I am 56 years old and began experiencing "bladder infections" when I was in high school and before becoming sexually active. Throughout the majority of my adult life the symptoms impacted my life to the point I saw many GYN and urology specialists. I always had and still do have blood in my urine and most of the time my urine cultures show no bacteria growth. Naturally, with my obvious symptoms of an UTI the MD's would treat me with various antibodics. On rare occasions the symptoms would improve. Pyridium was only helpful at times and somtimes made it worse(DYE). I had many cystoscopic exams/biopsies/dilations/instillations and just decided to give up hope. It was and continues to be a strain on my marriage because it is so painful and sexual intercourse is simply a thing in the past. I have 4 grown children and unfortunately my only daughter has began to c/o frequent UTI and yeast infections.I found a urologist about 5 years ago who placed me on Elmiron 200mg BID and my symptoms have improved. I have to be careful with diet(esp tomatoes/tomato sauce/and peppers-spicy foods), alcohol beverages can make me regret drinking them for several days later- a simple glass of red wine will make me miserable for days. I rarely will take Ibuprofen/Tylenol and most careful with prescription medications because they seem to make the symptoms worse.Do not drink soda's/tea(Hard to do I am from the south and everybody drinks sweet tea) The best thing I have found is pure H2O @ room temperature) and alot of it(one liter/daily)Also I do have liver function tests yearly and they have always been normal.
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