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Forum Name: Urinary tract infections
Question: Rule out HSV as the cause of UTI
|h0axpunkstar - Tue Dec 13, 2005 9:54 am||
I haven't had a UTI in nearly 8 years. 2 weeks ago I began experiencing pain with urination and a constant need to urinate with little urine actually being passed. I bagan drinking cranberry juice, beer, and water immediately. This eased the symptoms for a day or so until I could get to the doctor. He prescribed a 7 day course of Cipro, which I completed last Wednesday..7 days ago. 4 days ago, I awoke with symptoms once again...the uncomfy pressure, dark urine, and small amount even when I felt like I would burst if I didn't use the restroom immediately. This improved once again after drinking 2 or 3 beers. I have experienced the symptoms again this morning. I have called my dr and told the nurse that I need a stronger antibiotic. It will be ready later this afternoon. My question is: How can I rule out HSV2 as a cause of this UTI? 4 months ago, I had the first symptoms of HSV2 since testing positive for antibodies in 1999. I have had problems off and on since then and am currently taking 250mg of Famvir twice daily. Because of all the issues I've had, I am very worried that HSV could also be the cause of this. In order to put these worries to rest...or confirm them - Is there any true way to know that this is not HSV related infection?
Are there specific bacteria that will show positive? The doctor said I had a few white blood cells in the urine sample 2 weeks ago. He made a comment that there were "a few", which makes me think it's not the normal load you would suspect for a UTI. Could that have been due to the large amount of fluids I was consuming?
Thank you for any input!
|h0axpunkstar - Wed Dec 21, 2005 11:21 am||
Just an update. I took another 7 day course of antibiotics. This time it was Levaquin. I finished them up 2 nights ago, and all seems well. I'm still curious to know if there is a way to rule out HSV as a cause, if only to put my mind at ease. By the way, I did still have slight symptoms 4 days into the meds.
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