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Bananacarnival

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Hi, wonder if anyone can advise.
My GP called to say that they found bacteria (I've been having severe symptoms on off for 6 weeks.) I've had one test that came clear, gp dipsticks that show leukocytes... But now she's saying that they found strep apparently it's unusual. There wasn't enough bacteria to warrant action but they want to repeat the test Monday. Needless to say my symptoms have gone through the roof and I'm terrified.

I've read it's impossible to treat... Two years ago I had an e coli infection that became antibiotic resistant and after 10 courses of antibiotics I was told I could go into sepsis. I eventually managed to recover but that was pure hell and very scary.

Now I'm scared I have this new bacteria... Is it really impossible to shift?
Thank you
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Firstly try not to panic. The ecoli infection was in the past and you eventually recovered from it . Strep is unusual for a UTI but it doesn’t mean it isn’t treatable. Ideally your GP should be working with a specialist in Chronic UTIs and BHUK can help provide you with details so they can treat you properly. 2-3 days of antibiotics at a low dose is not going to shift it.

Your symptoms have worsened because of the understandable stress you are feeling. Bacteria react to stress and divide more vigorously increasing pain, frequency and general UTI symptoms. At least your GP wants to repeat the test to ensure they cover everything. Try to rest this weekend. Your sample on Monday for the GP should ideally be a combo of first and second wees of the day so that the action of urination dislodges more bacteria from the bladder wall. Try not to drink too much before you do the sample as well. You want it as concentrated as possible. It’s hard I know because dilute urine is calmer on the bladder and makes symptoms more bearable.

BHUK can help you once you have dropped your sample in and have the results from the GP - they have an excellent advice line and are completely used to helping people with difficult ongoing UTI symptoms and infections that won’t clear with standard treatment. Just try to rest this weekend, eat plain, drink water and if needs be taken pain relief, an ice pack between the legs to calm the nerve endings and a hot water bottle on the tummy. No cranberry juice, way too full of sugar which will feed bacteria and extremely acidic. Give BHUK on Monday once sample done.
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Firstly try not to panic. The ecoli infection was in the past and you eventually recovered from it . Strep is unusual for a UTI but it doesn’t mean it isn’t treatable. Ideally your GP should be working with a specialist in Chronic UTIs and BHUK can help provide you with details so they can treat you properly. 2-3 days of antibiotics at a low dose is not going to shift it.

Your symptoms have worsened because of the understandable stress you are feeling. Bacteria react to stress and divide more vigorously increasing pain, frequency and general UTI symptoms. At least your GP wants to repeat the test to ensure they cover everything. Try to rest this weekend. Your sample on Monday for the GP should ideally be a combo of first and second wees of the day so that the action of urination dislodges more bacteria from the bladder wall. Try not to drink too much before you do the sample as well. You want it as concentrated as possible. It’s hard I know because dilute urine is calmer on the bladder and makes symptoms more bearable.

BHUK can help you once you have dropped your sample in and have the results from the GP - they have an excellent advice line and are completely used to helping people with difficult ongoing UTI symptoms and infections that won’t clear with standard treatment. Just try to rest this weekend, eat plain, drink water and if needs be taken pain relief, an ice pack between the legs to calm the nerve endings and a hot water bottle on the tummy. No cranberry juice, way too full of sugar which will feed bacteria and extremely acidic. Give BHUK on Monday once sample done.


Hi Susan, this is a wonderful, reassuring response and it's interesting that I learn something new every time I use this website - I had no idea that bacteria react to stress!
Part of the blind panic was not knowing who to turn to, because my GP said that once the results were back I should discus it with my urologist. But how do I get an appointment before 3 months? The hospital are not impressed with me anyway because I won't have the 2nd cystoscopy, bladder and urethra stretch. It took 4 months to get over the first one...
I feel as though I need antibiotics right now. It's going to be a really hard wait for the results but I'll definitely call the bhuk helpline on Monday. It's important that I join because my bladder issues are clearly not temporary and I need the support.
Your message helped me, a big thank you.
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