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UTI’s, Women, & Fibromyalgia ~ Ways To Help Prevent UTI’s Especially With FMS

Preventing UTI's In Fibromyalgia Patients

One of the many plagues of womanhood, UTI’s (urinary tract infections) can be as common as hangnails, especially for women with Fibromyalgia.  If you are a woman reading this, I’d bet dollars to donuts you’ve had a UTI  (or several) within the last two years.  You know the signs:

  • Pressure
  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Feeling like your bladder did not empty completely
  • Having to ‘go’ every 20 min.
  • Possible blood in the urine 

Those could be symptoms of something else, but for me I know immediately when I experience these that I’ve got a UTI.  Off I go to the doctor for a ‘pee test’, and back home I come with a hefty round of antibiotics.  I’ve had one now going on three weeks because I was taking the wrong dosage for a UTI (don’t ask, just make sure you see a physician and follow their instructions!), so my infection came back with a vengeance this morning.

Ways to help prevent UTI's especially with FMS

Fibromyalgia patients seem to be especially prone to UTI’s.  It could be due to our already weakened immune system, or at the very least it plays a probable role.  However, as far as UTI’s are concerned, many factors can contribute to a bacterial infection in the urinary tract.  There are also cautionary steps we can take to help prevent these nasty bouts.

Ways To Help Prevent UTI’s  

  1. The ol ‘wipe front to back’  (get the ‘drift’, so to speak?) ~
  2. Drink pure NO sugar cranberry juice  (the ‘pucker’ stuff from the health store, not the ‘juice cocktail’ blend full of sugar and additives you get in the grocery aisle)~
  3. Urinate right after intercourse ~
  4. Keep your immune system as healthy as possible (find great tips for this here)~
  5. Stay hydrated with H2O  (helps to keep those ‘bacterial buggers’ flushing out of your system)~
  6. Try to avoid ‘bubble bath’  (those chemicals slip into every ‘nook n cranny’)~ 

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We have enough on our plate dealing with chronic illness day after day.  I doubt we can completely avoid ever having a UTI again, but by following a few preventive measures we may be able to stave many of them off.

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    Brandi Clevinger
    April 29 at 6:22 am

    UTIs are no joke, and are so painful! Urinating after intercourse is very true. When I can feel an UTI coming on, so to speak, I take shots of cranberry juice. Without asking why I take shots, my husband poured a glass (yes, a glass) of my cranberry juice and gulped it down. haha His face after drinking it was hilarious! Needless to say, he figured out why I do shots as opposed to glasses. haha

    Thank you for sharing at Chronic Friday Linkup! I pinned this to the linkup board and have scheduled it to be shared on my blog’s FB page.

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      kristine
      April 29 at 8:48 am

      Thank you Brandi! That’s awesome about your husband and the cranberry juice! It’s VERY close to the sour level of a straight shot of vinegar, quite the surprise if your tastebuds are set for something sweet! LOL 😀

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    Deborah Davis
    May 2 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing UTI’s, Women, & Fibromyalgia ~ Ways To Help Prevent UTI’s Especially With FMS with us on the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m pinning and sharing.
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      kristine
      May 2 at 11:32 pm

      Your welcome Deborah, have a great week! 🙂

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