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to drug or not to drug..

been feeling under the weather for the past several days..i seem to have acquired a bit of a urinary tract infection. having experienced them before, being doubled over in agony and urinating blood, i never wanted to revisit that painful scenario ever again. so, at the first sign of symptoms i down about a gallon of cranberry juice, and that usually takes care of it.

until now.

i'm almost completely opposed to using antibiotics, as it obliterates ALL bacteria (good and bad) i learned this lesson a few years back and have been paying for it ever since. so, avoiding doctors (and their pharmaceutical pimps) has become a dreaded fact of life for me.

i'm taking cranberry concentrate supplements and loading up on vitamin C, and zinc to boost my immune system...and drinking oceans of water. if my urine turns red, i'm calling my doctor..


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Mar. 1st, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
Poor thing :-( I usually have success with unsweetened, hard-core cranberry concentrate or unsweetened juice. Sounds like you're doing everything right....

I am 100% with you on the natural and homemade-remedies. Do you have the book "Prescription For Nutritional Healing"? It is one of my favorites.

Hope you feel better soon.
Mar. 1st, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
ooo, that sounds like a book for me, alright. thanks for the tip!
since the symptoms keep lingering, i caved and called in for some antibiotics...but, that doesn't mean i'm gonna TAKE 'em!!! ;D i'll fight till the bitter end..ouch.
Mar. 1st, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
wishing you well sweetie xx
Mar. 1st, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
you're so good to me!
Mar. 2nd, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
EEK...and Ouch! :-( Sounds like you have a good plan- Cranberry & Vitamin C. Do you take your Vitamin C in a powdered (unsweetened) form? (It's easier & quicker to absorb it....)

You also might want to do some research online or in Natural Healing books and try to adress the problem that is causing reocurring infections.

I hear you on the avoiding doctors (ie...drug/antibiotics pimps...)!

Mar. 2nd, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
One more thing- Goldenseal Tincture might help with your infection...
It has cured some pretty nasty/painful stuff for me- the stuff works!
Mar. 2nd, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)
thanks for all your great tips!!!
i've never done goldenseal, but hear great things about it..isn't it true that you shouldn't take it for long periods of time?

and i take my vitamin C however i can get it....liquid vitamins, pills, beverages, and the like.
sure hope i can kick this...it's chappin' my hide!
Mar. 2nd, 2006 01:09 am (UTC)
Be careful it doesn't flare into a kidney infection(pylonephritis).Every so often we get a young women with it because she had a urinary tract infection that went untreated. Also, for prevention- white cotton undies, white tp, white unscented soap and pee after sex. (I hear some people are still experiencing that now and then:) I am not advocating antibiotics, don't particularly like them myself, just don't need any more family in the hospital!
Mar. 2nd, 2006 02:21 am (UTC)
Re: pammy
i hear ya nurse pammy....NO MORE HOSPiTALS for us!!!
and i would NEVER let it get that bad. i did take precaution and get a dose of macrobid...but, i'm holding off taking it until i really feel desperate. i figure if i'm still feeling like this in a day or two, i'll cave.

it's weird, cuz i feel good during the day for the most part, but the last few evenings have been torture. WTF? classic UTI symptoms..i just wanna cut my belly open and let it all hang out! HAHAHAHA

thanks for your help pammy..
i'll kick this thing, fer sure.
Mar. 2nd, 2006 06:42 am (UTC)
Hiya, B!
Good words from all. I know you'll take care of yourself. I really hope you are better soon. love you!
Mar. 2nd, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
i'm doing much better tonight k!!!!
the H2O method appears to be working...knock on wood!
love you dearly..
talk to you tomorrow!
Mar. 2nd, 2006 07:06 am (UTC)
auugh i just had one monday night!!

took some cipro, though since i can't risk an infection spreading (no vacation from work)....

actually, taking cranberry tablets is better than the juice because all that sugar is actually bad for UTIs....maybe natural cran juices are okay......hope so, at least....(but i know ocean spray, etc aren't that beneficial.)

get better!!
Mar. 2nd, 2006 07:30 am (UTC)
guh...is it in the air? i'm glad you're getting better!!!
yah, i'm favoring the cran capsules and avoiding excess sugar..
such a cruel condition..having to pee every 5 min. but, not WANTiNG to because you feel like you're passing broken glass.
Mar. 2nd, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
EXACTLY. the most painful thing ever. unnngh.

hope you're feeling better today! :)
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