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Urinary Tract Infections

I was wondering if anyone else has frequent UTI's while on Crohn's medications. My doctors seem to be perplexed by my frequent UTI's, and I just keep taking antibiotics to treat them. I've had a urethra scope (very painful) but they say nothing is wrong. It's very worrisome for me. I drink tons of water and starting taking D-Mannose, a supplement that is supposed to support the urinary tract. And sometimes I test negative for the infections, but I still have the burning associated with a UTI. My GI just shrugged and said it was probably the Crohn's. I'm currently in and out of a flare. I was on Humira for a year, and it just stopped working. I'm now on Remicade and praying it will put me in remission. Does anyone else have this problem?


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I have had recurrent UTIs since college (IBD didn't come into my life until just before I turned 30, but I have had a "sensitive stomach" all my life so who knows). I don't know if there's a connection or not, but I really feel for you as UTIs are miserable. I wouldn't be surprised at all if there's a connection.

I will say that I tried D-Mannose and it made my digestive symptoms WAY worse. Much more nausea, abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhea, etc. As soon as I stopped taking D-Mannose, my gut symptoms got better and went back to my version of "normal." So be careful about taking that stuff. I now only take cranberry supplements and generic claritin for my urinary symptoms (claritin and other allergy meds can help with urgency and other bladder symptoms - I don't remember the reason why, but it really does help me).
Thanks for the information! Maybe I'll rethink the D-Manno see. And I'll try the Claritin. I never knew that it could help. Thanks again!