urinary tract infection Tag

Evann Hilt is a young American scientist who has helped change the course of history. Working with an intelligent, tightknit group at the Loyola Urinary Education and Research Collaborative (LUEREC) in Chicago, USA, her work on the human bladder resulted in the 2014 ground-breaking discovery of the bladder microbiome—dubbed the female urinary microbiota (FUM). This discovery not only dispelled decades of incorrect assumptions that urine is sterile, but it also highlights fundamental flaws in urinary tract infection (UTI) diagnostic tests used throughout the world today. The existence of the FUM is forcing scientists, microbiologist and clinicians to re-think everything previously accepted about urinary tract health and disease, including what causes UTIs and how they are best diagnosed and treated. Evann’s important work now opens up life-changing possibilities for those living with UTIs and other urinary disorders. Although it could still be some time off, she anticipates her work will give clinicians new safe and effective non-antibiotic therapy options that will return the resident FUM to a healthy and harmonious state. You can read more about Evann's exciting research in our 2018 interview. (Above image:  Dr Alan Wolfe and Evann Hilt analysing culture plates at the LUEREC lab, courtesy of LUEREC.)

Linsey is a nurse living in the United States.  Her problems began at the age of 33 after developing a UTI that did not respond to three short-courses of antibiotics.  Given no alternative but to live with severe bladder and urethral pain, her search led to a practitioner in her country who was able to order advanced diagnostic tests and finally treat her infection.  During her healing she discovered she had other systemic infections, including Lyme disease.  Addressing these additional infections was key to her recovery.  Linsey has been symptom-free for the past two years, but says it is more important than ever to remain vigilant and take a holistic approach to her body and her health.  You can read more about Linsey here.

**UPDATED NOVEMBER 2020**

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.

Life changed for this Australian woman when a simple, uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI) refused to go away. Relying solely on tests results, doctors were quick to disassociate her symptoms from the initial infection and diagnose her with interstitial cystitis (IC).  Following a post-operative course of antibiotics, Jenna had an unbelievable 14 year hiatus before her dreaded symptoms returned.  Realising doctors knew very little about her condition, she  decided she would find a way to get better.  Her ongoing research highlighted similarities between her 'incurable' condition and other chronic infections.  After plenty of reading and research, she decided to trial a treatment protocol used to target pathogens linked with several other conditions.  This unconventional, self-administered protocol quickly led to relief from her ongoing urinary symptoms.  In little over a year, Jenna was able to stop her treatment completely and remain symptom-free.  You can read more about Jenna'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.

 

Olimpia is a young Italian woman who suffered constant bladder pain for 12 years after initially delaying treatment for an acute UTI.   Frustrated from years of being put through the mill by doctors and specialists who had little to offer, she embarked on a health experiment that radically changed her life and cured her bladder symptoms for good.  Now that she's back living a happy and pain-free life, Olimpia established an online forum where she helps others who are following similar health regimens to heal their chronic bladder symptoms.

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, to put 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.