Hello! Sort of new, off the boat. I have been in Taiwan for 2.5 months now, teaching English. Recently developed a UTI, urinary Tract Infection.
This was 3 weeks ago. I live out in the boonies in Sanxia, but thankfully we have a hospital nearby. Not sure how recommended it is…given recent events I will explain further on.
Went to the ER for this 3 weeks ago because my teaching hours are off the wall-weird and I don’t have time to walk 30 minutes (bus takes just as long), navigate the numbers and system, and wait around for my appointment. Nobody spoke english in the receptionist area and some western guy helped me find my way from the Chinese Medicine Hospital to the ER. That was very helpful. His Taiwanese friend saw that I was utterly flummoxed as to why I was in a dentist/chinese medicine hospital and took me to her friend who could speak English.
Anyways, the ER visit wasn’t TOO long. I waited for an hour, which sounds like it may actually be pretty good compared to other hospitals in Taipei. I was seen for 5 minutes. The doctor did not test my urine, just asked questions. I was confused then, when he prescribed me medication (for 3 days, sigh!!!) Without a culture taken…because antibiotic resistance, right???
Well I took this darn medication and it made me sick almost every night, but I plugged through. I returned later to an actual appointment to receive the rest if the prescription. I found this annoying because like I said, I really don’t have time to wander around the hospital… I also don’t know the hours if operation, which may help with this lack of time…
Suffice it to say, the meds did not work. I noticed pain returning after about day 5 but still plugged through because it was on and off. 3 weeks later, it became FLARING so I returned.
The moment I step into the appointment, the doctor recieved a phone call and proceeded to take this phonecall in the middle of our conversation. I had been explaining my symptoms and woooop, phone call. It was weird.
Then he kept asking me if it burns when I “peepee”…the language barrier was a little rough because I couldn’t get him to understand that this UTI never went away, that I had had flare-ups. He wanted to prescribe me the exact same medication that didn’t work. And I said NO because all in all, it made me sick. A lot. So he prescribed something else.
They finally DID take a test of my urine, but I won’t find out for another week. I still don’t understand giving people antibiotics BEFORE knowing the outcome of the bacteria or resistance…
Also nobody checked to see what current medication I am taking. So of course, ai hopped on the web to check the medication he gave me. Moxifloxacin.
Everywhere I look, even scientific articles, they state that moxifloxacin is not recommended for uti’s. Like, specifically, not recommended. They are not FDA approved due to the fact that they don’t work with the urinary system, in vivo from what I have read. They have little success.
Can someone pls tell me why the hell this guy prescribed me medication that does not work for the illness I have, when there are about 10 other ones that would work better? Also I have read that rare but serious side effects outweigh the benefits of this medication.
I mean…come ON. Are there any other experiences out there or recommendations for people? Is this common? Should I be less concerned than I am? I have taken 3 doses ans still have pain in the back, bladder, and when I pee.