My mother is really ill

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maaaad max
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   Posted 1/17/2008 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone, I really hope you can help me. My mother has been ill with a urine problem and she's currently at peek stress levels, which in turn is starting to affect us all. She doesn't talk about it much really so I don't know a great deal about exactly what the problems are but I know she's had lots of different kinds of tablets for it and non of them seem to work for more than a week or two before the problems come back. Even with my completely non medical background, I know enough to know that so many tablets can't be good for you. Is there anything you know of that will make her better?
 
Max.

Keriamon
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   Posted 1/17/2008 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Does she have urinary tract infections? We had a thread just a couple of weeks ago on repeat UTIs and there's a LOT of information on there about things you can do to clear them up (although I'm not sure if you want to discuss them openly with your mother, as they can be of a rather private nature to a woman! But you might print them out and give them to her).

Also, does she have bowel problems along with the bladder problems? Most people on here only know about bowel problems. I think what we put together for the other thread was about the extent of our collective knowledge on UTIs.

maaaad max
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   Posted 1/17/2008 10:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, can you remember the title of the thread at all? Also, yes, I am a little worried about how to approach her about it, I can't imagine that she'll be amazingly pleased that I've been posting about her on the internet, but I can't think how else to do it because, of course, I can't really talk to people I know about it since that'd really upset her.

Easta
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   Posted 1/17/2008 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I believe the thread was "repeat UTIs" or something similar. I hope you find it to be of help. Urinary problems can be fairly intractable but there are several suggestions on this thread that may be useful to you. Good luck!

Easta
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   Posted 1/17/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi again. It is on page 3 of this site.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 1/17/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Is she having a problem holding it? Frankly, the pills don't help much with that but there is pretty easy surgery for most women that can help. Unfortunately for me the surgery will not help as it is a muscle problem caused by severe coughing over the years but were it not for that I would have had the surgery. If she is taking something like Detrol it only takes away the urgency. She need to be seen by a urologist that does surgery. If it is an infection then that should be easily taken care of but in any case she needs a specialist. Urinary incontinence is terribly embarrassing but very common. I know, unfortunately, as I destroyed my muscles early in life so have dealt with it for years.

maaaad max
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   Posted 1/21/2008 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you. You seem to have the beginnings of a fan club there Easta :D ( Do you have shares in the Waterfall stuff? lol ). I think I may have to confront her and see if she'd be willing to try that out, the other chap seems very fond of the outcome. I just pray that it works for my mother (If she'll use it).

Now I just neet to see if my 'Uni budget' will stretch to the cost of it :S No booze for me this week (Aaaaagh)!

Easta
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   Posted 1/23/2008 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
No shares I'm afraid but I can speak from experience - it got me well when much else had failed!

Good luck with the persuasion and with having to keep off the booze!

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 1/23/2008 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Where is page 3?

maaaad max
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   Posted 1/24/2008 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been doing some reading :D It seems that lots of online sources are saying to avoid cranberry/orange juice, red meats and also to keep alcohol to a minimum. Also lots of them are also suggesting the waterfall dmannose :) Does that all sound about right?

Easta
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   Posted 1/24/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Cranberry juice can be helpful in some cases of UTI. The acid in it can, however, reduce a patient with a severely inflamed urethra to screaming pitch!

Alcohol has the effect of being a diuretic on occasions and therefore can result in overconcentrated urine unless plenty of bland fluid such as water is taken as well.

It may be a sensitive subject to raise with mum but it is imperative that, if she is prone to UTI, she practises strict hygiene after a BM.
Always wipe from front to back then wash hands and use cotton wool balls in warm water and a bland soap to carefully cleanse the anal area and then rinse from front to back with a small plastic bottle of warm water. This will remove any residue of faecal material far more effectively than using loo paper alone.

As I have said, Mannose is extremely useful to the UTI suffferer and easy to take with no side effects other than a possible slight laxative one. E coli cannot cling to the bladder wall in its presence and is flushed from the body before it can multiply and cause harm.

Good luck!

maaaad max
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   Posted 1/28/2008 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
OK, it had to happen sometime... Crunch time came and I finally managed to pluck up the courage I required to express my conscerns to my mother. Seems that I'd been making a fuss about nothing. Apparently the doctor said she has an acute e-coli infection. I was on the right track so I'm slightly pleased with myself about that, don't worry though, I'm not running for a doctorate just yet :P
 
Probably more so than anything, I was pleased to find out that she was thrilled that I'd been trying to get help from people like yourselves which put me much more at ease for the rest fo the conversation.
 
So there ya have it, e-Coli, I hope that helps.

Easta
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   Posted 1/28/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
E coli can be kept at bay reasonably effectively by regular intake of mannose so that would definitely be worth bearing in mind if there are future problems.

Hope things now go on all right.

maaaad max
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   Posted 1/31/2008 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Great news people, I mentioned the waterfall dmannose to my mother and she seemed to think she had heared of it before from a friend but didn't remember what it was for. So Anyway, she contacts her friend to check it out and it turned out she even had some spare to give her. She's been using it for just a couple of days and she says that there's already a huge difference. Seriously, what are the chances, how on Earth had she not been using it all this time when her 'friend' had had some of it all along? Anyway, things are looking up and she seems much more cheery on the whole. Thank you so much for any input on this one, all help was really appreciated :) xXx

Easta
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   Posted 2/1/2008 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad your mum is feeling better and I hope it continues. Mannose is perfectly safe to take on a regular basis so, if she is prone to repeated UTIs then that might be worth considering.

Keep in touch!
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