding
    BCP:Loestrin (since Ocotber 2007) to stop spotting for 2 months. V V worse. Stopped the pill in Nov 07.

    "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it"


    • #3
      Thanks for the tip about yeast. I have some Nystatin cream for yeast. I will
      give that a try.Today is my last day on the Cipro.


      • #4
        I thought I was getting a UTI last week but the dipstick and culture were both negative. Turns out it's doozy of a yeast infection and it's still going strong this week. Diflican hasn't kicked in. Today my frequency is way up but my pain is not really in my bladder like it is with UTI's and flares but my vagina is on fire and I've got major discharge. I hope you get to feeling better soon.

        Hang In There

        Let's keep praying for a cure.
        IC Symptoms began in early 2001
        Divorced : Sept 2002 (Partly due to IC)
        Diagnosed with IC in April 2004
        Most recent injury - Rupurtured Left Achilles Tendon
        Wed Jan 28 2009
        (Ice Storm Accident)
        2nd Achilles Tendon Surgery - May 28, 2009 after re-injury on May 17
        Other Injuries
        Broken Left Ankle - July 2004 ( fell off ladder)
        Broken Left Ankle (Again) - May 2005 (car accident)
        Sprained Left Ankle - November 2006 ( fell off my aunts porch on Thanksgiving Day)

        Elmiron, Pyridium


        • #5
          Thanks Texas Honey....I got rid of the yeast and the UTI is gone too.
          I am still having to get up 3 times a night since the UTI and I had been down to only once before the UTI. Grrrrrrr


          • #6
            UTIs always give me a flare. I had 2 follow-up urinalysis done after the most recent infection of June 7th. Both tests showed that the UTI had cleared. I started using Prelief multiples times every day, and eventually have gotten some relief.


            • #7
              Yep, UTI's always trigger a flare for me as well! Just getting over a nasty one. The Cipro works but it makes my joints ache and gives me a yeast infection. You cure one thing and get another...oh well, it's a small trade off.

              This painfully reminds me that IC is a chronic condition, it will not go away so I just have to take better care of myself
              Dg. with IC 2/15/10

              Other conditions: depression, ADHD, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS-C.

              Medications I'm on: Vyvanse 70mg, Xanax 1 mg as needed, Wellbutrin XL 150 mg, Vicodin 5/500 as needed for pain, Microgestin 1/20 continuously.

              Supplements I'm taking: Chondroitin Sulfate, N-acetyl-glucosamine, MSM 3gr/day, Pancreatin, B-5, Ester-C, and marshmallow root tea