What You Really Need to Know about Bladder Infections/UTIs Intro
Bladder infections/UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) are so common that much like yeast infections, doctors joke that it wasn’t for Cystitis (Bladder Bacterial Infection), they’d go broke. Many women in particular are plagued with reoccurring infections, which unfortunately often leads to other medical complications like Yeast Infections, Painful Bladder Syndrome and Chronically Painful Sex.This UTIs Intro will help you determine if you have a bacterial infection OR a compromise of the bladder lining (IC-Interstitial Cystitis).
I have had women come to me for help literally in tears. They can’t have sex anymore, they’re in chronic pain and they’re constantly being prescribed antibiotics. They feel like they’re on a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) roller coaster that they just cannot get off. Their entire lives are being dictated to by their need to stay close to the bathroom. This also affects their relationships and work.
Bladder problems are not fun and completely unnecessary. The bladder is one of the most responsive organs in the human body. It’ll be immediately effected by what you drink, eat or insert. Please know that there’s is a lot you can do to heal this common affliction, but some education is involved.
What works for one person, can be a complete disaster for another! One UTI can be miraculously healed by Cranberry Juice for example, another type will only be worsened by this remedy. If you go into a health food store looking for help with your UTI, you’ll almost always be handed a Cranberry supplement, which may make your condition worse!
So, it’s vitally important that you educate yourself on the difference between a bacterial infection of the bladder AND a sensitive or painful bladder. Don’t leave this to the professionals, they’re sadly not always well educated on the difference either. You need to take your health in your own hands and learn how to know WHAT type of bladder condition you have and how to treat that condition naturally, which will treat the CAUSE of the problem and has no side effects. Healing is possible, it just takes the important step of you taking responsibility for your own health.
How to Diagnose your Bladder Problem
How To Tell The Difference Between
an IC Flare and a UTI;
At the first sign of the following symptoms, you’ll need to be correctly diagnosed;
- Frequent urination
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Cloudy, dark or bloody urine
- Feeling like you need to pee, but you can’t, or little comes out
- Leaking some urine
- Urine that smells like a dead mouse
- Stabbing needles in your bladder
- Chronic pain or pressure in the bladder
Go to your doctor and have him or her test your urine to see if bacteria is present. This is important because not all bladder problems are caused by bacteria, which is known as Honeymoon Cystitis.
Cystitis, inflammation of the bladder, is mostly caused by an E Coli invasion in the bladder, often because women have a short urethra where fecal matter can easily invade the bladder. Poor hygiene or wiping habit can contribute to this condition. Your doctor will usually prescribe a bout of antibiotics, which can work well except if you have reoccurring Cystitis. Then you really need to educate yourself on some effective alternatives or you’ll suffer from antibiotic side effects.
Painful Bladder Syndrome or Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
IF your urine tests proves negative and you have no bacteria present in your bladder, your treatment is quite different. A non-bacterial bladder problem is known as Painful Bladder Syndrome or Interstitial Cystitis (IC). If you take antibiotics for PBS or IC, you’ll only compound the problem as you wipe out the beneficial bacteria needed to help with healing.
Not all doctors or urologists recognize PBS as a medical condition. This is where you must take your health in your own hands. I have personally witnessed horrendous misdiagnoses that have resulted in unnecessary hysterectomies! One of the side effects of PBS or IC is painful sex. Gynecologists will actually remove a woman’s uterus mistakenly because they did not diagnose them correctly.
Painful Bladder Syndrome (aka Sensitive Bladder) or IC, is a condition where the lining of the bladder is compromised by ulcers or is simply too thin, causing an autoimmune type condition where the bladder is attacked by the inherent acidity of the urine. This manifests as irritation, pressure and pain.
The correct diagnosis can be invasive and expensive, involving a cystoscope being inserted in the bladder to detect ulcers or bleeding spots. A cystoscopy needs to be done under an anesthetic or it can be excruciatingly painful. Beware of any urologist that suggests you have this procedure done without a least a local anesthetic, he’s probably a sadist. I might sound unkind here, but I’ve heard of this happening and its just plain cruel.
If you live in the United States and you’re uninsured or your HMO refuses to cover your tests (see the movie “Sicko”, sadly, just because you’re insured, does not mean you’re covered), you might want to try healing your painful symptoms with alternative methods first. If the symptoms don’t clear up, then you know you need further testing for possible bladder cancer, kidney problems, or in men, prostate problems. If the symptoms do go away, and your life is returned to you, keep this healing information handy for the future and recommend it to your friends and family.
-Stephanie Waymen (Rolfe) CNC