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Cystitis hell

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Canyoudigityesyoucan · 08/09/2022 23:47

On holiday with the beginnings of quite awful cystitis…I’ve drunk the hotel room dry of bottled water and used my only cystitis sachet brought from home….. Sleeping DP and DC next to me and I’m in agony. No idea what to do now, except drink the tap water and pray, anyone have any great at home remedies?)!

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Mysteryuser · 08/09/2022 23:58

Where are you on holiday? Can you get to a pharmacy or ooh doctor?

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user1473878824 · 09/09/2022 00:04

If you’ve got a bath run a warm one and sit in that. Only way I could wee without screaming the last time I had it badly. DP is straight off to a pharmacy for you first thing!

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MagicMatilda · 09/09/2022 00:07

Water!!! Flush it out but obviously need to weigh up if tap water is ok but probably the lesser evil right now…cystitis is no fun!

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ExHProblem · 09/09/2022 00:16

Paracetamol. Warm bath. Drink 1tsp Bicarb of soda in a glass of water as it neutralises the urine in the same way the sachets do (but please Google this to double check any risks!) Not sure how you’ll find the bicarb in a hotel room though! Ask reception/kitchen staff?

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adamanti · 09/09/2022 00:32

If you see out if the UK there will be a normal health service. Just go to the nearest polyclinic or pharmacy. If you are in the UK, sorry for you.

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Whadayaknow · 09/09/2022 01:23

Poor you, it’s awful. If you are in pain you should prob see a healthcare professional….

Water is the best short term, to flush out your bladder, if it’s serious that won’t do it though.

Pharmacists in Spain/France/Italy/Greece have more power than in the UK and can give you antibiotic sachets if you ask nicely, at their discretion. Only do this if you have taken them before and can compare the contents of the UK brand to the ones they have, so you have no adverse reactions! In Spain the brand name is Monurol for example.

if you are in the EU and you bagged yourself a free blue emergency insurance card for emergencies before Brexit that is still valid you can call the non-emergency line, like 111 here, or speak to a local pharmacist and they can usually put you in touch with an English speaking doctor for no fee who can prescribe it.

If you have travel health insurance of any kind they can do the same, you might have to pay cash for the appointment and prescription first then get it reimbursed after, make sure the doctor acknowledges that on the receipt. One-off private gp or gyno fees range around €100, might be worth it.

If you are not in Europe, call the local consulate, it’s free and they are usually happy to help. They have heard and seen it all so don’t be embarrassed.

Also bicarbonate is not so used on the continent as baking styles are different, you might find it in the cleaning section or at a pharmacy, but check it’s ok for ingestion not just scrubbing.

Enjoy your holiday and ask your husband for help! Don’t leave it until the weekend.

Sorry that was a lot. I’ve wet my pants from cystitis, have since learnt to spot the very early symptoms and to drink water like I drink wine, so the patronising advice is lovingly given!

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PixieLaLa · 09/09/2022 01:38

Warm bath tonight and pharmacy for antibiotics in the morning, hope your feeling better soon!

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Caiti19 · 09/09/2022 01:54

Squeeze juice from a large orange or two - enough to fill 8 ounce glass. Add 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar into it. Stir. Neck it.

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Toomanybooks22 · 09/09/2022 02:14

If you can get it d-manose is very good as a powder or tablets. I would combine with vitamin C tablets or drinks. I've had cystitis/ UTIs on and off for a while but urology consultants have recommended vit c and d-manose together and they help a lot (also act as a preventative too). If you see no improvement within a few days I would go to a doctor if you can because a UTI can very easily spread to a kidney infection so watch out for temperatures and increased blood pressure.

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Canyoudigityesyoucan · 09/09/2022 06:05

Thank you all for your advice, I opted to drink the water in the bathroom and do what I can to flush it out. No bath but found standing in shower helped. I’m waiting for the pharmacy to open- we are in Greece to get as much as I can, nothing in the hotel shop!

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Twiglets1 · 09/09/2022 06:16

Canyoudigityesyoucan · 09/09/2022 06:05

Thank you all for your advice, I opted to drink the water in the bathroom and do what I can to flush it out. No bath but found standing in shower helped. I’m waiting for the pharmacy to open- we are in Greece to get as much as I can, nothing in the hotel shop!

If the pharmacy can’t help then tell your hotel receptionist you would like to see a doctor. I would have done this last night tbh - hotels can always get doctors out to guests that need them or get you a quick appointment. I’ve had cystitis before, it’s horrible and I ended up needing antibiotics which cleared it up very quickly.

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Kittykat93 · 09/09/2022 06:19

Do not drink cranberry juice or orange juice for acute cystitis (as per pp suggestion)! Sodium citrate sachets will make you more comfortable the quickest in my experience, also a hot water bottle or heat pack if possible or sit in a warm bath (with no bubble bath in). Cystitis is vile you have my sympathies

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Mizmerise · 09/09/2022 06:20

Hang on for the pharmacy. Don’t know if Greek pharmacies are any good, but I’ve had hellish cystitis in Spain and the USA and both countries had better over/the-counter treatments tan in the UK.

Tell hotel reception you need a doctor as soon as you can, though. I don’t know what your cystitis experiences have been previously, but mine never clears up on its own even if OTC remedies calm the symptoms down. You probably need an antibiotic.

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Winglessvulture · 09/09/2022 06:25

I feel your pain! Currently suffering due to either passing a kidney stone or UTI not responding to antibiotics, and it is such a miserable experience.

I hope you are able to get to a pharmacy or Dr soon and get some relief.

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Gillyx · 09/09/2022 06:33

Another vote for waterfall d-mannose but I don’t know if you’ll find it where you are. I order online from a website called sweet cures, and then at the first sign of cystitis I take it and it clears. I know this doesn’t help much now but might for next time. Cranberry juice doesn’t help just lots of water like others have said! Hope you feel better soon

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Ccoffee · 09/09/2022 07:04

Please be careful with your water intake. I was in the same situation, downed pint after pint of water and ended up for 3 days ona drip in hospital with water intoxication, which can kill.

Try to get to a doctor asap for antibiotics.

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Canyoudigityesyoucan · 09/09/2022 07:12

I’ve asked the hotel for a doctor, pharmacy only had the sachets of which I’ve already had one because I brought it along in my emergency medical kit (even though I’ve not had cystitis for YEARS) and am waiting to hear from them. We fly home tomorrow so hoping I can get this sorted before sitting on a 4 hour flight 😫

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Twiglets1 · 09/09/2022 08:53

Canyoudigityesyoucan · 09/09/2022 07:12

I’ve asked the hotel for a doctor, pharmacy only had the sachets of which I’ve already had one because I brought it along in my emergency medical kit (even though I’ve not had cystitis for YEARS) and am waiting to hear from them. We fly home tomorrow so hoping I can get this sorted before sitting on a 4 hour flight 😫

I'm glad you've asked for a doctor. It is the best thing honestly. They will be able to prescribe you antibiotics and I felt a lot better within a day when I started taking antibiotics for cystitis.

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Montana1612 · 09/09/2022 08:58

Try to hold off going to for a wee for as long as possible each time even if you are climbing the walls feeling like your bladder will explode. The more often you go the more inflamed you’ll feel. If you can hold it off for an hour each time whilst drinking loads of water it will mean you have a full bladder each time and properly flush everything out.

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raffegiraffe · 09/09/2022 20:06

Pour warm water on your bits from a cup when you wee. I get loads of cystitis and it's hell. This post has reminded me to take D mannose on upcoming holiday

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alseb · 11/09/2022 00:00

I was recently on holiday in Italy and was able to buy some amazing cranberry tablets from a pharmacy which worked wonders!

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oviraptor21 · 11/09/2022 00:07

I hope you are OK now OP.
I always take a small number of potassium citrate tablets on holiday with me. Never had to use them on holiday but I know they give very fast relief and if it doesn't do the trick completely then I can go to the GP in the next day or two.

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Scianel · 11/09/2022 00:11

This might sound insane but raw garlic. I literally chew up a clove and swallow. It seems to bring things under control.

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sagalooshoe · 11/09/2022 00:17

Ibuprofen!

On top of everything else your trying too. It kills the discomfort.

Hope youre ok. It's the worst worst feeling.

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