UTI Symptoms Came Back

Looks like my combination of things didn’t work perfectly. At around 4pm yesterday I started getting a pain down there, and when I peed, it hurt at the beginning. I decided to go ahead and take the Ciprofloxacin. Sometimes UTI symptoms can disappear, but the infection is still there. I didn’t want to risk the infection spreading. The last thing I want is a kidney infection. I’m just hoping I don’t get a yeast infection thanks to the antibiotics. This just goes to show that fighting recurring yeast infections and urinary tract infections is indeed an on going journey. A frustrating journey for sure but one I will continue on. What have I learned from this UTI episode? Maybe I shouldn’t have rough sex towards the end of my period. I usually don’t have sex until my period is completely over, mostly because it’s irritated down there and I feel I might get a yeast infection if I have sex at that particular time. This time though, everything felt great down there and I was crediting it to my ban of artificial sweeteners in my diet.

This oh so annoying UTI episode also shows me that it is indeed a combination of things that keep the infections at bay. A good diet isn’t enough for me; I have to do all the other little things in perfect unison to keep the infections away. I do feel much better this morning. There is no pain at all when I pee. I think I will take one Ciprofloxacin pill this morning in addition to my normal pill routine of TheraCran and Azo Yeast and then that will be it for me. As far as the yeast infection, well I don’t have one yet. I’m taking 3 Azo Yeast pills a day this week because I feel a little irritated down there, but nothing that isn’t normal the week after my period. There goes my little experiment with artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols. I don’t know if eliminating them from my diet helped the irritation the week after my period or not because the irritation I’m feeling could be from the antibiotics. I’m still going to meet my two week goal of not having them in my diet.

UTI Alert

Well this morning was not a good morning when I woke up. First, I had a dream that I had a yeast infection. Then I woke up having to pee really bad, but I also had this unpleasant warm sensation in my bladder region. I went to pee and felt a slight pain at the end of my stream, which let me know this could be the beginning of a urinary tract infection (UTI). I couldn’t go back to sleep after that. Right after I peed, I still felt like I had to pee–not a good sign. I held off on trying to pee again because I knew it was just the sneaky UTI trying to trick me into thinking I had to pee when I really didn’t–only to cause me pain. I drank water all morning and took two TheraCran cranberry pills and two Azo Yeast pills. I peed a steady stream about 30 mins after I drank 2 big glasses of water. I then drank two more. I was really trying my best not to take the Ciprofloxacin my urologist gave me for UTI flare ups. I didn’t want the antibiotic to stir up a yeast infection.

I couldn’t believe this was happening, especially when I’ve been super good with my diet and I haven’t had  any artificial sweeteners in a week. The only thing I can think of is I recently stopped taking my birth control. I was supposed to start my new pack Sunday, but decided I wanted to try being off of birth control for a while because I hate all the side effects. I really just want to see if it helps my sex drive any and whether or not it will restore some of the moisture down there. My husband and I had sex on Saturday (Valentine’s Day), and we used a condom since I’m not on the pill. We used a polyurathane one (I’m allergic to latex) that doesn’t contain any spermicide stuff. We had rougher longer sex than usual and it was also the end of my period. I’m thinking maybe the combination of the two triggered the darn UTI symptoms. I felt fine on Sunday.

After my fourth glass of water today, I decided to take a nice long warm shower. I peed before my shower and it hurt some. After my shower I decided I would put Rephresh in. It was time to do it anyway, and I was hoping the Rephresh might balance out the pH inside of there and help keep a full blown UTI at bay. I took a nap after that and woke up about two hours later. When I peed this time, it felt better. I didn’t feel any pain. Maybe I won’t have to take the antibiotics after all. If I don’t, I’m not sure who to give the credit to–Rephresh, Cranberry pills, the good bacteria in the Azo Yeast, or the four large glasses of water I drank. It could have been a combination of them all. Whatever it was, I am glad to be feeling better. I think I’ll give things down there a rest for a day or two and also up my daily water intake by a glass or two.