I went to Urgent Care this afternoon after AZO test strips at home showed positive for leukocytes twice. The sample at urgent care showed low in leukocytes and the doctor prescribed 250g of Cipro twice a day for five days. Does that sound reasonable?
I have concern in that my symptoms were not overwhelming, and I don't know long how I may have had the UTI (that is, if the culture comes back positive). No blood was found in the urine.
I asked the doctor if after the 5 days it was safe to go back on the nitrofurantoin as a prophylactic, and he said that in the 5-day interim that may help defeat the resistance, and said we would cross our fingers that that would be the case. What is your view on that?
I finally have my appointment to see a new urologist on Thursday, May 16th. Perhaps I should ask her about cephalosporins as a prophylactic for UTI's. What is the cephalosporin usually prescribed. Doesn't that have the same concern for resistance? Should a patient rotate prophylactic antibiotics monthly to avoid this. I generally retain 300-400 ml of urine: I take it that makes it more likely for me to develop UTI's when using a catheter even with antibiotics?
I never had a UTI unless using a catheter. I am wondering whether in a risk/benefit analysis it is better for me not to use a catheter and risk any damage to my bladder from retention? I have had no kidney problems to date but worry that UTI's from catheter use could result in that. The only side effect to date is a thickening of the bladder wall.
I have asked quite a few questions here. Feel free to answer some, and I will ask the remainder in a new question to better compensate you for your time. Thank you.