In today’s video post I wanted to tackle three seemingly unrelated topics that are actually quite related to one another after all: Bartonella (a Lyme co-infection), Interstitial Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder), and UTI’s (the lovely, the unforgettable – urinary tract infections). You may be wondering what all of these things have to do with one another, and I too, for many years, wondered the same. However, after dealing with all three of these issues for far too long, I finally was able to put a finger on them, decipher which was which (UTI vs. IC flare), and how Bartonella was related to both of these both extremely painful bladder conditions. As a whole, Bartonella is one of the many Lyme co-infections that is not all too commonly talked about. Personally, the last time I did my own research on Bartonella, there wasn’t too much information out there. For these reasons, I didn’t take it into account as being a possible explanation for my return of pure fatigue, night sweats, foot pain, facial swelling, migraines, and later reoccurring UTIs and bladder pain. It got to the point where almost every month I would have what we believed to be a UTI. While some, in fact, were UTIs (detected via urine analysis), the symptoms began lingering long after my treatment regime had been finished. If you do not deal with IC, just imagine have a UTI 24/7. Terrible, right? Eventually, I was brought to my Whitts end, which is how I learned the connection between Bartonella and bladder inflammation. Overall, treating my Bartonella extensively with DesBio’s homeopathic series has helped the most with my symptoms and pain. On top of this, I still do my very best to avoid potential bladder irritants, such as coffee, citrus, chocolate, and vinegars. Most other irritants I wouldn’t normally eat and therefore don’t really worry about, however, here is an extensive list for those interested. While I recorded today’s video back in the fall of 2018, I am still on the 10M vial of DesBio’s homeopathic to this day. I go back and forth from taking 1-2 vials per week, with doses spread 3-4 days apart from each other. With a less inflamed bladder and more complete urination, I’ve only had 1 UTI in the past 7+ months, which is a big improvement for myself. That being said, this past UTI (which I acquired after having to hold my pee too long due to flying home from CT) really flared my IC, leaving me with UTI-like symptoms even after a round of antibiotics. Speaking of antibiotics, while not everyone is the same, I personally have had so many UTIs that I am resistant to pretty much all forms of oral antibiotics that target bladder infections. For this reason, this past UTI I ended up at the ER to get IV antibiotics, which, after a single dose and 6 hours later, left me completely symptom free (except for the IC pain that is). After having a flare, I make sure to double up on my Bartonella treatment, am extra vigilant to avoid triggers/bladder irritants, drink tons (and I mean TONS) of water, and pee as much as possible (which isn’t too hard being 23 weeks preggo and all). To learn more about how I’ve dealt with UTI’s, IC, and Bartonella, be sure to watch the video below!
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