Continued bladder discomfort (TMI)

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Look up interstitial cystitis.   I am pretty sure I had this (self diagnosed tho, my annoying doc thought my pain was in my head, wtf) until I went off the pill.  It can be hormonal. My worst pain was right before my period every month. Hope you feel better soon!  

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Hi Bee, if you have had a lot of infections, it’s possible you have residual inflammation or even scarring that is causing your continued symptoms. Inflammation can make it feel like you have an infection, even if there is no bacteria present. We see this very frequently with patients who are getting radiation treatment for pelvic cancers… (Not your issue at all, but this is where my knowledge comes from) We always try treating it with an NSAID first (advil, ibuprofen, etc. usually 600-800 mg per day x 1 week) and it often takes care of it. You should talk to your doctor about it to see if they think that could be it. Don’t start an NSAID regimen without talking to your doctor first.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

Interstitial Cystitis – and plenty of Drs don’t pick up on that or think to do a referral. It’s truly appalling how low-ranking female-specific health problems are in the medical community.

I also dislike how she discounted your pain b/c “paranoia” – that sounds a lot like internalized sexism to me.

I would find a new GP.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I have Interstitial Cystitis and it really is a pain. It took me a while to figure out what was going on. I thought it was a UTI, but tests always came back negative for one. @eeyore2000 thanks for bringing up the hormonal connection with IC, I didn’t realize that could be a reason why I’m only annoyed by this at certain times of the month.

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Bee Keeper

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sparkosity :  This is good guess. *IF* it is correct., there’s inflammation so the standard anti-inflammatory drugs will be used, from weakest to strongest, NSAIDS to possibly systemic corticsteroids. *IF*

I would definitely see a urologist. This is what they do. 

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Helper bee

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elliebee357 :  sounds like interstitial cystitis. Marshmallow root and aloe pills can help a ton if it becomes chronic. Also benadryl and advil. It sounds like you have a lot of inflammation going on. Watch what you are eating, acid can aggravate it. 

I’ve had chronic utis my whole life. These days it’s only if I don’t take something after sex. I take grapefruit seed extract, nutribiotic brand, 2 tablets with 20 oz of water, after sex, and it doesn’t matter how kinky, I don’t get a uti.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

In the meantime, pee after sex every single time, drink water, stay away from excess carbs, try cranberry pills.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

Are you seeing a regular family practice doc or a urologist? If you’re not seeing a urologist I’d highly recommend it. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

I also say it could be interstitial cystitis. I too had it but luckily have been able to get it under control. I stay away from OJ or any juice that is too acidic, take turmeric pills daily and would eat inflammation-soothing food when it flared up.  

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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jbear310 :  just ordered turmeric pills. Thank you for that suggestion.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I have IC, as well. What helps me is taking Prelief a couple times a day (it’s an acid reducer made specifically for bladder irritation), especially before I eat/drink anything that’s high acidity. I also stopped drinking coffee, which was pretty much the hardest thing ever, but it’s helped so much. After sex, I take Cystex to help calm any bladder irritation. It also has a mild antibacterial, which helps prevent UTIs. Pyridium (either prescription or Azo) helps when I have a mild IC flare up. When I have a really bad flare up, I take half a Xanax and it helps tremendously.

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Buzzing bee

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elliebee357 :  If you want to get really proactive, you should start a food journal and follow the IC diet to the best of your ability. 

I can tell you from experience, if you go to a urologist, that’s the first thing they will ask you to do. If you’ve already done it, then you can moe quickly on to the next steps.

I went to a urologist, and he asked me to do that. When I said I already had, he immediately made me an appointment with their IC “expert.”

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