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    AHHH I think I may have fallen prey to a UTI... anybody have any suggestions BESIDES antibiotics to fix this?

    This is terrible!

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    Yes. Two things found at most health food stores. D-Mannose (comes in a powder form) and is the part of cranberries that help coat the bladder so that the bacteria can't stick. You put a teaspoon in water and drink (it has no taste), every few hours.
    It can be expensive for the container ($28) but it lasts FOREVER. And having it on hand is key....

    Second, Uva Ursi... you can get either tea bags, or a tincture that you put 20 or 30 drops in water and drink. Again, once every 4 hours or so.

    In the meantime, if you're okay with it... take some Uristat or something comparable to help the pain for the first few hours until the other stuff kicks in. Drink lots of water to flush things through and avoid anything sugary (which you probably mostly do anyway, but that contributes to UTIs.)

    They suck... I used to get them all the time, so I remember...good luck!
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    • #3
      Thank you so much! I have a SUPER LONG day coming up, the Uristat will probably help me until tonight! Super, super helpful! I really appreciate it!!

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      • #4
        You bet!
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        • #5
          I FEEL your pain.. quite literally as I have a UTI at the moment. I'm on antibiotics for it as I can't take any chances where my kidneys are concerned as I'm a diabetic. I know there must be something natural that cures them, so I'm going to try these recommendations too. Thanks Minxxa.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by StoneAgeQueen View Post
            I FEEL your pain.. quite literally as I have a UTI at the moment. I'm on antibiotics for it as I can't take any chances where my kidneys are concerned as I'm a diabetic. I know there must be something natural that cures them, so I'm going to try these recommendations too. Thanks Minxxa.
            For you SAQ, D-mannose, if your blood sugar can tolerate it, is a great preventative.


            Tara, give it 24h, if there isn't a marked improvement, the abx are worth it.....it's not worth risking a kidney infection.



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            • #7
              A onetime bullet: 1 heaping tsp sea salt in 8 oz water.

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              • #8
                Great point Cilla... if it's not going away (without the Uristat stuff which just covers the pain), then definitely it's better to do abx.

                At one point I would just take the d-mannose whenever the stuff happened which tended to make them more possible (i.e. sex, alcohol and/or my period... or a mixture of any of the two), just to fend them off. I love that stuff.
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                • #9
                  I finally have insurance so if it doesn't go away, I will definitely go in. Didn't get a chance to try the natural stuff today so I will have to go look for it tomorrow, I'm thinking I will try Henry's or Whole Foods? Are those the places I might be able to find the two you suggested? This is the 2nd one I have had in 3 years... so I guess I'm doing okay.

                  PS. The uristat can NOT be good for me, it turns my pee like, psychedelic colors! What?!

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                  • #10
                    LOL, yeah, that's what it does. It's part of the medicine that's making it not hurt. But yea, it's not a long term thing at ALL, just to get you to not be miserable while your meds are working.

                    I get D-mannose at whole foods, but Henry's most likely will have it. You may want to call if you don't want to be driving around! You should feel a difference in 12-16 hours for sure. I usually take a uristat when I take my first dose, and then don't take anymore as it should start working before the uristat wears off... if not, doctor it is!
                    sigpic "Boy I got vision and the rest of the world is wearing bifocals" - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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                    • #11
                      Thanks CillaKat!!

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                      • #12
                        Make sure your doctor cultures your urine!!! A lot of times doctors don't culture it (I was diagnosed with a ton of UTIs before finally seeing a urologist who said they never cultured my urine. It turned out that I had pelvic floor disorder and was not actually getting UTIs at all--talk about a lot of unnecessary antibiotics!).

                        But, if they do culture it, they can put you on an antibiotic that is matched to your bacteria, which results in a better working antibiotic and prevents having to take a second course of antibiotics.

                        I'd also at least go see a gyno rather than a GP to get diagnosed.

                        From what I've read, most of the time you need to take antibiotics for a UTI. There's not a lot of getting around it. Certain things work at preventing them. And there are things to take to relieve the pain, but not to make it go away.

                        If you are concerned about uristat, you could also take a teaspoon of baking soda in water, which will work to lower the acid in your urine and relieve pain the same way. (Don't do this if you have any heart problems though!!!)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Tara View Post

                          PS. The uristat can NOT be good for me, it turns my pee like, psychedelic colors! What?!
                          I added this in a long comment above, but just in case it gets buried in there: you can also take a teaspoon of baking soda in water and drink it and it will work similarly to uristat by reducing your urine's acidity (which is causing a lot of the pain right now). But, do not do this if you have any heart issues!!!

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                          • #14
                            Thanks so much, Kara! If I ever get one again, I will have to give it a try!

                            I stopped taking the Uristat yesterday, no pain... is it possible that it was a false alarm? I don't know what else would cause that sort of feeling?

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                            • #15
                              I have that "false alarm" feeling happen occasionally and my doctor said it's certainly possible to simply have an irritated urinary tract that would feel pretty much like an infection.
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