Thank you so much Wombat! I have been gathering some of the info on Cipro, etc. to show to my family. They just have such a hard time believing that anything a doctor prescribes can be dangerous. (sigh.)
Last night I took a lot of oregano oil, olive leaf and raw garlic, and tons of water. Just before bed I made a castor oil pack, added 2 opened capsules of oregano oil, and secured the whole thing across my back, just above the kidneys. Somehow I was able to sleep all night without disrupting it, so hopefully some castor oil and oregano oil penetrated into the area. Oh, and my dad came over and did acupuncture on me (and tried to convince me to take the Cipro at the same time!). I do feel somewhat better today. I took a ton of probiotics this morning, and later on some Iodine (not a ton, probably 6 drops of the half-strength Lugols), selenium, and also some apple cider vinegar. I'm just trying everything!
Your question about what made me finally go in to get this treated is an interesting one and makes me realize that maybe my doc actually doesn't even know for certain what's going on with me. Here's a quick summary:
For the past 20 years or so, since I was a teenager, I have suffered from UTIs, bladder infections and sometimes kidney infections, like many women. (I think this all started with some sexua| abuse I experienced as a teen, but that's taking it to a deeper level, and not necessarily critical to solving it now.) Anyways, for years I just dutifully went into the doctor every few months and got my prescription of Antibiotics to knock back the infections. After a while I realized that this was not solving the problem, and when I became involved in healthy eating/lifestyle, I learned that Antibiotics are dangerous drugs and didn't want to continue with that pattern.
For the last 5 years or so I've been able to keep the infections away with what I would call hygiene methods: bathing/showering a lot, drinking water and peeing before and after sex, not having tons of sex in the first place, not drinking alcohol much if at all, not using fabric softeners or scented detergents, etc. I've also used d-mannosse and herbs with some success too. But I guess my whole urinary tract is just very susceptible to these problems after all these years, because even using the hygiene methods, I still get irritation a lot. Having sex or even wearing tight jeans often causes me to get a little mini-UTI. However, I can normally solve that with tons of water and d-mannosse and herbs like uva ursi, etc.
For the last 2 years I have not had lots of symptoms except for the usual irritation/tenderness from time to time, and two symptoms which I guess I was ignoring because I didn't know what to make of them: smelly urine and consistent diarrhea. I finally decided to use a home UTI test kit from Walmart, and the result came back positive for nitrites and slightly positive (trace) for leukocytes.
Based on just this information, my doctor told me that I had a kidney infection and should take the Cipro. She never did a urinalysis or any other test herself. Now I am thinking that since I don't have fever or any other signs of a severe infection, perhaps this is just the same old problem I've always had, albeit maybe settled in my kidneys.
I would love to treat this naturally and not have to take Antibiotics . I will take your advice and go over to Uny's forum and copy and paste this history and see what she suggests.
You are really great Wombat. I was at the end of my rope, between almost poisoning myself with the salt (lol), and my family pushing me to take the Cipro. Talking with someone who understands my perspective and has useful advice has been so wonderful. Thank you soooooo much!