This is a TMI post. You’ve been warned.
For the past ten days I’ve been fighting a UTI; my third since late May. I am prone to them, I get several every year, but three in as many months is extreme.
For the first one, I got the standard Macrobid antibiotic, and it seemed to go away. For the second one, a month later, I again got Macrobid but my doctor sent for a culture, which came back specifying different type of bacteria that doesn’t respond to Macrobid, and so I got switched to good ol’ penicillin.
Penicillin is serious stuff. I don’t like how it makes my body feel, but it did clear up the UTI.
And then ten days ago symptoms started again… Not too painful, but easily identifiable as another UTI, but on the heels of two recent antibiotic rounds I decided to see if I could kick this one on my own. I really didn’t want to have to take more antibiotics.
I generally avoid Googling medical symptoms, because even if all you have is a fever it always comes back with Lupus or Flesh-Eating-Bacteria, but I spent some time looking up ‘natural’ treatment options for UTI’s.
I learned about biofilms. I learned that several things can cause UTI symptoms, including bacteria and candida, so I got several supplements and enzymes that people claimed helped them with their UTI’s: olive leaf extract, D-Mannose, Interphase Plus, activated charcoal.
I ate raw garlic, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon tea. I avoided sugar and alcohol, and cut back on caffeine. I drank gallons (GALLONS) of water. I drank baking soda water, and lemon water.
For a few days, it looked like I might be winning. But Sunday night was a rough one, and Monday was pure hell. Tuesday no better. I am peeing fire, every hour or two, around the clock.
And so, this morning I gave in. Ten days is a valiant effort, but I can’t take any more and I’m afraid this damned thing might travel up to my kidneys. I have a fresh prescription for Macrobid while we await the culture results…
On top of this fun stuff, I have been having trouble with a tooth, one that had a root canal in March. The crown fell off last week and I had to wait four days to get it cemented back on. Dental pain is no funsies. UTI’s aren’t either. It’s a toss-up as to which one is worse.
AND, I am pretty sure that I’ve got a toenail fungus! Gross! Embarrassing! Three years ago I got a small infection at the cuticle line from a pedicure, and it never healed up quite right; the toenail has been a little “weird”, slow to grow and getting a bit thick on one side. Nothing too major. Nothing that a fresh coat of nail polish couldn’t hide.
But I took off the nail polish from a recent pedicure and saw dark spots under the nail. According to the internet (don’t EVER do an image search for toenail fungus!), it totally looks like a toenail fungus, and apparently they can hang around for years and years… I am completely disgusted, and immediately started drowning the toe in tea tree oil three times a day (I’m also dosing the surrounding toes, for good measure). It sounds like I won’t see improvement for several months. It’s not painful, but it’s ugly; I’ve been wrapping the offending toe in a (tea tree soaked) band-aid to hid its shame.
Still with me after that nasty confession? I’m not done complaining quite yet. My left knee has been swollen for months, which is uncomfortable and occasionally downright painful. I went to a new knee doctor, who took x-rays and determined that there isn’t anything structurally “wrong” with my knees, aside from the permanent weakness from previous surgeries. Apparently, in x-rays they look perfectly normal – despite the obvious swelling. My only options at the moment are to strengthen the muscles on the backs of my legs, and to try and lose some weight (because every pound makes a huge difference). I haven’t felt much like exercising lately, but I’m trying.
Man. I’m falling apart.