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Old 01-31-2010, 01:38 PM
 
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Thank you for all of your suggestions. He made an appointment for this Tuesday with a infectious disease specialist after reading some of your advice on here.
We will see.
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:25 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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Going to chime in here with some feedback that may help or be different.

I have had a Urology problem for two or more yrs. Constantly taking antibiotics (Cipro) with a general problem returning to the point it does not work in my case.

Do drink sodas and very little alcohol if any at all. Tried NO soda for a month and it made NO difference.

Have given blood and urine samples for culture tests that just show an infection.

Urine does have an odor which means infection somewhere in the urinary track. I will be okay for a week or so and then the odor etc returns along with other symptoms. I did read up on the Internet for some info on a possible solution and narrowed down from a list of possibilities re my problem.

During this time I have another problem that may be related to my Kidneys, Bladder, or Prostate neck of the woods.

Two weeks ago the VA hospital did a Cysto on me and the Dr said I needed surgery but I did not catch what it would be for. I will have to stay over night tho. The procedure was to look inside the uretha with a camera for stones, blockage, cancer nodules in the bladder.

I did have a T.U.R.P 12 yrs ago which would be called a Rotor Rooter Job that worked well for a couple of yrs or so.

I am having what may be a adema problem with fluid/blood retention in the right leg (swelling) and slowly starting to show in the left foot (swelling).

Not sure if my problems are a combination of water retention and a heart problem with the blood circulation. According to what I've read...the blood arterys are bleeding off some blood into surrounding blood vessels in the legs along with any water. Water pills do help for 1-3 days and then it all returns again. My provider said to take the water pill every day while the Urologist said that would not help my problem. Who does a person believe?

I have taken enough space here...maybe someone has a similiar problem. Never know.

Steve
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Old 01-31-2010, 07:34 PM
 
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My husband has had three Urinary track infections in a row. He has taken two kinds of antibiotics and none of them have worked. Everytime he comes off the antibiotic the infection returns in a couple days. He had a CT scan done of his abdomen after the second one and everything was fine. The Uroligist said the antibiotics he was taking (Ciprofloxacin 750's for 20days) would clear it up. That was during the second infection. He is down to his last pill today and has already told me that he can tell it did not work and expects it to be back in full in a couple days. This will be the fourth infection now in a row. Any ideas what may be going on? He has not had any blood work done through all of this. Would some blood work maybe help indicate something? We are desperate for some answers.
Ask your hubby to ask the doctor if he has "Chronic Prostatitis" instead of just a urinary tract infection. In men one goes with the other very often.

Prostatitis - bacterial chronic: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000523.htm - broken link)

I had this from my early 40's until my early 60's (64 now) and I had to take a bacteria fighting pill every day until the symptoms are gone which as you can see can be a long time.

Note: My doctor explained to my wife and I early on that CP is NOT a sexually transmitted disease. It's just a bacteria that gets in your blood and settles in the prostate.
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:22 PM
 
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Well, I am glad he's going to see a urologist. Age, weight, diagnosis can be large influences on bladder concerns. Many times the docs (for whatever reason) do the C & S and yea, there's an infection but please check to see if the treatment meds (antibiotics/antiinfectives) work. Has he grown resitent to the meds ordered etc...? Follow-up urine to determine if the infection cleared is what is "suppose" to happen.

There are many people on propholactic treatment of Abx's for a multitude of reasons.

The first thing the urologist will do is the full urine culture.
Write on a piece of paper all questions you want to ask. Make sure before you go to the new doc that the med records can be accessesed electronically or have them sent to the urologist. You could arrange to have the records sent or I would pick them up (medical release needs to be signed and can be faxed). They may charge you for copies but if the urologists has them when you visit he won't have to wait to determine treatment. Take a list of all the meds he's on and the ones he's taken.

Speak up and let the doc know you want to understand what's going on (don't forget that list of questions).
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Old 02-01-2010, 11:38 PM
 
Location: DuPont, WA
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Perhaps he should be tested for this: Ureaplasma Urealyticum/Parvum. I know someone who had recurring UTI's that seemed to come back after every round of antibiotics. A specialist finally tested her for this, and viola, after one course of treatment she has been UTI-free for a year...
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Old 02-02-2010, 05:59 AM
 
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Perhaps he should be tested for this: Ureaplasma Urealyticum/Parvum. I know someone who had recurring UTI's that seemed to come back after every round of antibiotics. A specialist finally tested her for this, and viola, after one course of treatment she has been UTI-free for a year...
Actually, you just have to check the urine pH to see if it's either Ureaplasma or Proteus. They're the only organisms that thrive in LOW pH urine. And, if you read my post above, I did suggest asking the lab to check for fastidious organisms.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:18 AM
 
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Going to chime in here with some feedback that may help or be different.

I have had a Urology problem for two or more yrs. Constantly taking antibiotics (Cipro) with a general problem returning to the point it does not work in my case.

Do drink sodas and very little alcohol if any at all. Tried NO soda for a month and it made NO difference.

Have given blood and urine samples for culture tests that just show an infection.

Urine does have an odor which means infection somewhere in the urinary track. I will be okay for a week or so and then the odor etc returns along with other symptoms. I did read up on the Internet for some info on a possible solution and narrowed down from a list of possibilities re my problem.

During this time I have another problem that may be related to my Kidneys, Bladder, or Prostate neck of the woods.

Two weeks ago the VA hospital did a Cysto on me and the Dr said I needed surgery but I did not catch what it would be for. I will have to stay over night tho. The procedure was to look inside the uretha with a camera for stones, blockage, cancer nodules in the bladder.

I did have a T.U.R.P 12 yrs ago which would be called a Rotor Rooter Job that worked well for a couple of yrs or so.

I am having what may be a adema problem with fluid/blood retention in the right leg (swelling) and slowly starting to show in the left foot (swelling).

Not sure if my problems are a combination of water retention and a heart problem with the blood circulation. According to what I've read...the blood arterys are bleeding off some blood into surrounding blood vessels in the legs along with any water. Water pills do help for 1-3 days and then it all returns again. My provider said to take the water pill every day while the Urologist said that would not help my problem. Who does a person believe?

I have taken enough space here...maybe someone has a similiar problem. Never know.

Steve
It appears the OP has had enough advice and secured her action.
I will respond to your post, but I'm afraid if you don't start another thread with your concerns; you may not get any responses.
ie; What were or are the long term side effects of a turp? (sounds good).
The urologist is right in that you (and they) need to find out what's up with the edema. Your post indicates you are worried about the heart as well as the bladder (which would include the prostate and kidneys).
Please find out what the doc wants to do overnight. The cysto is usually an outpatient procedure that can take some time and in some cases the docs will have it as an overnight. I can't tell if you had a cysto or the doc wants to do something because of the results from one that was done. Go to Ask a Nurse.com for additional advice. Is the VA medical in your area timely?
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Old 02-02-2010, 11:24 AM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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The T.U.R.P meant a four day stay in the hospital hooked up to a catheter for drainage. It does solve a narrow urethea problem in males. They put you under in surgery and use a small scalpel internally scrapping/cutting away some of the prostate. You can read up on it for more info. Worked real well for me for some yrs but gradually returning to todays problem.

Talking to the Drs at the VA all said that I would not need a second TURP except for one resident Dr who said there might be a need for another rotor rooter job. My provider wanted to know which Dr told me yes...I'm not a snitch and said I could not recall which/who said it.

I did have my Cysto already done on Jan 15th and am waiting for a surgery date for this month of Feb or early March. The VA hospital here in SD is very busy. I have had surgerys in the past and am comfortable with their work...no complaints... as they are very busy with all the Vets.

Not really looking for info...just thought a similarity might be around the corner with someone...a little imput does not hurt...each case is different and educational.

Will see my provider on the 8th and will mention the Edema/heart possible connection.

Steve
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Old 02-03-2010, 03:41 AM
 
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If he isnt emptying his bladder completely he maybe has an yeast infestion ask a urologist about yeast..........it is very hard to get rid of and causes many problems.
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Old 02-09-2010, 05:04 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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Well I'm back with the urinary/prostate infection.

Talked to my provider at the VA yesterday as to the results of my Cysto test three weeks ago.

NO cancer in the Bladder or Prostate but it seems that my T.U.R.P. (roto rooter) will be needed again.

Men might recall the TV commercial "the GROWING problem"...well I"ve got a REGROWTH problem.

Generally the Dr's say it is not needed a second time...well there is the exception in my case...so for any male who may need the TURP and is told that it will never be needed again.....surprise!!!

Have an apptmt with the Urology Dr's next tues and see what they will decide to do.

Antibiotics are NOT working for me and with the strain I have nothing works thus I'm having a toll on my body with the chronic infection effecting everything.

Not crying the blues or anything ...just info for any male that might have a similiar problem and not know what to do or expect. Just info.

Will keep things posted on any updates. Thanx for listening.

Steve
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