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  • Do positive leukocytes in urine test mean a UTI? 2 drs with 2 different answers.

    Long and short of my story is I went to 2 separate doctors, and one said leukocytes being high means a UTI for sure, and another doctor completely ignored the leukocytes and tested only Nitrites, claiming it wasn't a UTI. I'm currently taking antibiotics but curious if anyone has been in a similar situation or can offer any insight? I can't fathom how theres 2 separate medical opinions on this topic but was curious if anyone had any insight.

  • #2
    I honestly don't know. It could be that one looks at an IC patient a little differently?

    How are you feeling?

    Donna
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    • #3
      My DR says leukocytes can be either infection or inflammation. Nitrites are always infection. IC can cause enough inflammation to trigger leukocytes, without a bacterial infections. So the answer is sometimes it means an infection and sometimes it doesn't.

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      • #4
        I'm still showing leukocytes. I had a bladder infection (AGAIN) and it triggered an IC flare. Because it is difficult for me to tell an IC flare from an infection, my urologist has me use professional quality dipsticks when I have bladder pain. I'm showing strong leukocytes but negative nitrites. The IC flare causes inflammation, which triggers the leukocytes. My follow-up urinalyses last week was negative for infection but they are culturing it just in case there is something there that doesn't show on a routine test. I've been drinking a couple of quarts of my Good Earth tea for the past few days and the pain is better. There is something in that herbal tea that is soothing to my unhappy bladder. Maybe the rooibos.

        I've been able to control my IC with diet for years. I'm hoping this is NOT my new "normal." Pain isn't severe, but the frequency is driving me nuts. Up two or three times a night.

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        • #5
          I hope you see some improvement soon. I know it can be so exhausting to be up at night. I'm very fortunate in being able to sleep well --- I go right back to sleep after going to the bathroom.


          Donna
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          Have you checked the ICN Shop?
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          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.
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