At 28-years-of-age, Beth developed a simple UTI that she would go on to endure for the next 10 years. Living a life in unbearable and debilitating pain, she was eventually diagnosed with interstitial cystitis (IC). To help manage the symptoms from her ‘incurable’ condition, she was prescribed serious pain medication and had a Medtronic Interstim surgically fitted to her spine. Refusing to accept this life-long sentence, and desperately wanting a baby, she gathered her strength and continued searching for answers. After the initial step of discovering and correcting an underactive thyroid condition, in 2015 she travelled overseas to see ‘Dr Lovely’ and was properly diagnosed and treated for a chronic UTI. Since being properly medicated, Beth has slowly regained her health and finally become a very proud, first-time mother to a healthy, gorgeous, happy baby. Here is her story.
Jill began experiencing recurrent UTIs when she was 60. Despite receiving standard antibiotic treatment for these acute attacks, the frequency of her infections soon increased, along with alarming lab findings of growing antibiotic resistances. After suffering severe gut problems from candida overgrowth, and with labs now consistently finding a resistant ESBL-producing E coli (ESBL-EC), she turned to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and completely turned her life around. Jill has been free from recurrent UTIs for three years and has now turned her attention to lobbying for change. In 2016 she established a campaign group, BladderAction UK. The group is putting pressure on the UK government and relevant authorities to address current failures in the medical system, and to introduce better UTI testing and treatment protocols in the UK. Here is Jill’s story.
Julie is an Australian woman whose first ever UTI did not fully respond to treatment and turned into a misdiagnosis of interstitial cystitis (IC). Feeling she still had the infection, and becoming increasingly depressed that her UTI tests kept coming back negative despite her ongoing UTI symptoms, she decided to take matters into her own hands. Julie began researching and came across a molecular DNA-based UTI test that identified the bacteria that her local MSU cultures were unable to find. With further research, she decided to tackle her infection through a combination of natural anti-microbials, a nutrient dense plant-based diet, fasting and lifestyle changes. Within a year, her self-prescribed regimen gradually strengthen her whole body and, in turn, healed her chronic UTI. This is her story.
Martha's story began a number of decades ago when she began experiencing UTI symptoms out of the blue. Despite her symptoms, all the UTI tests returned negative for infection. After going through the usual investigative procedures, she was given a diagnosis of interstitial cystitis (IC). Her persistence in wanting a more logical explanation led her to find a superior urine culture test that was able to identify her bacteria. She was then finally able to access antibiotic treatment, eventually putting an end to her chronic UTI. Over many years she has personally helped countless people from different countries, along with developing an information website and sponsoring a science research project in 2003. As a determined and proactive patient advocate, she continues her pursuit in networking, sharing information and raising awareness of inadequate UTI testing and treatment. This is her story.
Carol is an Australian woman who suffered with severe recurrent UTIs and constant, debilitating pelvic pain for several decades. The frequency and severity of her attacks were getting worse despite being treated each time. Her situation had become dire. In 2014, Carol's GP agreed to start her on a chronic UTI treatment protocol used in the United Kingdom. Thanks to this non-standard treatment approach, for the first time in over 25 years Carol reports she is finally free from her regular acute UTIs and constant pelvic pain. You can read more about her experience here.
The following blog entry is a patient story from an Australian woman with a five year history of recurrent UTIs that turned into a diagnosis of 'irritable bladder' and 'interstitial cystitis'. In desperation, she took matters into her own hands and cured her chronic UTI naturally through improving her overall health, balancing her hormones and taking natural anti-microbials. Her personal journey has resulted in a research project collecting information from women who have managed, treated and cured their recurrent UTIs. She has now developed a website designed to share this valuable information which she hopes will help educate and empower other women.