I have been suffering recurrent bouts of cystitis and for a prolonged period I kept going to the doctors and was prescribed antibiotics and Ural effervescent powders. I even tried health food supplement shops and bought everything that was available over the counter to help, but it did no good. They would only clear it up for a few weeks, then I would get it again. I have tried nearly everything! It keeps coming back. Is there anyone who knows a more long lasting cure? When I was trying to get help via mainstream medicine route, taking antibiotics, I got it back 10 times in one year! I was starting to lose patience! The doctors had nothing else to offer me, except give me drugs and send me to the hospital on the 10th occasion, only because I demanded it.
The hospital ED only gave me more antibiotics, which by this time, had stopped working. They tested my urine and said they could find no bacteria remaining; yet I was continuing to get bladder cramps and fever. They said, there is nothing else we can do for you. They didn’t even mention the condition “Interstitial Cystitis”. Nor a mention of the fact that there was a so-called incurable bladder infection that persisted. It wasn’t until I went later to a Naturopath, who knew about the condition, that I found out what I had was indeed “real”. The naturopath gave me a raft of natural tonics & remedies, which worked great the first time, for which I was over the moon, but alas it didn’t work when I got another bout. Initially I thought; why no one can cure it? Its disappointing. Then more recently, I was recommended via a friend, of another solution…
The old 19th-century remedy of a half teaspoon of Bicarbonate of soda, in half a glass of warm water, taken three times on the first day, and twice a day for two further days. I took this, got relief after a few hours of taking it, but unfortunately, after a while, it caused side effects like diarrhea and stomach cramps.
Doing research, I found this quote: Baking soda is said to neutralize the acid in the urine, which allegedly reduces symptoms of a UTI and allows the body to fight the bacteria causing the infection. In fact please read this whole Medical New Page here: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321311#overview
Reasons why we get bladder infections
- We are not drinking enough water or eating enough Alkaline-based foods.
- The Urine ph balance is out of synch. Simple solution: Take bicarbonate of soda, to make urine more Alkaline, where the Acid and bacteria are unable to survive. And eat more Alkaline foods. Fewer Acid foods will aid recovery.
- I had my appendix removed. This immediately made my gut microbiome susceptible to infections. All the more reason to treat the gut microbiome, not just the bladder. Left untreated, it can also lead to kidney infection, stones, and sepsis, for example. Therefore an appropriate probiotic could help.
- Being menopausal, having an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone can cause vaginal rashes, thrush infections, might pass bacteria to the bladder accidentally. Therefore estrogen cream might help with that.
- A weakened immune system, stress, and insufficient vitamin intake. Therefore take plenty of vitamins as appropriate.
Even though I had been prescribed a number of antibiotics which never worked, out of desperation I saw a new doctor and she gave me norfloxacin and that worked. She also said that appendix removal should have no influence over having an infection. And surprise surprise, I have not had an infection since that date. However, if antibiotics don’t work for you, I recommend trying a small amount of Bicarbonate of Soda, or, then go to a naturopath or homeopath, to acquire tonics and discuss your gut microbiome, address your water intake and increase Alkaline food intake to alter your ph balance.
On one occasion, a Naturopath (Nahaia Russ ND) provided me a group of tonics for the gut and the kidneys and bladder. But they didn’t prevent the infection coming back another year down the track.
I have a cousin Mary who had also suffered, and she found a solution that worked for her:
She suggested: Regularly take a Clinicians Brand Flora Restore Probiotic tablets for Urogenital health, bought from a health supplement store, and apply Ovestin Vaginal Cream, (Doctors Prescription only), because it helps the restore suppleness of the skin and guards against cross-contamination, and eases the rashes you get from lack of estrogen.
Any Naturopath or Homeopathic practitioner near where you live, should be able to prescribe the correct homeopathic drops, i.e. Staphisagria which specifically addresses the UTI.
I also now take the Probiotics and Ovestin as a preventative, but I am finding it doesn’t keep it away forever.
After another relapse, I discovered a new product in the chemist. UroFem. Didn’t make much difference. The UTI tends to hover in the background, in a manageable fashion for a little while, until it flares up again. Is there anyone out there that knows of a permanent cure? Please write to me. The next thing I am going to try is Hiprex.
I am a little uncertain if I should try this Hiprex, as the side effects are:
People taking Hiprex have reported nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, and painful or difficult urination.
Another Natural practitioner in Auckland advised me she provides bioenergetic medicine/ homeopathic solutions too, especially for Interstitial Cystitis. She is Elize, at Metamorphosis Wellbeing. I may have to contact her next, if none of the other solutions work the second time around.
I understand that everyone will be different and have different reasons to be susceptible to cystitis. What worked for me, might not necessarily work for you. But do try these options before suffering any longer than you need to.
Dont forget that if you currently have a bout of cystitis, then be sure to have Alkaline food handy and drink lots of water, or you may be unwittingly prolonging the infection, or escalating it til it becomes a kidney infection.