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  • Best Remedy for UTI's

    I am sure this has been posted numerous times.

    I would really like to know what everyone has found for their best remedy for UTI's.

    I have swam around and tried different things and am more than sanitary. I increased my cathing to 4x a day now. I drink boatloads of water...all I drink. I have also heard it's the nature of the beast....but I refuse to continue on w/ a once a month syndrome. Seems like everything else is fine other than this. When I have asked my urologist this is what is response is .

    I am a T6/7 ASIA A and almost 2 years post.

    Birds Fly in Flocks, but Eagles Fly Alone...

  • #2
    I don't know, but I would like to know. I drink 3 litre of water everyday, eat c-vit, can't eat cranbarry or Hipprex. I shower every time I have done my things in the toilet and still I have had 12 utis since New Year. I don't even cath and I don't have rest urine.

    I have been like that for 23 years now, but it has gotten worse lately. The only answer the doctor gives is that some girls are like that and give me antibiotics.
    TH 12, 43 years post


    • #3
      My urologist wants me to cath every 4 hours, 6 at night. (I had been going 6 during the day, 8 at night). Its a pain in the neck but when I do, I don't seem to have any problems. As soon as I get overconfident and lazy, and the time between the intervals starts creeepppppinnnng up, and BAM, I get an UTI. My big issue is always being able to find an accessible place to cath every 4 hours.
      T7-8 since Feb 2005


      • #4
        I did try to cath like that for a year, but it didn't help me. I got the utis anyway. I am going to a urologist on thursday, I have been on the waiting list for 8 month so I hope I can get some answers then. I was to a SCI urologist in April, he wanted me to wait until Christmas.

        If he tells me anything really clever, I tell you in here.
        TH 12, 43 years post


        • #5
          cranberry extract pills(2 2x/day), garlic pills(1 2x/day), Vitamin C(1000mg 2x/day)

          works for me to clear up when one is creeping up on me and to keep them at bay when I'm in situations to make myself subject to them(camping, travel, etc)...
          L-1 inc 11/24/03

          "My Give-a-Damn's Busted"......


          • #6
            I usually have the same problem right before 'that time of the month'. If you find that you're similar, it clears right up for me when I start menstruating. Clear as a bell and all is right with the world again, lol.

            Men in medicine and male dominated CEO's of drug companies don't seem to give a damn about the paralyzed, especially women and their health ... so until women take over the world, we just have to deal with it.

            Ooooh that was bitter ... must be PMS'ing. Sorry. heh
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            T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12


            • #7
              Some important points that will reduce your risks for UTI:

              Cath every 4 hours during the day. The longer urine sits in your urine, the more the bacterial counts grow. You can go every 6 hours at night if you manage your fluids well.

              Never let your cath volumes exceed 425 cc.

              Clean and dry your catheters for 24 hours prior to reuse.

              Get urodynamics every 1-2 years (more often if you are having problems). Treat high pressures with medications as prescribed.

              Include in your annual check-up tests to screen for stones, abscesses, and other problems in your urinary tract. Include renal function studies too.

              Get a urologist who really knows neurologic urology.

              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.


              • #8

                I use a brand new Intermittent Cath everytime I cath.


                I have tried all that cranberry garbage it seems like a myth to me.

                I think I remember Cripply having a remedy...can you repost cripply if your reading this.
                Birds Fly in Flocks, but Eagles Fly Alone...


                • #9
                  "Never argue with an idiot; they'll drag you down to their level and other people may not be able to tell the difference."


                  • #10
                    I'm a quad and I use the shotgun approach.For my bladder I take:

                    Vitamin C probably 2.5 gram per day
                    K&B formula (K&B stands for kidney & bladder)
                    Cranberry capsules, take the recommended amount on the bottle. Same with K&B

                    Then I have my "break glass in case of fire" Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) formula that my acupuncturist prescribes. Any TCM practitioner can help you.

                    Finally and most controversially, I use colloidal silver in my water...

                    Read in a really fast voice: "The opinions expressed in this post, are the opinions of the poster and not represent the management of this web site, its doctors, or its nurses. The poster attended the school of hard knocks and has no diploma to speak of."

                    ... Keeping the immune system healthy is important I find. So I take garlic pills daily. I eat lots of yoghurt with live culture that I make myself. No alcohol. Lots of water as mentioned above. And I have an electrically legbag drainer on my chair, so I can drink lots without fear of a full legbag. Mine is from:

                    Sounds like a lot but I've gone from 14 bladder infections a year requiring antibiotics to 2 since Sep 24/2003.


                    • #11
                      any more suggestions.............

                      i want something easyyyyyyyyyyyy
                      Birds Fly in Flocks, but Eagles Fly Alone...


                      • #12
                        Yeah, me, too, spidergirl, I gotta do easy or I just won't don't it...

                        I travel a lot and since I've been taking this remedy, I rarely get UTI's anymore: rarely...

                        Try squeezing 3-5 lemons/limes into a glass of water each morning. Pure lemon/lime juice works far better than pills of any kind. Cranberry juice gets old, but ain't nuthin' like fresh lemon juice.

                        I learned this from urologists at UC Davis, and here in Chico. Started using it a couple years after injury, and now, as I said, I rarely get 'em.

                        Tastes good, too...

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                        • #13
                          my solution: hydration, keeping clean, & self-medicating early.

                          I don't wait for lab tests anymore. I've dealt w/ UTIs enough that I can tell when I'm getting one. I take a 3-day run (2x/day) of Septra/Bactrim & that does it. I keep this antibiotic on hand.

                          Granted, I've probably treated myself a couple times over the years when I didn't need to, but the times that I diagnose it correctly (high percentage of the time), I can be halfway finished with a treatment in the time it sometimes takes to get lab results back.

                          I'm out a lot, cath in public restrooms all the time, & average 1-2 UTI's/yr max. They haven't ever lasted more than a few days, nor have they ever been severe enough to keep me from continuing work, etc... usually just requiring more frequent cathing during the treatment period.

                          Oh, and flush your system with water every so often, like with a full liter in under half an hour.



                          • #14
                            Thank-you all for suggestions. I finally found a good urologist who is gonna take care of me really nicely. I have been on minimum bactrim daily and so far so good.

                            Scott Pruett, why bother ? i just want to make your flippy floppiness apparant since you attack me every chance you can. Have you joined the club yet?
                            Birds Fly in Flocks, but Eagles Fly Alone...


                            • #15
                              My problem turned out to be overly strong bladder walls & an overly strong sphincter. The walls would squeeze, the bladder wouldn't open, and the urine got backed up into my kidneys. Daily doses of a couple of drugs, and I haven't had a UTI in almost 2 years. Before that I was getting them every 3-4 weeks.
                              4/6/97, car accident, C5.