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Severe Utis Every Couple Months

I need some information please. I have been getting UTI (urinary tract infections) for 3 years now nearly evry month to two months. I get them to the point of blood in my urine, no sleep from the pain. I have been going to the doctor and they prescribe meds and want me to see a specialist. I also do evrything in my power naturally before i go get the meds. The problem is I keep getting them. And i do not have insurance...I do not qualify for medicaid because financially were right on the line. So we cant afford to pay for doctors visits. I need to do something, im worried about my health, my kidneys and we want more children, wevere been trying for a year and nothing. SO i wonder if its connected. I need any advice to get me to the right place!
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Thanks so much for all the responses, keep them comeing...I will tell you what I have tried...cranberry juice yes, clears them up, but doesnt keep me from getting them, peeing after sex, front to back, low caffiene, I feel like ive tried everything. But they keep coming back, im worries about the effect on my kidneys and such....
anyways, thanks for all the responses so far, I truly appreciate it!

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I was having this problem for years and they started when I was young. Really young actually. I went to the dr everytime. They would give me diffent meds and every few months I would get hospitalized. Finally my mom made the suggestion that I go and see an OB/GYN and explain to them all the UTIs I was getting she actually thought it was something she could help with. She put me on a low hormone birth control pill even though at the time I didnt need them. They really did help with the UTIs. Along with the pills drinking plenty of water and cranberry juice daily really helped. When I decided to get pregnant I went back to the GYN and told her. She suggested that I eat yougart daily. It helps clear up UTIs but will also help prevent them. I also started prenatals right away too and between all of those things I hardly got any UTIs. There is also a pill called AZO I believe that you can start taking at the first sign of a UTI. IT is an over the counter pill and are really affordable. I would talk to a dr though if you do become pregnant because I cant remember if you can take them when you are pregnant, I havent had a UTI in so long. I hope this will help you. Good luck

what about externally? I know my girls and I all have a problem with bubble baths and some soaps causing things like that. I tell my girls not to wash with soap (I mean it's not like they get "dirty" there), and I avoid any scented bubblebaths and things, also I'm very careful about fabric softener (underwear). I don't know if you've already tried this, but it's a thought.

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As I was reading this I realized that I haven't had a UTI for about seven months now. It is amazing that I didn't notice how long it has been before reading your story. Seven months ago I switched all of my household products including my personal shower products to chemical free products. My laundry products are also chemical free. I can't tell you for sure that this is the reason, however it may be worth looking into. The company I purchase these products from also have a three berry supplement for urinary tract health. I would be happy to share this information with you if you would like. Just let me know! :)

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I know you said you dont have insurance- My friend was in the same boat. I know there are places that have sliding fee scales and so forth- or like free days if your income allows. Maybe try sourcing stuff like that?!?! If you do end up going to the doctor- I had the same problem a great Medicine for them (which wiped mine totally!!!) Was Leviquin. Its a strong med, but taken for 7 days (once a day) it was gone.I was hospitalized due to not going to the doctor- the infection traveled up into my kidneys and they were going to shut down if not taken care of. You dont want to jeperadize that!!! Hang in there..

Also I know over the counter I was told to take AZO cranberry tablets daily!!! Even if I didnt have one wiht cranberry juice!

A sign that your kidneys are getting into trouble is that they are super tender to the touch- they are sore like almost on your sides of your back- lower region. Just a heads up.

I was having this problem for years and they started when I was young. Really young actually. I went to the dr everytime. They would give me diffent meds and every few months I would get hospitalized. Finally my mom made the suggestion that I go and see an OB/GYN and explain to them all the UTIs I was getting she actually thought it was something she could help with. She put me on a low hormone birth control pill even though at the time I didnt need them. They really did help with the UTIs. Along with the pills drinking plenty of water and cranberry juice daily really helped. When I decided to get pregnant I went back to the GYN and told her. She suggested that I eat yougart daily. It helps clear up UTIs but will also help prevent them. I also started prenatals right away too and between all of those things I hardly got any UTIs. There is also a pill called AZO I believe that you can start taking at the first sign of a UTI. IT is an over the counter pill and are really affordable. I would talk to a dr though if you do become pregnant because I cant remember if you can take them when you are pregnant, I havent had a UTI in so long. I hope this will help you. Good luck

I've heard that eating yogurt and cranberry juice can help clear UTI's up pretty fast. The only other thing I can suggest is get antibiotics and take the full ammount. Otherwise, the infection never really goes away and flares every few weeks.
I had the same thing and going natural helped a little but I really needed the meds. Good Luck!!!

what about externally? I know my girls and I all have a problem with bubble baths and some soaps causing things like that. I tell my girls not to wash with soap (I mean it's not like they get "dirty" there), and I avoid any scented bubblebaths and things, also I'm very careful about fabric softener (underwear). I don't know if you've already tried this, but it's a thought.

A friend of mine had the same problem only she was getting UTI's every month, right along with her period. Finally when to a specialist and now she needs to have a hysterectomy. I would definetly look into it more.

Jamie,
I had several UTI's when I was pregnant. I talked with a friend of mine and she said to drink cranberry juice. Now I don't care for cranberry juice so you can eat dried cranberries, or buy capsules from the pharmacy department. Also she suggested eating rice. So I did these two things and they went away. So now I make sure to include rice in my diet several times a week. I hope you get to feeling better.
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