I'm slowly getting over this UTI. I am however on my second type of antibiotics for it.
I was put on Nitrofurantoin on Friday. 100mg x 4 daily for five days. Normally people are given 50mg x 4 for three days but I warranted a double dose and extra days due to my history. You know it's a bad UTI when the doctor takes one look at the sample and goes "yeah you've got a UTI my love" before he's even stuck a test strip in it. Also, how fast did that strip change colours?!
By Monday lunch time I still felt absolutely shit and that was after 3 days worth. My back was really starting to hurt and I was beginning to panic it was going to my kidneys. Rang and spoke to the duty doctor. Switched me to Cefalexin 250mg x4 daily for 7 days on the assumption the Nitrofurantoin wasn't working which surprised me a bit as it's worked for me before. I have had a lot of it in the past although not for a good few years. I took another sample up. Don't know what it showed but it still had the signs which meant the dr knew I had a UTI before he tested it on Friday.
I'm feeling a lot, a lot better since I stopped the Nitrofurantoin and started the Cefalexin. In fact I was surprised how quickly I started feeling better. I still feel totally washed out and tired. I made it sailing yesterday but it took sleeping most of the morning, going back to bed for an hour and a half rest in the afternoon and a very early night. And I only managed a very brief sail - when I came in they all asked what was wrong and didn't I want to go out for longer?
Today again I managed some of my usual Wednesday stuff but it took staying in bed until the last possible minute, a long sleep in the afternoon and I'll be headed to bed after Masterchef me thinks.
Logically I do realise that a lot of this has to do with going to Naidex last week. I didn't drink enough one of the days (or rather I did but didn't space it well enough to keep my bladder flushed out) and I got really tired which would have taken me a few days to get over and add in this infection and it's just all worse for it. But I must admit to being really freaked out. I have a long and painful history of UTI's and I've needed months of prophylactic antibiotics before to really break the cycle and totally clear them. And last year one went to my kidneys and I was sat with an out of hours duty doctor asking if I wanted to be hospitalised. I'm just hoping that this will be a one off and not the start of another lot of problems...