Christine is a British woman whose recurrent UTIs started at the age of 12. Being prescribed the usual treatments, and offered routine UTI prevention tips and homeopathic remedies, her regular infections persisted. After complications brought on from successful breast cancer treatment, her recurring UTIs became worse and began dominating her life. Now out of options, Christine's practitioner referred her to a specialist clinic for recalcitrant UTIs based in London. Here she was diagnosed immediately with a chronic UTI. Her severe embedded UTI has required several changes in antibiotic therapy to bring her symptoms under control. Now that her infection is being properly managed and she's feeling better, she is cautiously optimist about completing treatment in the near future. You can read more about Christine's story here.
When Lauren got her third UTI, she never imagined it would be the beginning of a gruelling 18-month journey taking her from one side of the world to the other, and then back again. What looked to be a straight forward bladder infection, quickly spiralled into the most frightening and miserable experience of her life. As her symptoms rapidly declined, so did her mental health as she was subjected to rounds of tests and medical procedures to explain her symptoms. After a lengthy process of elimination, Lauren was diagnosed in Australia with interstitial cystitis (IC) and started on a course of bladder instils. Refusing to accept this was her future, more research led her back to the United Kingdom. The day after her arrival, she was finally diagnosed correctly with a chronic UTI and prescribed a treatment plan for the infection that had become embedded in her bladder wall. After 22 months of continuous full-dose antibiotic treatment, Lauren completely recovered and is 18 months' symptom and medication free. You can read more about Lauren's chronic UTI journey here.
Olivia is a British woman whose battle with recurrent UTIs started decades ago. What first began as occasional, seemingly uncomplicated acute UTIs, eventually turned into frequent, severe recurrent attacks. When her acute attacks tested positive, she would receive the usual UTI treatment. When the tests failed to identify bacteria, she was abandoned by her doctors. After jumping through numerous medical hoops, being repeatedly offered derogatory advice and receiving painful surgical procedures that did more harm than good, Olivia eventually found a specialist who knew what was going on. She was finally diagnosed and treated for a chronic UTI. Olivia is a 'long hauler' and healing from her embedded bladder infection has been a test of endurance. After more than five years in treatment, she is ecstatic to finally be free from her UTI symptoms and looks forward to the day her treatment is complete. You can read more about Olivia's experience here.
Libby's life came crashing down when her recurrent urinary tract infections suddenly became constant and stopped responding to treatment. Being forced to drop out of work and university, she was no longer able to rely on doctors and knew it was up to her to find a solution. While on university placement, a chance encounter with another chronic UTI sufferer led her to discover a unique chronic UTI treatment protocol being used successfully at a clinic in the United Kingdom. She asked her doctor for help and within months she was responding to the new treatment. In just over a year, she is almost cured and says she is firmly committed to seeing her treatment through to the end.
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.
Lindyloo is a Dutch woman with a history of bladder problems spanning three decades. She was treated for monthly UTIs, until short-course antibiotics no longer had an effect. By now she was in constant pain. Bedridden and in emotional turmoil day after day, she had the choice of giving in to her painful illness, or gather the energy to find a solution. When Lindyloo took to the internet and learned of a UTI specialist in England, she knew she had to get to the clinic if there was any hope of improving her quality of life. Lindyloo made the painful journey and her treatment has been life changing. Read more about her story to find out why.