Hey nik - I've still been playing around with probiotics and folic acid, I guess I can say that things are better but the problem is still there. I also thought that maybe the itching could be due to the hair there (I keep it short, so maybe it irritates the labia). Oddly enough, my last culture came back negative, so maybe the issue just comes and goes. So we'll see. What have you been doing?
Since all of this started I went on a heavy dosage of cleartract (15 pills/day), but they didnt seem to do anything. Im continuing acidophilus, 2 pills a day, those worked a few years ago when I needed them. Im taking some uristat type of antibiotics and bactrim, along with my usual vitamins and birth control. I feel like my stomach is a big sea of liquid and pills sometimes.
All I can say is I am so sick of pills by now, and am FURIOUS at my general prac. doc!! After having BV and a UTI at the same time, I couldnt get immediately in touch w/my gyno so I went to my g.p. He gave me 3 antibiotics, did a urinalysis and pap smear, and sent me on my way. Two weeks later, everything seemed to heal up and be fine. (All the while I've been popping fem-d). All of a sudden, this crazy burning sensation hit me one day and everything flared up within a few hours, along with incredible lower back pain.
I was so freaked out, I went back to my g.p. and he said there was nothing he could do!! He gave me another prescription, but told me to se my gyno, so I made an appmt for the next week. A few days later I saw blood in my urine and moved up my appointment, agreeing to see my gynos partner instead of him.
She gave me a pap and told me to moisturize my vag. That's it. Argh!
The pain didnt subside, it got worse, and I was feeling dizzy and nauseous, and after all the antibiotics I couldnt even tell what it was from. I called him up crying and went back to the office to see him the next day.
End result: He did a pap and a sonagram and a urinalysis. Saw nothing in the sonogram, but gave me some pain pills, recognizing something was wrong. After my symptoms and looking at the meds, he called up my g.p. right in front of my to find out the details of my first urinalysis over a month ago, and guess what! THERE WAS BLOOD IN MY URINE OVER A MONTH AGO! That should have been a huge clue something was wrong since I was nowhere near my period, but he admitted that it was a small amount so he saw no need to tell me!!
So my gyno sat down with me and stated based on my symptoms I have either 1: kidney infection (mostlikely) 2: kidney stones (if the pain comes back), or 3: other undiagnosed.
And to put icing on the cake, my gyno had to switch my antibiotics, b/c according to the urinalysis, all of the antibiotics my g.p. gave me were non-reactive to the bacteria, and he switched me to one that it was sensitive to. That was something he should have noticed and done earlier, avoiding this mess.
Needless to say (after all this, I'm sorry it's so long), after being on the new antibiotics, I feel 90% better, which is absolutely thrilling. I was amazed when it didnt hurt to pee and when my back pain subsided.
And I'll never forget what a dear friend told me when I was feeling my worst: Don't let them fool you into thinking you're wrong, or crazy. You know your body.
I'm getting a new G.P. Hugs to everyone dealing with this crap!!