How to get rid of a UTI fast and without drugs
First this note/disclaimer: “The information found here has not been approved by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.” I'm only sharing our own story, your situation may be VERY different, and I'm not a medical professional or anywhere close. Use this information only to do more research on your own!
Today I'll tell you what happened recently and what caused the pain that brought me to the floor. I'll also tell you what I learned about how to get rid of a UTI fast and without drugs, and about the way I was reminded of those times when we're really happy for doctors and pharmaceuticals…
(Note: see the update at the end of this post about how to prevent kidney stones and what causes them!!!)
Some of this story doesn't even make sense, maybe you can help me figure it out.
It all started first thing Monday morning when I noticed a funny feeling in my lower abdomen, a mild ache, and I couldn't put my finger on what it was. It felt a little like a menstrual cramp but it wasn't the right time for that. Within a couple of hours I knew it was the beginnings of a urinary tract infection, because I was having the classic symptoms I learned about many years ago in nursing school: I felt like I had to go ALL the time. As the day went on this urgency and pressure increased to where it felt like I'd been holding it in forever after a huge cup of coffee, but when I'd go then usually only a little would trickle out. I didn't have the burning sensation like some do with bladder infections, and figured this was because it was just in the beginning stages.
So I did what any naturally-minded health conscious person would do: I used this search engine that brings up only the sites I trust!
I really really knew that I didn't want to take an antibiotic if I didn't have to, knowing what a number this does on your gut health (but yes, sometimes you just have to), so this gave me the information I needed on how to get rid of a UTI fast. By 9:00 am I started popping cod liver oil with butter oil and probiotics every hour or two. I was also drinking kombucha and eating the yummy apple sauerkraut that I purchased at the WAPF conference, all this was in hopes of getting more beneficial bacteria working in my gut to fight what was going on in my urinary tract. At noon I got to the health food store and grabbed D-Mannose and took one every hour or two.
Guys, you have to get all of these items to have on hand, I'm convinced this is what helped me get rid of a UTI fast and without antibiotics!
It wasn't quite that simple in my case, though…
I went about my day pretty normally and even made us a nice chicken dinner.
I was still confident that I'd be feeling better by morning, even though the pressure was getting a little worse — it was annoying and a little painful, but if I sat down and crossed my legs I was okay. Around 7:00 or 7:30 pm, though, I started feeling some pain in my lower left abdomen, and then it got worse fast, and it started radiating around to my lower back on the left side. I took a couple Ibuprofen, hoping I could hold off whatever was going on, because I just knew all the stuff I was taking would kick in before long.
My body has never felt such pain.
It kept getting worse and I was literally rolling around on the bed trying different positions, then on the floor, trying to get the right pressure point on my back somehow. (I felt bad because the kids kept peeking their heads in my room, “You okay Mom?” I'd say, “Not really honey, please pray.”) I tried applying cold, I tried standing up and swaying, I tried walking, I tried lying still. I was even doing my labor breathing exercises. Nothing was helping.
They weren't lying!
I was starting to think this could be a kidney stone along with a UTI, they say the pain is like labor (and they're right!), but this was even worse than labor pains because it didn't let up for even a moment, and it was excruciating. I gave it an 8 on the 1-10 pain scale. The pain got so bad that I started vomiting (so much for that nice dinner), and then there was a little blood in my urine.
Kent had been asking if we should go somewhere and after a while of me saying, “Let's just wait a little bit to see if the Ibuprofen will help...”, he finally said, “Okay, that's it, get dressed. We're going in.” I knew I couldn't stand the pain much longer, and the thought of them knocking me out with pain meds was so enticing, but I was worried about being in the van and not being able to move around to try and get comfortable. I didn't have a choice, though. I was all over the place as he was driving, on my back, on all fours, it was so bad! Then we got to the urgent care center (took 10 loooong minutes) and I had to sit there in a wheelchair while they got me all checked in — again, it wasn't long, maybe 5 minutes, but seemed like for-freaking-ever. Finally they got me to a room where I promptly vomited again.
I immediately started sobbing.
The room looked just like all the rooms we had taken Mom to so many times in the last few weeks of her life, which was only 4 months ago, and as soon as I turned the corner the memory hit me in full force, so now along with the tears of pain I was also an emotional sobbing mess. The nurse must have thought I was a complete dingbat. Plus I just couldn't get any relief and was moaning and holding my side and walking, then lying down, then swaying. Strong spasms began happening too, it was terrible! They needed a urine sample, took me to x-ray (the first time in my life that I didn't even care about getting an x-ray, I wanted to know if there was a stone there!), and then finally got an IV in and some pain meds. It still took a few looooong minutes to take hold, but when it did and I drifted off to sleep, it was relief like you just can't fathom unless you've been there. Just being able to walk and move without pain, oh the stuff we take for granted!!!
My urine didn't show an infection and the x-ray didn't show a stone.
Often stones are too small to show up, though, and I wondered if everything I'd been taking ALL day had already wiped out any signs of infection? They discharged me and we had to drive a bit to find a 24-hour pharmacy for the pain meds, anti-nausea meds, and a urinary tract muscle relaxer that they sent me home with.
There are times to be thankful for doctors and pharmaceuticals…
You all know how much I've written in the past about the pharmaceutical industry, and there are some rotten things going on there for sure (the many vaccine scams, the push for statins, etc.), but WOW, there are times when we can be really thankful for doctors and drugs. (As I've said before, the medical establishment is very good at acute care, just not so good at chronic care, and for sure not great about prevention or knowing the impact that real food, real fats, and natural remedies can have.)
On the way there and while Kent was in filling the prescriptions, the pain came back!
I started doing my breathing again and praying more, and tried not to panic since I was stuck in the van again and couldn't try much to get comfortable. Next I felt something move inside me on the left side, just a little urnk. (Like that professional word?) I'm assuming a little stone moved just touch, because although it was still hurting as Kent came back with the meds and a bottled water so I could pop the meds quickly and hopefully get them to start working, within a few minutes, before they even could've done anything, the pain stopped again.
That was about 11:00 pm and it hasn't been back since. Ever. Weird, right?!
I was fine the whole way home, walked in normally, got my pajamas on normally, I even went to the bathroom normally, everything felt totally fine and has ever since. I haven't taken any more meds, either. They sent me home with a little urine strainer, but I keep forgetting to use it, so I may have passed something, who knows? It's now three days later and I haven't had one twinge of pain since, and believe me, I've been thanking God for this a lot, and if YOU are pain-free right now, you should, too!
So that's probably more than you cared to know about my little issue the other night.
It's all pretty weird, but the only theory I can come up with is that I had a fairly mild UTI which I caught early and helped take care of with the cod liver oil/butter oil, probiotics, D-Mannose, and probiotic foods. And I must have had a small stone that finally shifted (the urnk I felt) and I either passed it without knowing, or it's still coming… (???!!!)
Has anything like this ever happened to you? What are YOUR tips for how to get rid of a UTI fast and hopefully without drugs?
I've never been a patient in my life except for when I had our 4 kids, so this was all new for me. I didn't like it (and our little trip was probably expensive too, can't wait for that bill), so it makes me want to take good care of myself and our family all the more.
Surely you know someone who needs to know how to get rid of a UTI fast and without drugs, will you please share this post with them and also on social media? Thank you!
UPDATE: I now know what can cause kidney stones!
Kidney stones are caused by a build up of calcium in places it should not be vs. in our bones where it should be! If you've had kidney stones in the past OR if you're taking extra vitamin D or calcium, you will want to read this about vitamin K2 (and the implications can be even more dangerous than stones in places we don't want them, as in clogged arteries.) Hint: really almost everyone should be on vitamin K2. Read more at that post about why.
As always, remember I'm not a doctor or anywhere close. Do your own research!