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back to back UTI's

sasha9125 Member Posts: 4
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My son is 3 months into his injury and continues to have UTI's we are now dealing with C Diff because of all the antibiotics he has to take any recommendations on a natural way to keep UTI's away?


  • trevorsendeavor
    trevorsendeavor Moderator Posts: 38 Moderator
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    Hi there! I know I can only speak for myself,  but I was having trouble with UTIs as well. I had one bad one in the hospital and then 3 or 4 more that kept reoccurring within the last couple years. I was looking for something to help with this too and my girlfriend found a probiotic that helps to focus on bladder health. Since I’ve started taking it daily, I have not had another UTI and it’s been probably 5-6 months. I also take cranberry pills in the morning and at night. I haven’t changed much else which makes me think the probiotic is really helping. There are lots of options out there and some can be a little pricey, but I think it’s worth it. UTIs are NOT fun, I hope you can find something that helps your son. 
  • jesistracham
    jesistracham Member Posts: 4
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    Hey there! 
    UTI’s are the absolute worst. I had c-diff twice in my first year of injury and became immune to Cipro in the first year and half of my injury! (C-Diff is no joke!)
    I have an entire blog post about this! Here are some of the things I did! 
    Try switchin to Lofric Catheters. They have a salt solution that is clinically proven to reduce  UTI’s by over 60%. I personally haven’t had a intermittent catheter related UTI since the switch. 
    I also use essential oils if I feel like on is coming on. 2 drops of each twice a day for 5 days. (I only use doterra because I know they are safe for injestion) and d mannose. 
    frankincense oregano lemon -essential oils 

    I take a daily apple cider vinegar supplement. 

    heres the full blog post
    best wishes
  • allygrizzard
    allygrizzard Moderator Posts: 6 Moderator
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    Hey! I used to have back to back UTI’s constantly even while taking everything OTC i could take to try to control it- cranberry pills, d-mannose, apple cider vinegar, etc., you name it, i tried it! I also felt like i was living on Cipro and i just became immune so nothing helped! I finally went to a urologist who specializes in SCI and he prescribed Hiprex for me to take once every morning and night! My UTI’s are very very minimal now days! Of course one will still pop up every now and then bc that’s just SCI, but it’s very rare and right now i can’t even tell you the last time i had one! It’s definitely been a lifesaver for me, but i do know everyone’s body is different! If you haven’t already tried it, find a good urologist and ask them about it! It’s totally worth it! 
  • cruiseybabbby
    cruiseybabbby Moderator Posts: 18 Moderator
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    Unfortunately UTIs play a big part in a lot of people's lives who have a spinal cord injury. I myself have a suprapubic catheter which constantly has me fighting off bacteria and UTIs. I haven't found a 100% effective preventative yet but drinking massive amounts of water, taking cranberry pills morning and night, and vitamin C pills morning and night keep at least the gnarly infections at an arms length for the most part for me.
  • Zcollie
    Zcollie Moderator Posts: 239 Moderator
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    I wear an external condom catheter pretty much all the time. I have been very lucky and don't get UTI's often. However, I do my best to drink as much water as I can. The first thing I do in the morning and before I go to bed is drink a cup of water. I take cranberry pills every morning and do my best to stay away from soda and sugary drinks. Sometimes it is really hard for me to drink water so I buy MIO, which flavors my water. Drinking water with lemon in it is also really good for you. Amazon also sells lemon extract oils to take, which I heard helps to. 
    Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be. -SONIA RICOTTI
    WAGSofSCI Moderator Posts: 379 Moderator
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    We (Dan and I) have been experiencing these as of late, after he got Botox for his bladder. Has anything else experiences the increase of UTI's after Botox? He is having to cath quite a few times a day now to void his bladder but the amount of UTI's and "off days have increased drastically. We are up 2/3 times a night to cath or feeling like a UTI is coming on...Send HELP! 

    Elena (Wags of SCI)
    Your WAGS of SCI
    (Elena and Brooke)