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    I read somewhere that when taking antibiotics with IC it can hurt/cause more pain in the bladder. While leafing through material on this site, I read that there is a medication that should be coupled with the antibiotic, should you need to take them. My Mother has just found out that she has another UTI and she can't find the information I gave her and I'm not sure where I read it and she is going to pick up her perscripyion today, does anyone know what the name of the medication is?

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    Sometimes people taking antibiotics will develop yeast infections, but that doesn't happen with everyone or every time. If she does develop yeast symptoms, her doctor will prescribe treatment for her. Some people feel they need to take acidophilus (not sure about spelling), but when I tried taking it, it caused severe digestive upset for me. And I haven't had a yeast infection for over thirty years.

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      I had a yeast, ic, and uti at once it was awful three months before getting relief. I felt like i was in a freddy kruger movie and being tortured. I pray that i never have a severe flare like that again, pray for hopes of a cure.
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        I was in a hospital for 5 days with an intestinal infection. They main-lined antibiotics into me plus I had to take them orally. I was in great pain but I don't think it bothered my bladder. Since the lower intestine and bladder are close the only way I could tell it was not a flare was I did not have frequency. The pills made me sick to my stomach. Somehow I kept them down. Without the anitbiotics the infection would have spread through my whole system. I had no chose. They gave me something to help me not to throw up. I don't know what it was. I would ask her Doctor. I hope your Mom is able to take the meds and gets over the UTI. ASAP. Hugs, Ziggy

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        • #5
          Thanks everyone! My gosh, I did not realize you could get a yeast infection from antibiotics. When you sent the info Donna, I quickly got on the phone to my Mother and she told me that she had never had a yeast infection, I'll keep my fingers crossed that she doesn't get one. Three months of being sick Linda, is a long time, I pray your never back in that position again! Ziggy, were you diagnosed with Diverticula, my Mother also has Diverticula and was very sick with an infection and the antibiotics she had to take made her sick as well, seems that there are some antibiotics that have sulfer in them and that may be why you were so sick too. No one in my family can take the sulfer, it makes us all sick. My Mom has been taking her medicine and is starting to feel better, she is terrified as to what her future holds, her uro has her on medication to stop bad bacteria from multiplying in her bladder and all of the sudden she has a UTI again, she is scared she will continue to get them now if the medication is not working. My Mother can't empty her bladder all the way and has terrible pain in her urethra all the time now and can't imagine having to cath. I'm praying that her UTI is a fluke and that it will clear and not return, I can't imagine her being in any more pain than she is now, having to cath would send her over the edge. I hope you all feel better in the New Year and thank you for taking the time to be so helpful, we would be lost without you all. Take care, Carolyn

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          • #6
            Hi Carolyn. It was diverticulitis and bad. They wanted to take 14 inches out of my colon. I asked for a second opinion and was told by this other Doctor that in 75% of cases the body heals it's self. All over every medical record I have states that I am allergic to sulfur. They always find something else to give to me. Still many kinds of meds make us sick. For me it is better to weather it out rather then have an infection spread through-out my body. By the way so far my Diverticulitis seems to be healing and I don't eat the things my Doctor told me to avoid. Hoping all the best for your Mom. I am so sorry she must deal with this. Keep us informed. Hugs, Ziggy

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            • #7
              Some people take Pyridium or AZO (over the counter pyridium) when they have a bladder infection and take antibiotics. It reduces pain in the lower urinary tract -especially that nasty burn on urination that seems to go with UTI's. It tends to color the urine bright orange & if it gets on the carpet, it's a pretty much permanent stain. It can help though.
              Kadi

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              • #8
                Good morning Ziggy~
                when my Mother had her infection, it was bad and she was so sick and it took a long time before they gave her a diagnosis, she could have died. I can't begin to imagine what you went through if they sugested removing 14 inches. Thank God your okay! I started canning foods when my Mother was diagnosed with diverticula, stuff she once enjoyed, but without seeds, then came IC. Now I can foods for her survival. She just had a follow up with her uro and I sent her with a list of questions she should ask. Turns out my Mothers UTI has been with her since she had her bladder lift in Jan of this last year. Initially my Mother was put on Vagi-Tabs, a supositiory inserted in the vaginal tract to replace estrogen which also helps to decrease the amount of bad of bad bacteria, problem was is that her uro never renewed her persciption. So now my Mother is taking the Vagi- Tabs permenantly as well as the Elmeron, which was increased to 6 tabs a day at least for a while. The uro told her she will be on this forever as well? I thought the whole point of Elmeron was to coat the bladder while giving it a chance to heal and restore the lining, wouldn't this mean that one day she would get better and be able to go off the Elmeron? She also started Elavil which I thought would help to block some of her pain which is everywhere, help her sleep and gain some weight, not to mention the downer times she has and which goes along with IC. My neighbor was showing signs of IC and so she went to get checked, it as confirmed the other day. I wish I could understand why IC is not given the attention it deserves, it makes me crazy seeing my Mother, and all of you suffering and absolutely nothing being done. I will keep you all in my prayers, we need a miracle! Carolyn

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                • #9
                  Good morning Kadi~
                  My Mother is also taking the Pyridium, she uses a maxi when she does because of the stains. In my reply to Ziggy, I mention that my Mom found out that she has had a UTI for over a year and is back on Vagi-Tabs (estrogen) to help replace what she had lost with menopause and to reduce the amount of bad bacteria. She also just started the Elavil, I pray it works. My Mother was told she couldn't take the Azo due to urinary retention and tried a supplement which did wonders for her pain, but she found that she held even more urine. Anyway, I just hope that she gets over this UTI, it can't be good to have had it go on this long. Thanks for everything and I hope you are well. Carolyn
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                  • #10
                    OMG A UTI for a year! This had to cause havoc thoughout her body. I don't understand why her Doctors did not find that. As far as my own IC goes I feel lucky Elmiron works for me. It does not work for all people. I look at it like a diabetic who must take insulin. If I must take it for the rest of my life and it helps the quality of my life then I am grateful. I take AZO only if my urethra is burning bad. It can be very dangerous to over-dose on it. In my opinion her UTI needs to be taken care of fully and completely before she can find relief. What a nightmare for the both of you! I am so sorry. If her current Doctor can not remove the infection you may want to get a second opinion. This has to be fixed ASAP in my belief. I sure am no expert. We were very blessed when our only Grandchild found the right Doctor to rid her of the UTI infection. Her organs were about to shut down completely and was saved by this Doctor after many months of dealing with ER's and clinics. That is just our experience. Each person is different. I will keep you both in my Prayers. Keep us informed if you can. I do know what it is like to watch one you love suffering. Horrible but there is hope. Hugs, Ziggy

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                    • #11
                      Thanks Ziggy! I'm so glad your grandaughter is okay, how terrifying for you all. My Mother is on day 4 of feeling better, as I think she is rid of her UTI for once. The thing with her Dr was is that he knew that she had a UTI all along. Once a month she tinkles in a cup, my Dad takes it to the Dr and they check for infection and each month she is perscibed antibiotics, this went on for 10 months and then it came back neg. for a UTI once the uro gave my Mother a medication to keep the bad bacteria from growing, so we never suspected another UTI. My Mother had her bladder lift a year ago and was perscribed vagi-tabs and when she was done with them, her Dr never perscibed her more, never told her that she would be on them for the rest of her life, so he seemed quite surprised when he asked my Mother if she was still taking them, she replied, you didn't refill them and never told me I would be taking them forever. My poor Mother has been through the ringer with this Dr, we know he loves surgery but were not convinced that he really cares about his patients, so far he's totally neglected my Mother as far as I'm concerned and the next Uro is in San Fran and not enough toilets in between. I passed your message onto my Mom Ziggy and she said to say thanks, I thank you too! Her Dr told her she could live with her UTI's when the subject came up since she holds her urine because of the bladder lift, he said that the mesh was in the way, basically she has to live with it. I will pose another question in the forum about physical therpy to retrain the bladder to release urine. Thanks for your help Ziggy, and many hugs back to you too, Carolyn

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