Thank you so much ericsmom, Sherrine (that site is so informative!), Tootiebug58, and Mrsppmrsky!
You all gave me great information and a new, broader perspective on this. Yesterday was my last day of Cipro (I took the full course this time since I called him on Saturday and he said to take it all) --at my last dr. appt when I explained I often feel like a uti is coming on, he'd tell me to just take a couple of antibiotics (not the full dose).
So that's what I did. Perhaps I've built up an immunity to the strain of bacteria? (I did always test postive for bacteria).
What's stronger than Cipro? Should I be on it longer than 5 days?
Again, thank you all again for responding!! It helps so much to know that someone out there reads and cares enough to respond!
I think I'll take your advice and find another urologist--there was no way I'd return to the one who literally tortured me though! When I returned to work the next day and told a friend, they too were appalled at what this idiot had done! My gyn has the same opinion of him as I do. You're very fortunate to have great doctors. They are really hard to come by. I can't imagine having spasms as bad as labor pains--you poor thing!!!
The pyridium didn't work this time--it always has before. I'm starting my list of questions to ask when I go next week.
Bev, my symptoms do seem to come and go as fibro symptoms typically do---however, certain activities do aggreviate things. I try to drink a lot of water, that kind of thing.