I have suffered for a number of years with urine infections that have been treated with anti-biotics. For several weeks i have had a slight burning sensation in the mornings which i find is eased when i drink a couple of glasses of water. I went to my doctor who tested my urine and said that i had blood in it but nothing else. This has been sent away for testing and in the meantime i am taking ciprofloxacin. However, after nearly 5 days the problem hasn't gone and i am becoming concerned it could be something more serious. In the last 4 weeks my stools have been rather loose and i am noticing that there is undigested food in them (no blood that i can see). Is it possible that the two are linked? Any ideas what the problem could be and what the best way of treating it is?
Urinary tract infections (UTI) are more common in women than in men. Microbiological examination of the urine (urinary cultures) is necessary to identify the infective agent and to choose an appropriate antibiotic. Frequent UTIs indicate that you are experiencing chronic UTIs. Chronic urinary infections can be due to an infection that has gone on unhealed or you maybe experiencing an anatomic disorder of the urinary tract that makes you susceptible to frequent UTIs. Blood in the urine (haematouria) can be present in cases of urinary infection but kidney failure can also manifested with haematouria. You might want to request a kidney status (urea, creatinin and urinary analyses) to exclude possible kidney disorder. You can consult a urologist or nephrologist about your problem.
Undigested food in the stool is a normal event because some types of food (vegetables) canât be digested by the humanâs digestive tract.
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