Monday Roundup: bladder stones, "The Rock" & antibiotic resistance


Fresh Start Mondays

H2O update

We’re posting up by the water cooler this week after learning that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson drinks 4 GALLONS of water each day. (If you’re rusty on your conversions, that’s 64 cups. Don’t worry, we had to google it.) This man is a poster child for hydration — and UTI prevention. And we’ll happily cheers to that.

On the other hand, our friends across the pond are far from hitting their daily intake. A third of Brits admitted they don’t drink water daily. And 20% haven’t had a single glass of water in over a WEEK. Why the dry spells? They say drinking water is “boring.” Sounds like someone needs a visit from The Rock...

Antibiotic-resistant E. coli are on the rise

In much less stellar news, a recent study found that many healthy women with no history of infections have antibiotic resistant E. coli bacteria hiding out in their guts. Researchers tested stool samples from 1,000 women displaying no UTI symptoms and 8.8% of them tested positive for fluoroquinolone resistant strains of E. coli. About a third of those women had the same strains present in their urine.

Fluoroquinolones are often prescribed for UTIs, but resistance to the drugs is growing and making new infections tougher to treat. This is a scary reality for all of us — but particularly people who struggle with chronic UTIs. The study’s authors described E. coli as “superior gut colonizers” that can live long periods of time inside the body and eventually spur an infection. As bacteria become better at outwitting modern medicine, it makes the topic of effective UTI prevention more important than ever.


A bladder stone to write home about

A woman in Chicago made a trip to the ER after experiencing severe abdominal discomfort and pain while urinating. She thought she had a UTI, but an exam revealed a grapefruit-sized bladder stone. She’d been diagnosed with a UTI 6 months prior and took a course of antibiotics, but the pain got progressively worse over the months. (No kidding, with a 4-inch lump lurking in there.) Doctors performed surgery to remove the stone, and by the sound of it, she’ll be just fine.

Bladder stones are extremely rare and more common in men — only 5% of cases occur in women. So, don’t assume the worst the next time you’re experiencing UTI symptoms. But definitely go get it checked out sooner rather than later. We’ll be avoiding grapefruit indefinitely until we can get the image of that bladder stone out of our minds.