Thursday, March 18, 2010

Gotta Go

So about a week ago I realized that I was having the urge to "go" more often. It wasn't painful to go, but I was going much more frequently than my usual. I thought it was due to the excess water I drank prior to my blood work, but when Saturday and I was still frequently going I was beginning to get a little concerned.

When Sunday arrived, I realized that my belly was aching. I couldn't decide if it was a bladder aching pain, no gallbladder pain or some other issue. It didn't hurt when I went to the bathroom, but it was just an overall pain. I decided to sit on it the issue and wait to see how work went on Monday to decide what to do.

I rarely have to go to the bathroom when I am working. I am so busy thinking about what I have to do that I just don't even think about going. However on Monday, I was rushing to the bathroom between classes. This was about every 25 minutes for my whole day. I even had to get someone to come to a class I was covering for a lunch break to let me go to the bathroom.

It was at this time I remembered having this problem once before. It was at the beginning of my treatment and I had been diagnosed with a UTI. Though before, it was quite painful to go. So I wasn't sure exactly what was going on. I was excited though. If it was a UTI or even a simple bladder infection, I knew my treatment option could be natural.

I decided to give it one more day and then go see my health guru at the doctor's office. I grabbed my needed item and came home. I took 3 doses Tuesday night and 1 on Wednesday morning. By Wednesday afternoon, my belly no longer ached and I wasn't needing to go as often. I'm still on this natural supplement for Urinary Tract Support. I LOVE this stuff. I mean it has a somewhat sweet taste and I can take it quickly. Here it is Thursday and there seems to be no problem.

Four years ago, I would have rushed to the doc in a box. I would have paid 20 bucks and taken a urine test. I would have been given 10 days worth of antibiotics which would have made me feel lousy and gross. I also would have spent more than 20 bucks on the antibiotics. Instead, I spent 36 dollars on Mannose Powder and felt fabulous in less than 24 hours.

Now what Mannose Powder supposedly does is sticks to the bacteria in the bladder and Urinary Tract. Then when you go to the bathroom, the Mannose Powder causes the bacteria flushes out with the urine. My first 4 doses I used 1/2 teaspoon in a little bit of water. Now I'm on 1/4 teaspoons 3 times a day and hopefully I won't have a problem any time soon.

I LOVE alternative medicine. Who would have thunk it?


Pete, Alison and Charlie said...

When a gal's gotta go, a gal's gotta go! Glad you're feeling better - there's a lot to be said for alternative remedies! x

Jennifer said...

Yeah. Exactly.

Been thinking and praying about Charlie and his upcoming surgery.

Kara said...

gotta tell my Mom about this one. She's had bladder problems off and on for as long as I can remember. They can go away for 10 years and then all of a sudden resurface. She's had a string of bladder infections the last 6 months. Thanks for the reminder about the d-Mannose! :-)