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irish

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Anyone dealt with Klebsiella urinary tract infections?
« on: August 30, 2019, 10:44:51 PM »
I had Klebsiella UTI last Dec and ended up with gram negative infection which is the bacteria also in the blood stream and makes one very ill. I was in the hospital 5 days.

Had E.Coli UTI in June and was treated. Amy now on Cipro for klebsiella UTI again. I am thinking that I could have some type of infection in my lungs as things as so different and it has really been bugging me. Seems like antibiotics decrease the symptoms.

Anyway I am just wondering if anyone has been through these recurrent infections with Klebsiella and what you did to help cut down on them. I have had  Immune issues in the past and still tend to have some problems with infection in spite of having better blood work due to my IVIG. I am thinking I had better try to see my pulmonologist and get this checked out. Nothing like old age to make one more vulnerable for more health issues in spite of or because of the autoimmune stuff. Take care all...Have a good weekend. Irish

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Re: Anyone dealt with Klebsiella urinary tract infections?
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2019, 03:21:54 AM »
I'm sorry this happened, Irish, klebsiella can be a real buggar to get rid of. i'm luckily not prone to cystitis, but my late MIL suffered for years. Her GP kept her on Macrobid prophylaxis for years (which led to it's own set of problems) but eventually she cultured positive for klebsiella which was resistant to sulfonamides.

She was put on Augmentin for a 14 day course, re-cultured positive for continued colonization, and back on Augmentin for a month, when she finally cultured negative. Her case was particularly complicated because she self-catheterized for many years (due to poorly managed cystitis, you know the type, just take the antibiotics until the burning stops and save the rest until the next time;  and nerve damage during her child bearing years).

Prevention in her case required cath retraining and much more attention to non contamination methods, but at 96 years of age, and having done it "her way" for 20 years that was easier said than done! I started insisting on a dipstick check weekly, and was able to forestall a couple of infections before they took hold, but the klebsiella wasn't evident on one week, and was symptomatic 5 days later, it's quite aggressive. I also had to encourage her to drink more water, and had her home care worker focus on that as well, but that wasn't easy either, since she tried not to drink much so she wouldn't have to cath as often! Catch 22!

I hope you find a solution, and there's been no lung involvement!
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Re: Anyone dealt with Klebsiella urinary tract infections?
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2019, 06:40:17 AM »
Sorry you are dealing with this Irish. I've lost count of the number of UTI's I've had this year, at least 9. I've always been prone to them. I've also cultured out Klebsiella. They had to give me another antibiotic for that one after the first one.  It's usually E coli. It's very common to have Klebsiella in the intestines but it's kind of a nasty bug if it gets out of the intestines. In fact, I just got back from urgent care with yet another UTI's this morning.
At my gyn check up last week, they said my estrogen was too low, despite being on estrogen therapy. They switched me to a gel you rub in vs. the patch I'd been on. They also told me to make sure to rub the Estrace cream on the outside of the urethra. We'll see if this helps. Even when I was young, I was prone to these. I tried the D-mannose and it didn't work for me. I drink a fair amount of fluids but could probably drink more. Also going to try this. It seems when I was drinking a lot of water, I didn't get these things. Keep us posted. I hope it gets better soon.

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Re: Anyone dealt with Klebsiella urinary tract infections?
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2019, 11:51:00 AM »
Thanks for the info you two. I have never been prone to uti's. I had one when I was about 8 and took the liquid chocolate flavored sulfa antibiotic. Had one during one pregnancy and had a kidney infection at about age 30 and none til Dec 2018.

I do believe that I got that one from having 3 colon preps in 2 months last fall. I had to have one for a run of the mill colonoscopy which showed up an increase in my arterial vascular malformations. Then I had another prep so they could have me swallow the camera to see what the AVMS were doing. Then I had to have the 3rd prep so they could do the colonoscopy and laser the AVMS. I was so run down during this time from anemia, needed blood transfusion and just having so many ailments the past year.

I told my doc that I thought all this invasive stuff just set me up for the Kelbsiella. Told him it had nothing to do with poor technique, etc. It just is what it is and with someone with a weak immune system I was just the perfect storm. Then i had to have another prep and colonoscopy and laser treatment to AVMs in May. On the table I told my GI I thought I needed a dose of IV antibiotic to cover me for the procedure. Well, she got the order from "the pope" as she calls my internist. He told her he agreed with me. Guess what, in June I got an e coli uti so the antibiotic IV must not have worked.

I go to immunologist clinic for my infusion on Wed so I will ask them if they have any ideas on how to handle this drug wise. I also have to make appt with my urologist. Sheesh...it never ends does it. I do believe that one lives as long as they have the energy and where with all to get to the doc for treatment. If I ever moved away from all my caring specialists I would probably drop in my tracks. Thanks again. Irish

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Re: Anyone dealt with Klebsiella urinary tract infections?
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2019, 04:35:29 PM »
Irish,
I hope you are better soon and am so sorry you have to deal with this.  It seems as though you have so much to deal with.  I'm glad you have caring doctors and hopefully they will find a way to handle this for you!


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Re: Anyone dealt with Klebsiella urinary tract infections?
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2019, 10:19:44 AM »
Irish,

So sorry that you are having such a rough time.  You do so much for everybody!  Stay close to your specialists because we all NEED you and you🥰

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Re: Anyone dealt with Klebsiella urinary tract infections?
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2019, 03:06:27 PM »
Irish,

I just got a culture report today from my latest UTI last week and guess what? Klebsiella again! I got a referral to a urologist.  Let's stay in touch about this, ok??

Well wishes for health to you!!!
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Re: Anyone dealt with Klebsiella urinary tract infections?
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2019, 05:51:17 PM »
Not often that two people are so unlucky at the same time. I had seen the doc for my C & S ….not my normal internist....and this doc told me to buy a sitz basin cause I don't have a tub in my apartment. I bought one today at Walgreens for 24$ which was much more then buying it on line but I wan't to get started as soon as possible.

Will see if that helps. I haven't had a tub bath since about 1980 as I haven't been able to get out of the tub due to leg weakness. It took me til 2006 to learn that I had Myasthenia which causes leg weakness. Will keep in touch with you regarding the klebsiella. Deb.
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