Post # 16
I really hope this doesn’t worry you but just want to urge you to get this checked out properly, with a cystoscopy if possible. Around a year ago I was diagnosed with bladder cancer, and I’m just so glad I finally went for a proper test to work out what was going on (my doctor had told me it was nothing, my symptoms were quite mild and came and went, it’s very rare for a young woman to have bladder cancer etc) as I’m certain it would have been a lot worse if I’d put off investigating even longer.
Its really unlikely that it is bladder cancer, which is really rare for younger women to get, and there are many more likely causes as PPs have mentioned above. But my only symptom was the occasional stabbing pain you describe, and I now really feel like it’s better safe than sorry.
The cystoscopy (camera up your urethra to check your bladder) itself was painless (thanks anaesthetic) though weird and there was only a tiny bit of stinginess afterwards, less than with a uti!
Post # 17
I’m kind of going through the same thing. I went to a urogynecologist and they tested me for everything including Save-The-Date Cards and nothing. She told me sometimes it takes people months to get over a UTI (the infection itself is gone but the symptoms could linger for months). I have another appointment next month so we’ll see what happens next.
Post # 18
newbee592 : sexually transmitted diseases. Def wasn’t tested for save the date cards lol
Post # 19
This is a good article about doctors not taking womens pain seriously. If you google you can find a lot more.
Post # 20
So agree about women’s pain not being taken seriously, in fact I’m doing research on it at the moment and it’s just staggering. ‘The girl that cried pain’ is a great article and includes pelvic/gyny/bladder pain being disbelieved, undertreated and underinvestigated.
I realise having bladder cancer as a woman in my 20s is rare, but it can happen. If anyone reading this is having persistent worrying symptoms that can not be ruled out with other tests, find a doctor who will listen you and please get checked. I’m cancer free now (wooo!) but may not have been in the tumours had gone further into the muscle lining which would have happened if I’d left it for a long time. Not trying to worry anyone but wish I’d had this advice in the past x