The past several months now I've had frequent urinary infections. When I get urinary infections I become very aware of it from the start because my bladder begins to spasm causing chilled sensations throughout my body and a strange feeling in the crotch area. It's a very hard sensation to describe but it is very uncomfortable and actually causes my penis to shrink significantly in size. As soon as the spasms start either my mom or dad will catheterize me and the spasms go away, for the time being anyways. Usually a couple hours later they come back. Every time I have gotten a urinary infection I'd go get antibiotics immediately. I do this because many times my spasms cause me to get dysreflexic which basically feels like I'm dieng.
Apparently I have built up an immunity to antibiotics and my immune system has become very weak. The past few months after the antibiotic has taken effect and I finish the prescription, two weeks later I get another UTI. It's quite a hassle continually getting these infections because it pretty much locks me down to the house not wanting to go anywhere because of the bladder spasms. And if I do go out while infected I don't drink much which isn't good for naturally getting rid of the bacteria.
So recently I've begun racking my brain to figure out what to do. I have a very good urologist and he tells me the most probable reason is pressure in the bladder. Therefore according to him I must drink more and cath more often. I thought it may have a lot to do with the style of cathing I use, but he says this is unlikely. In fact, being as sterile as I am could cause more infections.
The last infection I came down with I was able to see the urologist right away. I had a ton of sediment and because of my frequency of infections he used a small camera to look in my bladder for kidney stones. He found none, so prescribed me an antibiotic and strapped a Foley catheter on me. This was the first introduction to the Foley catheter since initially breaking my neck. I've wanted to experiment with the indwelling catheter for pleasurable reasons mostly, so that everyonce in a while I could get a break from the aggravating scheduling and managing of fluid intake.
The next couple of days after putting the Foley on I drank as much as I wanted, flushed out the bacteria and never had any spasms. I had found a way to deal with my infections without having to run for drugs.
So I came up with a minor plan to try and cut down on my infections.
1) Drink more and cath more when possible.
2) Stop drinking in the evening to cut back on high volumes at night.
3) Boost my immune system by getting off the daily cranberry pill and using the Foley catheter to fight infections rather than drugs.
4) Strap on a Foley every now and then even when healthy, to give myself a break from the bladder pressures and to flush out my system.
I know people say that indwelling catheters cause more infections but it was my theory that doing it everyonce in a while could actually be healthy. Also, to a superficial standpoint I could actually go out and have fun without worrying about bladder pressures.
I decided to go out Friday night with some buddies and put a Foley catheter on. I went out, drank a few beers and had a good time. That night when going to bed however for some reason the Foley failed to empty for the first three hours I slept. When I turned over to my other side, the bedside bag rose to more than a thousand cc's. Saturday evening I felt the bladder spasms arrive and I've begun yet another cycle of bacteria. It is my belief that the large volume which fail to drain that night triggered the infection. It seems I'm very sensitive to high volumes. I'm confused to why the Foley failed to drain and I am also frustrated at what I thought would help me ended up hindering me.
All day long today I have been drinking quite a bit and simply cathing more often. Pretty much every time my bladder spasms I drain. I've yet to get dysreflexic but I'm worried about tonight. If I stuck to my original plan I would once again put a Foley on but since I believe it is the culprit of my present infection I am wary.
This has been a long explanation of what's been going on. My basic questions are:
How do I stop these infections?
Why did the Foley fail to drain?
Do all sci people get bladder spasms when infected?
According to my urine cultures, the infections I'm getting are not that severe but are very annoying and limit me in what I can do. Any tips or opinions would be appreciated. Thanks.