It has been about five months now and I still haven't been able to kick this urinary tract infection that keeps on manifesting every two weeks after I'm finished with antibiotics. I have spent countless hours scouring both carecure and Internet trying to find out ways to combat this problem and have been unable to find any solutions... it looks like going back on I. V. antibiotics next week. But I'm trying to find out maybe some dietary ways to combat this problem.
Quick background: three years post, S.P about the first year. I was on free damage bag and then I went to a valve in order to stretch the bladder out.I had been relatively free of UTI's for about 2 1/2 years until this past April. And since then, I have been unable to find any solutions ... and have gone back to using the leg bag.. I follow all of the necessary sterile procedures daily, use a drainage sponge, use antibacterial soap, take increibly strong cranberry extract pills twice daily, 2000 mg of Esther C., drink plenty of fluids, exercise and eat a healthy diet.
I do understand that with any indwelling catheter... I am subject to colonization of various types of bacteria, which then can spike at different times and result in urinary tract infection. is this related to the immune system in any way? Should I try to reduce all sugar out of my diet? For me, the symptoms include a slight fever, increase of nerve pain, incredible burning and achiness around ostomy site, , increased spasms,tiredness and confusion.
I've consulted with at least three urologist in my area, and none of them have been able to give me any sort of advice other than this is how it is. And if you have a catheter you just have to get used to it.one of my major concerns is that I have been developing a resistance to the antibiotics and now half to go on intravenous, anytime that I'm symptomatic. (since April, I've been on Leviquiin twice... for 14 days at a time/augmentum 10 days, amoxicillin 14 days and tobramycin for seven days)
I was wondering if anyone has found any dietary herbs/drinks/supplements that helped to keep their bacteria count down to a minimum. Or maybe found other ways other than taking antibiotics to relieve the symptoms of the UTI.
any advice or idea to be greatly appreciated... I really don't want to get on IV antibiotics again. Thank you again in advance for your time