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Lynne888

Registered: April 13, 2005
Posts: 120
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To say I'm at my wits end is the understatement of the year.  The two UTI's I had on top of one another that then developed into a kidney infection has now gone on to give me Streb b - something that apparently we all have but lies dormant.  It's mostly a problem for pregnant women. I have no idea why I've got this now but I am on my 4th course of antibiotics in 4 weeks.  I have looked it up on google (fatal I know) and it seems I could have all sorts of fatal things happen to me including septicemia. I know it's a long shot but has anyone else ever been diagnosed with Strep b? I've had a fever for weeks that just won't go away. Would appreciate it if anyone knows anything about this in women who are not pregnant. 
DawnCOB

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Registered: Dec 2, 2003
Posts: 4,489
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HI Lynne,

I had Strep B urine infection last year, it was nasty and took me a few antibiotics to be clear of it.

Hope you are soon feeling better.

best wishes
Dawn
Lynne888

Registered: April 13, 2005
Posts: 120
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Thanks for your reply Dawn.  I'm worn out with all the antibiotics. Did you have a low grade fever when you had the infection? I can hardly move for the hot and cold sweats which I assume is fever from the infection. 
Lynne888

Registered: April 13, 2005
Posts: 120
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Sorry to be a pain Dawn, but were you treated for other things before they found the strep B? 
DawnCOB

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Originally Posted by Lynne888

Thanks for your reply Dawn. I'm worn out with all the antibiotics. Did you have a low grade fever when you had the infection? I can hardly move for the hot and cold sweats which I assume is fever from the infection.
 
Sorry to be a pain Dawn, but were you treated for other things before they found the strep B? 


HI Lynne,

I did have a fever when I had the infection. Felt very weak .... 

The previous month before I had a Staph infection.. which I took antibiotcs for then a month later had Strep infection...

Thankfully since the Strep one I havent had an infection....

Dawn


laurabg

Registered: Sept 15, 2010
Posts: 287
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Hi
Yes I had enterococcus and strep b together.  Eventually turned into a kidney infection and I ended up in intensive care.  Never been the same since.
I had to take some very strong antibotics in the end Vancomycin after 4 day IV of Augmentin didn't work. I am allergic to this but they had to give it to me. Now I'm at Guys drug allegy unit because my extreme reactions.
I'm glad you have managed to deal with your kidney infection.
I was told to try and avoid antiobotics if I could for 2 years. Which I have done.
But you must take them if you have too. My uti was never dealt with probably by the proper drugs and then they couldn't find it because the antibotics.
Its going to take a while for you bladder to get its natural balance back.
The antibotics strip good and bad bacteria so its not surprizing the the strep b has got out of hand. 
Its so frustrating and I do feel for you. 
I just wanted to tell you that you are not alone.
I've had three msu come back with blood and mixed growth questionable.
Over the last 6 months.  I just don't know what to do after last time.
It feels like such a responsibilty which I'm so tired of.
Stick to the diet and I must be the only person in the  world who thinks
DMSO is great. It worked for me.  Sometimes I think it flushed the bacteria a way and now the buggers are coming back.  Who knows No one and thats my problem.

Take care

Laura
brida

Registered: May 12, 2011
Posts: 24
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So sorry to hear about your problems. I thought I'd share my experience with you, you never know it may help someone. I've also had mixed bacteria for the last 4 months which the GP & urologist put down to contamination. This I felt was the start of my problem as the antibiotics have not worked and I even developed resistance to antibiotics I have never taken! As with Laura, I've now been advised to stay off the antibiotics as long as possible. I decided to put in gear a plan of alternative action. I have been rubbing wild oil of oregano onto my bladder area 3 x day, taking 2 capsules x day of swiss garlic, actimel and activia and finally having a bath with many squirts of tea tree oil (specially formulated for the bath - you can't just pour in tea tree oil as it would be too strong). The first week I experienced intense itching and thrush like symptoms. These have gradually subsided and now I have none of the original urinary symptoms I started with (strong urges and constant twinges in the urethra). I have not yet taken a new sample to test whether the bacteria have gone but I certainly feel much better. Hope this can help someone. Incidentally, my son had a verruca which I decided to treat with the oil of oregano. I put 2 drops on it morning and evening and after 10 days the thing completely dropped off and he has normal skin cells underneath.
snowee9

Registered: Jan 16, 2010
Posts: 170
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If you can't use antibiotics and you have kidney pain and backache you could try Sandalwood oil rubbed into the back and kidney area, also a sitz bath with lavender oil after each toilet visit, if it is easier make up a spray bottle of lavender water.

Not sure if it works just remember reading it in a book called aromatherapy for women, written by Maggie Tisserland.

Hope you feel better soon XSnowee

p.s 1 drop of lavender oil to 100ml water, make a fresh bottle every 3rd day.

newz

Registered: June 26, 2011
Posts: 5
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 I can sympathise OP, I believe my bladder problems started with a strep B uti, even though I took antibiotics i just felt the bladder symptoms burning and pressure never really went away.
 
I've been referred to urology and have had a cystoscopy which was clear ie no inflammation so the dr doesn't think I have IC but I still have the ongoing symptoms 10 moths later.
 
I also have endometriosis and am having hormonal treatment for that so maybe it's all linked, who knows. Sorry I can't give you any real help but rest assured you're not alone!
Lynne888

Registered: April 13, 2005
Posts: 120
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I've just come back to look at my original question to see if anyone else had replied. Thank you those that have!  It hasn't been easy. I still do not feel well. After taking the antibiotics for 4 days, the side effects were so bad I could hardly walk. Pains in both thighs were severe. I looked online and it said to stop taking co-amoxiclav if this side effect developed so I did.  I felt far better two days later. I have now developed both oral and vaginal thrush from the antibiotic. I have an appointment with  my GP on Thursday.  I have pains in my lower abdomen. I'm not sue if I still have an ITU. I keep getting hot sweats but I do not have a temperature. It's all been a nightmare. I don't mention it to my family anymore as I'm sure even they think I'm making half of this up!
Snowee, I am a trained aromatherapist but I really do think things are so far gone that oil is not going to help this situation. I need my doctor to realise I have problems. Even walking the dog this morning was hard work, I have no energy at all and at one point thought I would pass out. Very very fed up!
Davidsmum

Registered: April 19, 2008
Posts: 518
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Lynne,

If you have had side effects from the antibiotics it is very important to fill in the Yellow Card Scheme and speak to your doctor about side effects and let him know you wish to fill in the card scheme.  If side effects were so bad you could not walk properly or even with any other side effects additional to what you normally have, they have to be reported. Unfortuantely antibiotics are given out very easily despite the numbers of reports in the medical journals and the national media. Also not only are there the side effects issues of them but also the lack of response to so many antibiotics now as bacterias are becoming resistent.
Lynne888

Registered: April 13, 2005
Posts: 120
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I didn't know about the yellow card thing.  My doctor is fully aware I have terrible problems with any sort of pills but he doesn 't take much notice. I ended up in hospital once because he wouldn't believe me when I said that the tablets he put me on (for blood pressure) were making me ill. . I've had a bad night. Terrible pains like childbirth all night. I've been doubled up on the side of the bed. I have a doctors appointment this morning so will mention the yellow card scheme. 
Davidsmum

Registered: April 19, 2008
Posts: 518
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This is a link to the yellow card scheme for reporting adverse side effects to drugs.
I think if you discuss this whole reaction of drugs with the doctor they may be inclined to take this more seriously. Very often drug reactions are brushed aside but it is surprising just how many people are reacting to the same drugs and the pharmaceutical companies need to know when they are developing new drugs.

Lynne888

Registered: April 13, 2005
Posts: 120
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Thanks for the information Davidsmum.  I haven't had a great morning at the doctors.  I was waiting over an hour - I had to get a taxi there as we live in the middle of nowhere and I don't drive. After an hour the taxi driver came in to get me as he couldn't wait any longer. I had to leave my appointment. I DO have one for tomorrow when my husband will be here so he will take me. I think from reading up on the Ab's I have taken, I have a severe case of IBS. Buscopan seems to have calmed things down a little this morning. 
Davidsmum

Registered: April 19, 2008
Posts: 518
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Hi Lynne,

So sorry you had this situation at the doctors today. Perhaps tomorrow if your husband can take you by car, then you can get him to come in with you. It often helps to make drs realise how this is affecting you and the family and you can feel a bit vulnerable on your own, if you are really poorly and distressed and it is easy to forget things. Hope it goes better tomorrow.
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