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I am 47 years old and I have been suffering on and off for almost two decades with bladder inflammation. Yes, on occasion I have had Urinary Tract infections....I do know what those are, but througthout the years I have questioned my pain after many negative urine cultures time after time. I have gone to the urologist on occasion and have had cystoscopies done and everything checks out OK. I thought I might have interstitial cystitis, but I am not convinced with the symptoms.
I have noticed that I get this bladder pain when I am under lots of stress(I run my own business and the insurance companies owe us a lot of money), when I don't drink enough liquids, eat spicy food, or drink too much coffee. I also like to drink red wine and if I don't hydrate enough, I get into trouble with my bladder. Sex also can trigger this, especially f i have these other factors along with it.
After I pee, I get this awful bladder spasm and I feel like hell. I can't stand this pain, and I take a couple of Pyridium and have my husband write me a presciption for a urinalysis and culture. Thank God almightly for Pyridium or I would have been dead a long time ago. After my urine culture comes back negative, I know I have to hydrate, cut down on my coffee, occasional diet coke, my wine, and no spicy food until it clears which can be as long as 1-3 weeks. Pyridium once a day becomes my best friend, although it helps my bladder pain, it makes me feel somewhat nauseous and gives me an occasional headache. I always carry with me in my purse Pyridium. I can go for a couple of years without any problems and then Wham...... back again.
I try to google my condition, but the only thing that comes up is intersitial cystitis and by reading this, I don't have this. When I get my bladder spasms, I do have urgency and frequency, but it's only because I am scarfing bottles of water to make my bladder feel better. My bladder feels better when it's full.
My husband says I should visit a urologist. Even though, I am married to a doctor, I hate going to visit one.!! I feel like nothing has been done for me in the past. I do admit that i am a bad patient, a work-aholic, and high strung all the time. Yes, i know that I have to take better care of myself at 47. I love my coffee and wine and don't want to give them up. Right now my bladder is acting up and I decided to join this patient info group to see if someone has any ideas on what I might have. At least I had the opportunity to find out that not all bladder spasms and pain is caused by bacteria. My mother took antibiotics all of the time thinking she had a UTI. Most of the time she did, but now I am sure that maybe a UTI was not always the case.
I have always considered myself to be a strong and healthy women and I do not like to complain about my health like so many people do but I am interested in hearing if anyone else feels like I do.
I will be more than grateful for any feedback.
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