What to do if you suspect a cUTI
- If you suspect you have a cUTI, the first thing to do is collect copies of all your MSU reports (positive and negative) from your GP’s office. This will allow you to see for yourself if you have unnoticed indicators of infection, such as white blood cells (leukocytes), elevated epithelial cells and any comments under bacterial growth.
- Compile all medical reports relative to your bladder condition and keep everything together in a folder.
- Educate yourself on cUTI and become familiar with the terminology and how the condition manifests. If you have to convince your GP to refer you to a clinic specialising in cUTI, it will be easier if know what you’re talking about and you can point out discrepancies in your previous tests. Look in the Research section here of this website and explore other informational websites such as:
– IC Resource Center
– Chronic UTI Australia
– Live UTI Free
- Book a double appointment with your GP so you have time to discuss your history and the information you’ve learned about cUTI. Take along all your test results and highlight the information you want your doctor to pay attention to. Print out the information in the ‘Facts for GPs’’ section of this website and hand this over to your doctor. Reiterate to them that MSU cultures and dipsticks are scientifically proven to miss 50% of infections and maybe they’ve been missing yours.
- Insist on a referral to a specialist cUTI clinic, such as the LUTS clinic at the Whittington Hospital.
If your doctor refuses to refer you, please contact us