So after 48 hours, I still have no pain... Just a lot of pressure still in my entire stomach and lots of gas. I guess that's Benzo Belly? I don't know, I'm bloated all the time now. I can't help but think that the bloated feeling is sort of pushing on my bladder and causing me to feel as if I have a UTI.
As far as the AZO test shows, it is very accurate, yes, but I've read that most people will always show a "trace" amount. For me, that's what I've seen for 2 days and it's not a definite positive. It's supposed to be as accurate as one done at the doctor. (I currently have no medical insurance to have tests done)
As far as antibiotics go, I have Amoxicillin, but I am hesitant to take something that MAY affect my recovery (to me, that's any antibiotic - there's always a chance). I know Amoxicillin seems to be one of the safer ones that people don't report as many problems with, but I still can't help to think that I DON'T have an infection. If this "bladder pressure" is possibly a symptom of withdrawal, why should I even chance taking an antibiotic as a preventative and risk a set back or other symptoms such as yeast infections and the like? If Cipro and Bactrim are the 2 most commonly prescribed antibiotics for UTI's, and both are seriously questionable (Cipro is super strong & can cause nerve damage and Bactrim supposedly excites the central nervous system???) to take during Benzo withdrawal, what's left as an option if you DO have the infection?
I purchased something last night called Clear Tract which is a D-Mannose supplement. It's an all-natural alternative to antibiotics (no side effects whatsoever and is stronger than cranberry), used for UTI treatment and prevention. It can be purchased online thru Amazon (read reviews) or Vitacost.com - I got it at Whole Foods. I will keep everyone posted as it is supposed to provide relief within 48 hours and has about a 90% success rate. It's supposed to work even on a full infection with pain/burning, not just the onset of one.
If this turns out to work, I think this would be a Godsend alternative for Benzo sufferers who can't take antibiotics because of potential side effects/interactions and who may have, or are getting a UTI. Not to mention frequent UTI sufferers who become resistant to antibiotics, or those who want to take a natural approach.
God, I hope this works!!!