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I'm a 20 year old woman with no other health problems.
My issues first started when I was about 8 years old when there was blood in my urine and it hurt to go. I had a kidney infection which was treated and since then and the age of 16 I've had 2 or 3 UTI's which antibiotics have treated.
When I was 16 I became sexually active and started to get pain after urination. I was put on antibiotics for it and since then have always urinated after intercourse. But would still get the burning sensation after urination every so often.
However it's been three months now and the symptoms haven't gone away. I've been put on 3 different types of antibiotics. All tests have shown negative for infections and samples have been sent to the lab but still not infection and my doctor said everything looks perfect. I've also tested negative for all STI's.
At this stage my doctor told me I will just have to live with it, there is nothing more they could do.
In the past 3 weeks I've also developed a constant urge to urinate even when I don't need to pass anything. It's so strong that I haven't been sleeping and is starting to cause a lot of stress and effect me in all aspects of my life. I also have cramps kind of similar to menstrual cramps but don't have my period. I'm not sure if these could be from me subconsciously trying to hold in the urine because of the pain caused by it?
I saw a different doctor today who referred me to a gynaecologist because it could be endometriosis but he was not sure because that wouldn't explain the superficial burning after urination. He was going to give me medication for overactive bladder but then that wouldn't have anything to do with the pain. I'm on the waiting list no see the
gynaecologist but he said it will probably be
a year before I'm seen.
I really can't live like this for a year. The pain I am used to and can put a hot water bottle between my legs at night which helps a bit. But the constant feeling that I have a full bladder is too much and makes me so uncomfortable I don't know how I'll manage with it for a year and after the year still have no guarantee it will get better.
I've tried changing my diet, cutting out intercourse, drinking more water and cutting out all sugars, preservatives and food colouring but nothing I do helps.
Please if anyone has been through something like this and knows something that worked for you or someone you know please let me know! I'll try anything I just can't continue like this. I've suffered with severe depression in the past due to a traumatic event and I'm starting to feel down in ways I haven't since that time. Anything would be so appreciated,
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