I am having a bit of an embarassing problem lately; I've been urinating far too often and can't seem to hold anything in anymore. And I'm only 23. Intially it only happened around my cycle (often 2 to 3 days before it began), but now I seem to have it all the time. This has been going on for a litttle over 2 years now. Sometimes I urinate a lot, and sometimes I urinate a little bit.
At first my doctor thought it was an urinary tract infection. My mom made me go in for treatment even though I tried to tell her that I normally experienced an increase during my cycle. The doctor thought it was an UTI so he gave me an antibiotic. That's when I started to have the problem more frequently.
I'm not sure if the medience had anything to do with the increase or not. Whatever the cause, I often need to go to the bathroom every 2 to 3 hours, esp. at night and sometimes even more frequently around my cycle.
Everyone says this sounds like diabetes. In fact that's what my mom thought I had when she first noticed the problem. However I never have glucose in my urine and my blood sugar is always normal. I do though have white blood cells present in my urine. Which makes it seem like an infection of some sort.... except that it has lasted 2 years.
I'm not sure if there's any other troubling syptoms. I do tend to be thristy a lot, but that's because I simply don't tolerant heat very well. I also have an ice pica. I realize that these are all syptoms of diabetes, but keep in mind that I always test negative for that disorder. Also I've always had these two since I was a child whereas the frequent urination started happening more recently. I can't think of anything else that might be related; thrist and that pica only come to mind because it all has to come out in the end sometime (so to speak).
Recently I went to an urologist. He felt I had an overactive bladder (since I was emypting my bladder completely each time) and put me on Santara (or whatever it's called). While that helped intially, I've found that its effectiveness is slowly decreasing. I can go days without it and not notice a difference (which can be good or bad since sometimes I don't have an increase in urination and other times I do). It has never helped around my cycles. Also my doctor never explained to me why I would have WBCs in my urine.
I'm at the end of my ropes. I am losing a lot of sleep because of this, and it's embarassing having to be excused once every hour or two to use the bathroom during the day.
Age: 23 yrs
Current Mediences: Adderal (?? mg once a day-- been taking for 6 years), Effector (75 mg once a day-- switched from 30 mg of Prozac 3 years ago)
Medical Conditions: asthma (not currently on medication for it), attention deficent disorder/ attention deficent hyperactivity disorder introverted type, depression (in remission??)
Allergies: shellfish, pollen, mold, dust, mildrew, cleaning products
Family Medical Problems:
high chlestrol (father et al)
high blood pressure (father et al)
thyroid disease (paternal grandmother, aunt-- both had thyriod cancer)
asthma (mother, cousin, self)
kidney disease (paternal grandfather)
diabetes (paternal grandmother, uncle-- both type 2 and were diagnosed at around age 55; mom said it had more to do with their age, so it doesn't seem to be too common in the family)
alcoholism (two great uncles?-- I don't drink though)
heart problems (maternal grandmother, uncle-- both died from a heart condition)
allergies (various times)
growth problems (up to age 13)
fractured femur (age 8)
asthma (various times-- syptoms present since age 3 but not diagnoised until age 13)
yeast infections (various times between age 13 to age 14-- common until switched to tampons on advice of doctor)
hearing comprehension problems (various times)
Let me know if you need any other medical information or have any questions. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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