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alharell posted:
I got a call from the doctor the other day telling me they found I had strep in my urine after running a culture. I have never heard of this before and my sister has studied nursing and worked in doctor's offices over the years and has not heard of it either. I looked around the internet and the most I could find about it was pregnant women may get it, and I am not pregnant and have not been pregnant. Can you tell what may have caused it?

Also the nurse said I was highly contagious for the next 48 hours, 24 to go now. Exactly how am I contagious with it in my urine? Would I be contagious in the same ways if it was in my throat? My mother drank a fountain drink after me the other day before we found out exactly what was wrong with me and she is now worried she may have it.
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alharell responded:
I left out that I have never had a UTI or bladder infection before this, and the symptoms that made me go to the doctor was that it felt like there was a pressure on my bladder but it only seemed to feel like that when I laid down for sleep at night and it kept feeling like I had to urinate after urinating only minutes before. The doctor prescribed me a 10 day dose of 500mg of penicillin for the strep which I am directed to take 3 times a day.
 
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lacimae18 responded:
I have strep in my urine too. My doctor really didn't tell me much about it either. She didn't tell me I was contagious though. Make sure you take all the medicine. I never finished the medicine and this is my third time having to go back to the doctors for the same thing. It's getting old. =/
 
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aacuzi responded:
Hi I'm actually going through this same problem- I'm going to a urologist next week and i'd just like to be more informed on this- if you don't mind telling me anything you learned from this. Does this strep cause frequent urination? And how is it cause? The nurse called today and asked if i was showing signs and then she told me I had this- but i wasnt told i was contagious or anything about it.

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Ketomom responded:
Hi there. I am also interested in what any of you find out and found your posts by accident. I do happen to be pregnant and have strep in my urine--I just finished a round of anitbiotics last month but symptoms never fully went away and now I am very symptomatic again and about to start another round of meds.

This happened the exact same way the last time I was pregnant. HOWEVER, I have had multiple issues when not pregnant and am starting to believe that I have been diagnosed incorrectly with everything from yeast infections (though my symptoms didn't match and treatment didn't help), typical UTI's and cystis. I am told by my doctor that it is more common to have strep in urine during pregnancy, particularly if you've been very ill (which I was--throwing up until the 6th month) but again, I am beginning to really believe that this has not been properly treated when I'm not pregnant and I've jsut been excepting the discomfort. It is my understanding that you can be contagious but I'm not sure how its transmitted? I have strange red "slap" marks on my face and a nurse said it could be a side effect of untreated strep?? (They ruled out Fifth's Disease)

It is also very interesting that even most nurses (even at OB) don't even know you can have strep in your urine. I am wondering how common this is?
 
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stacijean responded:
how strange i just found this. i was also weirded out by this diagnosis. if its in your urine then it was in your bladder and flushed through your kidneys. i had bad kidney pains w/ recurring urges to urinate and not feeling fully empty.as a child i was constantly sick w/ strep throat. i had to be on so many anitbiotics growing up im so immune to them now. i had to be on several antibiotics during pregnancy. i was also diagnosed w/ a strep infection when i had a breakout on my face. i seem to have it everywhere all the time. even my gyno said he find it during my annual exam! i want to know what is this really doing to my body over the years!
 
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karen6940 replied to Ketomom's response:
I also was recently diagnosed as having strep in my urine. Being a nurse of 20 years I have never heard of it. Most recently I have had grand mal seizures. I wish they did a blood culture. They put me on cipro and sent me to a urologist. My biggest problem is that I could not void at first without being catheterized. Now with the seizures I am seeing a neurologist and was started on keppra. The seizure happen almost daily. Make sure that you complete all antibiotics and have your blood tested also (if you are just starting the antibiotics). Apparently strep is a bad bacteria to have in your urine or anywhere for that matter.
 
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sumomo4life responded:
I also have strep in my urine. I have had it for 3 months and it will not go away. There is blood, and puss in my urine. My side is hurting off and on pretty bad and i have frequent urination. I have finished all of the anti biotics and feel miserable constantly. It seems as if it just doens't want to go away. I am on anti biotics. There is also a brownish red dishcharge, sometimes it is yellow.


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