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   Posted 5/15/2007 2:03 AM (GMT -6)   
i have lupus with kidney involvement and i was wondering if it has any connection with getting urinary tract infections. Ive had three now in 6 months! i got back from my trip to the east coast two days ago, and yesterday i woke up feeling nauseous with a slight fever and after throwing up i called my doctor who told me to go to the emergency room because i might have caught a serious infection on the trip home or something. well it turned out just to be a urinary tract infection so they prescribed me antibiotics and sent me home...but since ive gotten them so many times i was wondering my type of lupus or my medications make me more susceptible to these infections or am i doing something wrong?? lol...

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   Posted 5/15/2007 5:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if Lupus makes us more likely to have UTI but I am really interested in finding out myself. I have been treated for 3 weeks straight a month and a half ago for one that just wouldn't go away. I am really hoping that I don't get one back anytime soon, they are very uncomfortable.
Hopefully you don't get anymore neither. Good luck.
diagnosed with RSD in March of /03, diagnosed with Lupus in Sept./06.
Taking Methotrexate, Plaquenell, Folic Acid, Synthroid,Prednisone, Pantoloc, Singulair, Tramadol, OxyCodeine and extra Strength tylenol when needed,and Zytram.

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   Posted 5/15/2007 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if it's related to lupus, but I'm sure the meds help lower our resistance to infection. I've had chronic UTI's for the last year, along with the occassional blood in my urine. It's very frustrating to say the least. Quite often I don't have any burning or pain. I start feeling really bad, have some pelvic pressure and then the foul smelling urine shows up. Certainly not the classic UTI that I had in college. The urologist is culturing it each time and so far it's the same bacteria. Macrobid clears it up....I think it's E. coli which is very common.
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SLE diagnosis 10/05 now changed to RA 3/06, Endometriosis 5/05, PCOS 1990
Meds: Metformin ER 1500mg (PCOS); Loestrin BCPs (Endo); Methotrexate 17.5mg (RA); Metanx 5mg (RA); Remicade (RA); Lunesta 2mg (as needed)

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   Posted 5/15/2007 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
i never had the classic uti symptoms was just hard for me to urinate which was really annoying..i had e. coli in october and it caused my kidneys to shut down and i was on dialysis for a month!! luckily they came back im pretty much better now. my nephrologist said i will always have some damage to my kidneys so i wonder if that is related to me getting uti's so often...

Barbara Lee
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   Posted 5/15/2007 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Misscali:

I too, suffer from UTI's a lot. I normally don't have the usual symptoms. I always got blood in my urine. My urologist has determined that the Cytoxan I took to treat my lupus has damaged my bladder. There isn't anything we can do to correct it now. I'm to have a cystoscopy 2 times per year to make sure I don't get bladder cancer. I believe the medications we take can make us get UTI's more often and it them harder to clear up.

Hope you feel better soon.

Take care,
dx fibro, SLE, glaucoma, cateracts, bells palsy, depression, migraine headaches, gastreopaersis, chronic anemia, MDS (Blood Cancer). Mediport and tons of meds.

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