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Have bladder infection. Taken antibiotics. Is this something serious?

I had my first bladder infection 3 months ago took antibiotics for it .Then 2 weeks ago it happened again took antibiotics for that bladder infection now only 3 days after finishing my antibiotics I can feel it coming again my upper legs on both sides have been hurting since the first bladder infection and after I started taking my antibiotics for this last one I swelled up all over I am worried its something more serious I remind you never had them before I am 37 years old and have not changed anything in my life and a am wondering what I should do
Asked On : Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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Hello and welcome to HCM.

Thank you for your query.

It appears that you are suffering from either a persistent or recurring infection. The causes for this can be:
-Inadequate dose of antibiotic used
-Inadequate duration of antibiotic used
-Inappropriate antibiotic used
-Some active underlying condition causing the UTI recurrence

I can understand your frustration, as despite treatment, you are not attaining relief. This is due to any one of the above causes. To resolve this you will have to first of all request your doctor for a urine culture and sensitivity examination. This investigation provides information on the infection and the organism causing it. Once we recognize the organism, it makes treatment simpler. This investigation also provides information on the most suitable medication that can be used to treat the infection. If the right antibiotic is used in the right dose and for the correct duration, there is no chance of a recurrence, unless there is some underlying cause for this.

Almost all recurrent or persistent UTIs have some underlying cause. This will have to be thoroughly investigated by your doctor, to rule out/diagnose conditions like stones in the renal system, etc. This aspect will have to be investigated only if you do not find relief even after using the most suitable antibiotic for you.

I hope I have succeeded in providing the information you were looking for. Please feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications. I would gladly help you.

Best wishes.
Answered: Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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