My Name is Nadya, I'm 29 years old, have no children and live a fairly healthy lifestyle (no drugs, non-smoker, little alchohol) I exercise regularly and am not overweight or suffering from any medical conditions except one.
It started 6 years ago when I had a bout of cystitis that not only didn't go away but changed in symptoms over time for 2 years. I had feelings of urgency to go to the toilet, a feeling like a hard lump in my bladder, an extremely sensitive urethra and lower bladder and clitoris, discomfort and aggrivation of symptoms during and after sex.
I had some ultrasounds which all looked normal. Iwent to a urologist who gave me a muscle relaxant and painkillers which helped slightly for a short period. A friend suggested it may be endometriosis- I was getting vaginal pain as well by this stage, probably due to tensing up during sex. I ended up having a lacoproscy and nothing unusual was found but for some reason after the surgery I went back to normal and have been fine for a few years until now.
My symptoms returned after a day at work when 3 times I was not able to get to the toilet and was forced to "hang on" for a couple of hours. That night I felt like I had cystitis with all the usual symptoms, burning, frequency etc but after the usual course of antibiotics from the GP there was no joy. I went for an ultrasound which showed I was retaining a bit of urine after going to the toilet (175ml) which I was told was not much above normal and was prescribed more antibiotics and referred to a gyno-urologist.
The Urologist was very thorough in questioning me and I gave him a full detailed history. He diagnosed me with urethritis as my pain/discomfort is entirely in the urethra and lower bladder. However I have none of the other symptoms such as discharge or burning while urination. He prescribed Sporahexal (cephalexin) one a day for 3 months. Before that I self medicated with Ciproflaxin and flagyl out of desperation.
It has been 2 and 1/2 weeks and there is no improvement whatsoever.
My current symptoms are a very sensitive urethra and lower bladder. It feels like my bladder has been taken out, given a good kicking and put back in again, it feels bruised and sore almost constantly. The only time I feel normal is when I urinate and for a few minutes after. It also feels more sensitive after I pass a stool even though I am regular and don't strain when I go. Sometimes my bladder feels a bit acidic but it's fine when I urinate. I can't drink a glass of water in one go without having the urge to go constantly straight after, I am sipping water all day instead. I have cut out acidic foods, chocolate and any tea or caffeine from my diet.
My mental state is not good, in fact to be honest I am starting to feel suicidal as I already know what this condition did for my quality of life last time. My partner is very understanding but I am constantly angry or depressed and terrified of having sex, I don't know how much longer I would want to live with someone like that so I hope he is patient. My work is also suffering, and I no longer socialise or exercise or do any other activities unless absolutely necessary.
I can take physical pain in my life, if it was just somewhere else on my body! There are many people on this forum who have much worse problems and are far stronger than I am and you have my heartfelt admiration.
BUT if anyone out there can help me out PLEASE PLEASE help!!