Post # 1
And I’m trying not to get too terrified. I’ve basically been in pain around my bladder for over two months. It hurts sometimes when I use the restroom, and I’ve been on three different forms of antibiotics but nothing has helped. It generally feels like someone is punching me in the bladder.
Please, just reassure me that trying to get rid of this chronic pain won’t be something scary. I’ve been having problems with my anxiety lately and I really want to get better. But I’m scared of being scoped, and I hope that my doctor is a female (though unlikely) because men freak me out. I also really hope my Fiance can come with me.
Any words to ease my fears?
Post # 3
Anyone been to a urologist?
Post # 4
@SweetRose2011: I’ve had lots of issues with kidney stones. So I see a urologist regularly. I remember being really scared too, and to be honest, the first doctor I saw weirded me out at first. However, in my experience, it is a much more relaxed atmosphere. They do a lot of stuff with ultrasounds. What are you worried about? Do you have specific questions.
Post # 5
@mwitter80: Well, I’m just worried about being uncomfortable if they scope me. And I’m also worried that it’s going to be awkward if my doctor is a man.
I think I’m just worried that if I’ve been in pain this long it could be something I’ll have to change my diet to get better.
Post # 6
@SweetRose2011: All of those are valid concerns. You do have control over one of them though. Make sure you make an appt with a woman.
Post # 7
I’m sorry this is still a problem for you and I know it totally sucks-been there myself. Did you do any research on IC yet? I really do think there is a very good chance that is the problem. But if it is, don’t freak! It can be treated and you will feel better when you get a diagnois, regardless of the issue. Then you can at least take some action.
By The Way, my urologist was a man and he was awesome. And I normally only go to women doctors but I would rather have the best, man or woman:) Please feel free to PM me if want.
Post # 8
@SweetRose2011: I agree on finding a woman if that is something that concerns you. They ARE out there.
Try and not think about it too much from now till then. Alot of times when we don’t know whats wrong we make it ALOT worse than it really is. Just try and relax… and be happy that even if you have to get scoped that it’s a step to getting you BETTER! =D
Post # 9
@SweetRose2011: I definitely understand where you are coming from, chronic pain is fairly terrifying and can cause/amp up anxiety like none other. I have chronic health conditions, and when I am really down about one, thinking about how it will never change, I am always reminded about how things were 1, 2, or 5 years ago. Things can always get better if you make them a priority (no, it’s not easy, but we have to just do our best every day). No, they can’t all be solved and cured, but I have no doubt getting checked out is absolutely the first step to alleviating your extreme discomfort.
I, too, saw a male urologist a while back who was a really caring, amazing doctor. And I’ve had some awful female docs, so try not to let gender jade your opinion and do your best to relax. They see this, literally, every day. Additionally, I’ve had a cystoscopy (not sure if that’s what you’re having), but it was really only about one minute of discomfort. Not great, but completely manageable.
Best of luck! I know it must be really tough right now, but things WILL get better!
Post # 10
Up until about two weeks ago I was going to BE a Urologist, so I can tell you that they’re good peeps 🙂 You’re right, chances are you’ll get a guy, but don’t be nervous – they do this stuff ALL day.
Also, just to prepare yourself, you will probably get scoped. If you’re having that much discomfort they’re gonna wanna take a look in there and get some cells. Good luck! And if you have any Qs about Urology stuff in general feel free to PM me.
Post # 11
I know it’s hard but I’ve been to a few urologists and none of them scoped me when I was awake. I did have to have surgery because one of my kidneys wasn’t draining properly. I would assume that a female nurse would probably be the one to prep you if you did need to have a cytoscopy just like a female nurse is always in the room during a pelvic examwith a male doctor.
I agree with one of the PP that your might have IC. It is pretty painful.
Feel better soon!