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I used to be a coffee drinker and not so much of a water drinker (bad for me, I know). After a two or three days of drinking 3 cups of coffee a day and not much else back in October I noticed that my urgency to use the bathroom didn't go away after I actually went. I thought it was the coffee and stopped drinking it but it didn't go away. After several days it had actually become pretty bad, and thinking I had a UTI I went to the doctor. My tests all came back clean, and she said that it sounded like I had cystitis, to drink 5-7 thermoses of water a day, take some AZO, and contact her in a week if things weren't better. They really weren't better in a week, although it wasn't as distractingly uncomfortable. I messaged her and she encouraged me to continue drinking water and practicing kegels, which I did. The kegels seemed to irritate me in the short term but help in the longterm. I eventually cut back on the water some, and reintroduced decaf coffee around December. I haven't touched caffeine or citrus drinks since October. I'm still drinking 3-5 glasses of water a day, but it seems to be making a resurgence over the past several days. It's the same feeling of severe urgency. I have no incontinence, no burning with urination, but I do have burning afterwards. This is very embarrassing but it honestly feels like my urethra is burning. It is affecting my sleep and my sex life. I am young (23) and I am very discouraged. I don't want to deal with this discomfort for the rest of my life, which seems to be the case if it's IC. I don't want to have to choose between the discomfort of inflammation and the discomfort of constantly needing to go to the bathroom from chugging water all the time. I don't want to never be able to go to a nice coffeeshop with friends. I want to be able to have sex with my husband without it causing a flareup. Sorry if this is too personal but I wanted to get an online opinion before I scheduled another appointment. The doctor told me if I went back in I would be referred to a urologist, which is a lot of stress I would really rather not hassle with, but its looking more and more like I won't have a choice.
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