Horrible Urinary Tract Infection – Dee’s Story

I guess I have been lucky on the whole compared to a lot of the stories I have read. I went in for a hysterectomy feeling confident that I was in good shape and everything would go according to plan.

Well it did, except for one thing. I could not pass water when I was expected to. I tried every 5 mins and was in agony as it was only the day after the operation. After seven hours it was decided to put the catheter back in. What a relief! The next day the nurse came and took it out again. Again no luck and more agony. This went on another two times. I did not know what to do as I was told that they were being hopeful. Anyway, I went home with a catheter and was fine about it.

I went back after a week to have it removed and it was the worst day of my life. I could pass water but the stinging was getting worse every hour. I was begging for them to do something. By the time the best course of treatment was decided (they were trying to speak to the consultant) I was sent home at 11pm with stronger antibiotics. I felt let down and ready to die. I knew I was in for a painful sleepless night. But was told I needed to let the antibiotics work.

Conclusion: I would take the following before the operation; Uva Ursi is a tincture which helps with UTI’s and also arnica is very good for healing the wounds. But nobody told me about the risk of UTI till I got it. Now it is 5 weeks since and I am on the road to recovery and hope that I can help someone prepare themselves better!

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Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Transformational counsellor, coach and women's health advocate. Professionally I'm an information scientist who specialises in change management, culture change and adoption of digital technologies in large enterprises and organisations. I am a writer and author of nine books to date, and I've edited a further seven; phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

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3 Responses

  1. UTI’s are really common post hysterectomy in fact it’s more common to have one than not 🙂

  2. Sue says:

    Hi im 3 weeks into my recovery after lapascopic hysterectomy. But im now suffering with a uti I think , awaiting test results.I thought I was well on the road to recovery ! Will take antis and see , has anyone else experienced this ? From sue

  3. Kimberlee says:

    Thanks for sharing. I am feeling for you that you have suffered so. I am facing the surgery, and have just gotten over a uti of several months duration. I can’t tolerate antibiotics, and the greatest fear I have had is that they will hook me up to some or give me another infection, which will make me go insane again. So, I will definitely be prepared before hand. Unless I am able to wiggle out of the whole thing somehow. We’ll see. Blessings to you.

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