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Old 04-29-2015, 11:15 AM   #1
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If I go in for a UTI, and the Doctor detects Ketones

Is that a bad thing? Pretty sure I have an UTI, and am also in ketosis. Just wondering if I need to tell him up front that he will see ketones in the test? or if they really don't care about those . . .
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:03 PM   #2
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My mom's had a couple uti's while in ketosis. None of her docs have ever said anything.
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Old 04-29-2015, 01:33 PM   #3
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Just tell him you're doing a ketogenic diet. Otherwise they will find ketones alarming.
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:44 PM   #4
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No, if they ask tell them you are LC dieting.
Sorry, I have been plagued with UTIs and they are awful. Get in and get seen.

I will say that since I started taking Cranberry twice a day, it's helped me a lot. I take the pills as a preventive.
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:10 PM   #5
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Ugh. I'm having this right now, too, and I actually used a dipstick at work today to see if I needed to go to Urgent Care. (one of the benefits of being a nurse, lol) Proud to say that my ketones were DARK purple. I've been wondering, actually. I don't do any of the monitoring, just follow approximate macros, so to see evidence of it was cool. Not so cool was the leukocytes, blood, and too high pH. Thank goodness for antibiotics that still work.

So I was reading somewhere about taking relatively high doses of Vitamin C daily to keep the urine acidic to prevent recurrent UTIs. Makes sense to me, as it is water-soluble like B vitamins, and whatever your body doesn't use gets flushed. Anyone heard of this?
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:50 PM   #6
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My doctor does a urinalysis any time I go in for a physical. The first year I was on a LCHF diet, she questioned the fact that there were ketones in my urine. When I explained I was following a LC diet, she just made a note in my chart and never brought it up again.
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Old 04-29-2015, 07:58 PM   #7
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Ok - thank you!! I didn't go in . . . yet. I have a feeling I am going to regret that come the middle of the night!
I did go buy cranberry pills and took one, and I know I have some old and probably expired pee numbing pills in my bathroom cabinet.
I do work at the hospital tomorrow, so if it is bad in the morning, at least I am there!
I also have a full prescription in my cupboard of Cefalexin (Kfex) from a year ago (was prescribed it and took one, then ended up in the hospital for 17 days with a critical infection and a PICC line for 7 weeks - so diff antibiotics.
I am so tempted to just take them . . .
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:21 PM   #8
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Ok - thank you!! I didn't go in . . . yet. I have a feeling I am going to regret that come the middle of the night!
I did go buy cranberry pills and took one, and I know I have some old and probably expired pee numbing pills in my bathroom cabinet.
I do work at the hospital tomorrow, so if it is bad in the morning, at least I am there!
I also have a full prescription in my cupboard of Cefalexin (Kfex) from a year ago (was prescribed it and took one, then ended up in the hospital for 17 days with a critical infection and a PICC line for 7 weeks - so diff antibiotics.
I am so tempted to just take them . . .
I'm a microbiologist and I must say taking antibiotics indiscriminately like this would be a very bad idea since without proper culture you have no idea if the bacteria you have is sensitive to this particular drug. To be honest, this kind of thing has been a major contributor to the huge problem we now have with multiresistant organisms. Please see a physician ASAP as UTI will not go away on its own and will eventually become an ascending infection. Your doctor may still treat you empirically but it will at least be an educated guess. I hope you feel better soon as I know how uncomfortable you must be feeling.
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:39 PM   #9
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You can also use cranberry juice, I like to drink it but it is becoming harder to find pure. Most common is the "juice cocktail" which is a percentage of juice commonly in the low 20s, padded with sugar (and too often HFCS) water. Next is the 100% juice with no added sugar, but it is commonly a blend of juices, often with sugar content higher than the "labeled" flavor, apple is common for that trick. Finally you can eventually find 100% single juices, but expect to pay big for them. We used to get gallons of cranberry juice in glass bottles for less than current half-gallons (or smaller).
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:54 PM   #10
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Ok - thank you!! I didn't go in . . . yet. I have a feeling I am going to regret that come the middle of the night!
I did go buy cranberry pills and took one, and I know I have some old and probably expired pee numbing pills in my bathroom cabinet.
I do work at the hospital tomorrow, so if it is bad in the morning, at least I am there!
I also have a full prescription in my cupboard of Cefalexin (Kfex) from a year ago (was prescribed it and took one, then ended up in the hospital for 17 days with a critical infection and a PICC line for 7 weeks - so diff antibiotics.
I am so tempted to just take them . . .
I tried something that I think was an old wives tale: 1 Tb baking soda in 10 oz of water. I had relief from bladder spasms in about 30-45 minutes. Just a thought in case you wake up in the middle of the night!
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:57 PM   #11
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Faia, I once went in search of "low carb" pure cranberry juice for a client at the homeless shelter I volunteer at (it happened to be at midnight on Black Friday, too! Of all the times! She needed some emergency constipation relief items, as well, so off I went) - anyway, it didn't happen. Walmart had nothing pure or low sugar. At least not that night.

On induction, I reckon (lol) I better just stick with pills! :-)
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Old 04-29-2015, 08:59 PM   #12
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I tried something that I think was an old wives tale: 1 Tb baking soda in 10 oz of water. I had relief from bladder spasms in about 30-45 minutes. Just a thought in case you wake up in the middle of the night!
Thank you! I happen to have both water and baking soda in my bathroom! Rock on.

BTW, your precious Franky kitty looks so incredibly much like my Huckleberry kitty. Huck's orange spots are darker - but the hair length, fluff, hairy little feet, and face are the same!
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:09 PM   #13
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Thank you! I happen to have both water and baking soda in my bathroom! Rock on.

BTW, your precious Franky kitty looks so incredibly much like my Huckleberry kitty. Huck's orange spots are darker - but the hair length, fluff, hairy little feet, and face are the same!
You're welcome!

Huckleberry sounds like a lap kitty....oh I will bet he is a sweetie......
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:59 PM   #14
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:39 AM   #15
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Faia, I once went in search of "low carb" pure cranberry juice for a client at the homeless shelter I volunteer at (it happened to be at midnight on Black Friday, too! Of all the times! She needed some emergency constipation relief items, as well, so off I went) - anyway, it didn't happen. Walmart had nothing pure or low sugar. At least not that night.

On induction, I reckon (lol) I better just stick with pills! :-)
Juice in general is fairly high in sugar, not sure how pure cranberry would fall in that considering how tart it is. I have found that the juice cocktails at Aldi's are more likely to have actual sugar. Several name brands at other stores have HFCS.
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Old 04-30-2015, 09:17 AM   #16
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I think you need to see your doctor, but I'm going to throw this out there as a means of temporary relief:

Sit on a heating pad turned to its lowest setting. I've done this at bedtime more than once, and it helps stop the bladder cramping that would keep me awake half the night. It's not much, but it might help you get through the days until you can see your doctor.

Do also keep in mind that an untreated UTI can quickly progress to a kidney infection; something I know from painful personal experience. So get a culture and get some antibiotics asap.

Hope you feel better soon.
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Old 05-01-2015, 09:12 PM   #17
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I swore it was an UTI, except I was NOT having bladder spasms. But I had incredible vulvar pain/burning and trouble peeing.

Apparently it was the weirdest yeast infection ever. Not an UTI. So I guess that is good!
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Old 05-05-2015, 02:08 AM   #18
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Check into D-mannose pills or powder. I have only had 1 UTI that it didn't take care of.
Mine were so bad for years, but I had urethral sling surgery last year, and I've been extremely pleased with the results! Only 1 UTI since then, and that was last week.
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