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I've been dealing with some really stressful symptoms for the past two months now. It all started the day after I had an extremely stressful and unexpected event happened to me (which was preceded by a couple months of stress about another problem), so I think it may have been triggered by all that stress and anxiety. I literally woke up that morning and started experiencing the symptoms. After suffering for this long I have come to the conclusion that my pelvic floor is probably the root of my symptoms. I have been to urgent care twice (when I thought I was dealing with a UTI), and then a gynecologist, urine tests came back negative all three times but even when I was given antibiotics anyway it didn't help. Just saw a urologist for the first time, finally, yesterday. They did an ultrasound and said everything there looked fine (so I don't have a kidney stone causing the symptoms, which the gynecologist suspected), and sent a urine sample to the lab, so I haven't heard back about the sample yet but I'm sure it is negative.
My main symptom is the feeling that I need to pee literally all the time. Every second of every day I feel the urge to urinate but even after I go, I have no real relief. It wakes me up multiple times a night, only for me to pass relatively small amounts of urine. Obviously this is extremely frustrating and has had a serious negative effect on my mood and social life as well as my sleep. Plus, I am a college student and the spring semester is about to start, but going to class will be very unpleasant feeling like I have to pee the whole time.
On top of the urinary symptoms, I have been dealing with constipation this whole time as well. Before these symptoms started, I was very regular (even when I was dealing with stress - so stress isn't usually a trigger for constipation for me). I started having pretty bad constipation the same day the bladder problems began. That problem has improved somewhat since it started, but I'm still far from regular and I feel that the only reason it has gotten better is that I started eating prunes every day.
In addition, the past week or so I have noticed a bit of pain. It doesn't happen every day and usually is relatively mild, but sometimes is worse. The pain appears in my pelvic area around where my bladder is (although I don't know if the pain is in the bladder itself) when I tense the muscles down there to use the bathroom, and if I continue to push the pain gets worse and seems to spread a bit towards my rectum.
Basically, what I am hoping to find out by sharing all this information is this: To those of you reading who have dealt with pelvic floor problems, does it seem possible that pelvic floor dysfunction (or another pelvic floor issue?) could be what I am dealing with? Should I go to a urologist to try to be tested/diagnosed or would a urogynecologist be better, or another kind of specialist? And, if I am dealing with pelvic floor dysfunction, what kind of treatments have you found most helpful?
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