Mixed Flora in urine?

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Irishmom4
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 3/17/2010 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all. I have been having issues lately so I thought I would ask the experts.... you. Since October I have had spells when I generally feel unwell. I feel weak, achy and drained. I felt some back pain so each time I took a AZO test. Each time the test turned purple which means the evidence of leukocytes. I went to my GP the first time because I was going out of town the same day and she put me on an antibiotic without testing my urine. It happened two months later so I contacted my nephrologist and he sent me for a urinalysis and it showed mixed flora and he too put me on an antibiotic. Now here I am again in the same situation so I went in for meds. The nurses practioner said that she saw only a small level of WBC in my urine but gave me Levaquin which I hate. She called me back two days later and said it was only mixed flora which is no big deal and normal. So my question is..... what is mixed flora? If it is "normal" why do they put me on antibiotics? Should I ignore AZO tests and wait until I have a fever or am in extreme pain? It's not like I enjoy going to the doctor and being on meds. I just want to feel better. Thanks for your help!!
 
Elizabeth
Dx'd with Crohns 1984
Polycystic kidney disease in 1996
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, Endocort, Prednisone, Imuran, Folic acid, and Enalapril.
 


aimsgirl16
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   Posted 3/17/2010 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Elizabeth! If I am understanding mixed Flora correctly, I believe it is bacteria contamination. Sometimes bacteria will get in the cup before you can urinate in it, or bacteria from the moist toweltte or even skin bacteria, which isn't a big deal. Sometimes I will have that in my specimans and sometimes I won't. I know they can distinguish the difference when looked under a microscope. I acutally have some 2 weeks ago and they told me it wasnt serious, just some outside bacteria got in it. Does that make since??

Irishmom4
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 457
   Posted 3/18/2010 4:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, thanks. I was just confused why they kept me on an antibiotic after they did the test.
I really just need to get off these steroids so I don't keep catching all the bugs that are floating around. I used to have a super immune system, but now they are supressing my immune system with steroids because of the intestinal inflammation and I keep getting sick.

Thanks Amy
Dx'd with Crohns 1984
Polycystic kidney disease in 1996
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, Endocort, Prednisone, Imuran, Folic acid, and Enalapril.
 

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