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westat
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 4/28/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Anyone else have troubles with repeated Urinary Tract infections?
It seems that since starting Imuran I have been getting one every 5 weeks or so. It is REALLY frustrating. Funny thing is I tend not to get colds and such that are going around but I seem to always have to deal with UTIs.
DO you think I will have the same problems if/when I switch to Remicade, which will hopefully be soon. (preapproval from insurance first)

Tanya
Dx with Crohn's in 1997 after 5 years of worsening symptoms.
Resection a few months after dx after 1 month on TPN and IV steroids.
Resection October 2008.
Also have severe asthma.
Fibromyalgia (allergic to Lyrica)

Tried: Pentasa, Cholestyramine, Asacol

Presently taking: now on Imuran, probiotics, calcium, B12.
For asthma I take Advair 500, singulair


Kittikatt
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Date Joined Jul 2004
Total Posts : 422
   Posted 4/28/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I started having frequent UTI's 2 years before I was even diagnosed with Crohn's so it wasn't drug-related for me. Usually about 4 a year. I took so many antibiotics for these UTI's my straight hair became curly!

I just didn't understand why I was having so many. I'd been Dx with IBS at the time so I KNEW I was having loose BM's but that didn't trigger anything in my brain and connect it with UTI's. So my cousin (a NP) one day said he thought I wasn't wiping good enough. I was offended! He also asked if I took a lot of baths but I didn't so...

...I got to thinking about what he said. I do now think my UTI's were from loose BM's that were hard to "clean up" completely and because of splash-backs from the toilet. Just a minimal amount of stool getting into the urinary tract can cause UTI's and I really do think that was the case with me.

I use A LOT of TP now and really, really, really WIPE, WIPE, WIPE and WIPE again until I'm almost raw and no stool shows at all! And if the D is really bad, I'll take a shower. And if I have splash-back issue, I'll take a shower, too! Since I started doing that, I haven't had a UTI in quite some time.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32 (misdiagnosed with IBS in 2002)
37/F/SC
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole, Ferrous Sulfate, Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: swelling ankles, extreme fatigue, mouth ulcers, joint pain
Previous/occasional Rx's: Prednisone, Flagyl, Levaquin, Xifaxan, Carafate
4/7/09: Gall bladder removal laproscopic surgery (gall stones)


westat
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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 167
   Posted 4/28/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I thought of the BM thing. But it has only been while I am on Imuran. And I use wet wipes for bm's and make sure I am really clean. (it is a thing for me). It happened when I was on Imuran last summer and now again after starting a second time. When it is bad a have a shower head that comes off on a hose like in the hospital.
But I will keep a closer eye on that.

Tanya
Dx with Crohn's in 1997 after 5 years of worsening symptoms.
Resection a few months after dx after 1 month on TPN and IV steroids.
Resection October 2008.
Also have severe asthma.
Fibromyalgia (allergic to Lyrica)

Tried: Pentasa, Cholestyramine, Asacol

Presently taking: now on Imuran, probiotics, calcium, B12.
For asthma I take Advair 500, singulair

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