- 3 years ago
A little backstory: as a kid, I had a bladder infection or UTI every few months it seemed. From about 6-10 years old they were a constant worry. I started going to biofeedback appointments and doing keggles, and they did the trick. The doctor taught me to empty completely, never hold it if I could help it, and drink lots of water.
Fast forward to now, in my mid-twenties, I seem to be having UTI-like symptoms. All of a sudden I get “twinges” as I call them, and know the urethral pain is about to start, and I get pelvic pain. Usually I can take Cystex for a few days and be fine after completely flushing my system.
It seems to be pretty frequent now that I’m with my fiance, and have been for the last year. I am really good about using the bathroom after sex, and showering really well (no soaps, just water down there). I am not totally convinced intercourse is a trigger because other times, I’ve had UTIs after extensive travel (like transcontinental flights), and less than ideal situations (like below).
Most recently I had to spend several hours outside in tight jeans on a hot day during work. I was wearing a tampon at the time. I tried draining two Nalgenes of water in that period of time, knowing that something bad could happen and my pain could be triggered, but to no avail.
I’m starting to really not be ok with how often this has happened to me in my life. I am miserable when it happens, I sit for hours in the tub, refreshing my water so it’s near scalding (the only thing that helps until the meds kick in), and find that my life is thrown out of whack when this happens. I’ve had enough!
The situation currently: I have been taking AZO and Cystex for a few days now, and had to call in sick to work this morning because of the pain. I have an appointment at the doctor today, so I will see if a UTI is what we’re talking about. I worry though that I might have one of those conditions that mimicks the symptoms of a UTI but is never caused by yeast or bacteria.
My questions are as follows:
- If you’re UTI prone, or know the kind of pain I am going through, what kind of things are your triggers? How do you avoid them?
- My fiance and I are thinking about kids at one point. I worry that a vaginal birth might prove problematic for me, as I’ve heard incontinence can be an issue after a vaginal birth. Can vaginal childbirth exacerbate my symptoms? Are there doctors out there who’ll perform c-sections based on my medical history with UTIs?