Urinary Tract Infections???

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Kanditron
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   Posted 1/17/2010 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
My colon was removed in July and an ostomy bag was put in its place.. I'm still adjusting... However, I've been getting UTI's like no ones business. This is my 4th since July! Could it be my stoma thats causing it? I'm VERY clean about the bathroom process, I'll urinate THEN empty my pouch if needed.. I wash and disinfect my hands like a maniac. Yet here I am, frustrated with another UTI.
Before my surgery, I never had UTI's.. I can't figure this out for the life of me and I'm trying to get as much help as I can with out going to a doctor.. I'm a crohns patient with no insurance.. So, all suggestions are welcome before I go racking up more astronomical bills...

Also ignore my signature.. haha.. I'm not on any meds right now.
26 y/o
Diagnosed with UC in 06 then it was changed to CD in 07
Currently on: 36 mg steroids, Colazal, Remicade.
I've been on: Pentasa, asacol, methotrexate, immuran (I had a bad reaction to it), Enemas.. on and on and on..
I've had flare ups in my stomach but most of my symptoms resemble UC.. so my doc is unsure of what I have or if it's both.. I'm irritated by this fact.
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Allison77
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   Posted 1/17/2010 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I was the queen of the UTI's, so awful aren't they?? Ok...this is what I do now and haven't had a UTI for a long time. Go to your local pharmacy and buy some cranberry pills. You will find them in the vitamin aisle. Here in Canada "Webber Naturals" is a really good brand. We go to New Orleans alot, and last Sept. I bought "Nature's Bounty" brand. Follow the directions, usually 2 pills a day, depending on the amount of mg's. Hope it helps!!
-Allison
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


lasbutterfly
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   Posted 1/18/2010 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to be on a preventative daily for UTIs, because I got them so bad.  There are AZO Standard Cranberry tablets at Walmart, CVS, and Walgreens, taken daily to prevent UTIs.  Also, there are AZO Standard tablets to take for pain, if you have a UTI.
 
butterfly

Trigirl
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   Posted 1/18/2010 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Didn't know they had pills but I drink lots of real cranberry juice when I think it's coming on.

I had my ileo is Aug. and have noticed urination feels different than before. Anyone else have push problems? Not incontinent but muscles aren't working the same. Anyone else notice this? Was wondering Kanditron if that could be part of problems?

When I go to DR. next I will try to remember to ask about it and let you know.
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Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
Tried every drug without much success
Colon/rectal cancer removed Aug 2009
Trying


lasbutterfly
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   Posted 1/18/2010 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Some additional things that might help: wear only white underwear, take showers and no baths, no fabric softeners, and void after intercourse.
 
butterfly

summerstorm
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   Posted 1/18/2010 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
what has possibly happened is that you got one in the hostpial, which is very commone fromthe cathether, and its never gone away completly.
Im not sure what meds they are giving you for it. I had an infectin a while back, and the dr wanted to give me a high dose that stays in your system a while, or is supposed to and i explained my ileo to him and he said, well we will try a different med. So its possible your meds arent getting absorbed or that you stil have the original UTI just never completly cured.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
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pam222
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   Posted 1/19/2010 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Trigirl said...
Didn't know they had pills but I drink lots of real cranberry juice when I think it's coming on.

I had my ileo is Aug. and have noticed urination feels different than before. Anyone else have push problems? Not incontinent but muscles aren't working the same. Anyone else notice this? Was wondering Kanditron if that could be part of problems?

When I go to DR. next I will try to remember to ask about it and let you know.


Yes, my bladder feels different now than it did before all the surgeries. It feels full more often and feels different when I push. I think all the surgery and the catheter use affected it somehow
26 year old female
Diagnosed with unspecified UC 11/08
Asacol, Prednisone, 3 infusions of Remicade with no success
8/09 colonoscopy shows that the whole colon is affected
12/18/09 First part of J-Pouch surgery; recessed stoma impossible to keep a bag on
12/30/09 Second part of J-Pouch surgery too soon; fistula
1/9/10 Second Ileostomy Surgery with sparing of the J-Pouch
Now just trying to make it 6 months with keeping a bag on until we can try the next surgery again


Chasblah
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   Posted 1/23/2010 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
ME TOO! I almost never got uti's. I had a nasty one after having my daughter, but i was on lots of pred.
so, first question: are you on pred?
since my surgeries. I feel like i always have a uti coming on.
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
i only take vitamins now, when I WANT to. :)
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."


Allison77
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   Posted 1/23/2010 11:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I was going to ask if anyone else was having issue's with urination. I feel like my bladder must have shrunk to the size of a pea. I drink a bit more then before Oscar but am ALWAYS having to go pee. What gives?

-Allie
-Allison
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 1/24/2010 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, ladies, unfortunately when our colons were removed and our body parts found new homes, all of our bladders moved to the same place mad my Gyn explained that when the rectum is removed everything kind of sinks down and gravity cannot quite do the job it used to...but as long as there isn't any pain (sex, urination) it shouldn't be a problem.

I don't have the UTI's (knock on wood!) but I have to really relax to pee...and when I have to go, I HAVE to go (especially after a few beers)!!!

Chasblah
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   Posted 1/24/2010 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
i still have a my rectum. they left it so i can have a j-pouch someday.
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
i only take vitamins now, when I WANT to. :)
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

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