If needed, I will repost this in 1 or 2 other relevant forums.
I haven't had an "official diagnosis" from a medical doctor so I name it "overactive bladder" because that's the way it feels and I describe it that way. I've been tested for a uti 5 times and all tests came back negative. No infection is present and the only pain is when I have the frequent urges to "pee", in the bladder itself. I've been married for 14 years and have no children so there's no problem anywhere else. There's hesitation after the "1st flow" of urine and I go through ***l at #4 and #5 "turn" to pee. There's always a flow, it's not a false alarm or anything and it's driving me nuts!!! *crying* My husband and I have had occasional intimacy, but it hurts so much on contact that we're intimate up to a point and then I have to stop. We're intimate every month or every other month, it's awful! I just don't know what to else to do and since I don't have the funds to see a holistic physician and I"m not working so I don't have health insurance, I'm falling thru the cracks as an indigent and I'm being treated like a criminal or immigrant. It seems to me that a wise knowledgeable person with nutritional and health knowledge and knowledge of the health workings of the human body would be able to determine what's wrong and diagnose this problem. I also need to treat it, but I need to be careful because while the cranberry is beneficial and helps the bladder, it irritates it and causes more discomfort. I took uva ursi but I won't again because that's for an infection and I don't have an infection so it's unnecessary added irritation discomfort.
I"m a healthy 100% vegan eater, I don't drink any coffee, no soda, zero caffeine, not 1 drop, I don't smoke, I don't do drugs or take any pharmaceutical medications, I use 100% completely organic plant-essence earth-friendly hygiene cleaning products, and I use only 100% strictly non-toxic gentle earth-friendly laundry products, no detergent. I don't eat any junk food or unhealthy processed junk, no refined sugar. I only drink clean well water and juice. Sorry for this long post, but I wanted to give you a clear picture so you might be able to help me. Can someone please help? I"m feeling very frustrated and I don't know who to talk to. I don't feel my life is in serious jeopardy or that this ailment is seriously detrimental, but it would ease my mind to rule out anything detrimental and know that it's benign and simply needs to be healed and treated in a gentle manner. I"m sure all the stress in my life isn't helping - air pollution, noise pollution, struggling indigent, asthma, having to live in a 28- by 6-foot RV camper, isn't helping at all. If I left anything out and anyone needs more information, please don't hesitate to talk to me and ask me. Sorry for the long post.
Part II OAB - The Healthcare I've Sought
Although my symptoms really didn't match at all, it was suspected I had a uti...so I went to a low-cost family medical clinic and I was tested - the result was negative. I went to another clinic and the same result - negative. The 2nd nurse N.P. who tested my urine also did a kidney test to ensure my kidneys weren't in danger. She told me my kidneys are fine and healthy and I have nothing to worry about. She told me that if I indeed had a serious problem with my kidneys I'd be in unbearable pain in my kidneys, which I am not. I've also had ob/gyn pelvic exams and both came back healthy and negative - no problems, infections, or dangers present. I went to the emergency room here because that's the only place where an indigent person can go for healthcare where they can NOT refuse you or turn you away. The only problem is having to wait in the waiting room for 8+ hours due to the priority of emergencies and health crises. Again, my urine was tested and the result was negative. When I told them I just couldn't stop peeing and I feel thirsty a lot and then my bladder just keeps filling up even right after I pee, ugh...they tested me for diabetes to ensure my blood sugar is healthy. Again, test result was fine and negative.
As you might imagine, at this point, I was ready to pull my hair out of my head and slap all the stupid doctors. Then, I was told about a free health clinic where you simply have to stand outside and wait for an hour or 2 before they let you in and you can get seen, examined, and hopefully helped. This is the abridged version. I was seen and examined and had my urine tested again, they insisted as part of the "free medical exam procedure" and to just "be sure" and again, test result was negative. They then gave me a referral to a free clinic. This part of the story ends here because I didn't get any further with the medical help.
I'd like to respond to some of the replies to my original post. I do not suffer from any incontinence and after reading some info online and help from my husband, I am familiar with the Kegel exercises and I've done them many times. My pc muscle is still very strong and it functions properly. The 1st nurse N.P. I was examined by at the low-cost family clinic was checking me for IC Interstitial Cystitis because she didn't know what else to tell me. My "condition" is a medical mystery and no one understands what I'm going through, perhaps partly because my life is so unusual that they can't relate or understand. She was only tentative on the IC and when she did a pelvic exam she couldn't find anything wrong inside. A doctor at the free clinic told me that people are often diagnosed or misdiagnosed with IC because the condition is so mysterious and strange they don't know what else to call it so they give it that tentative name with the hope of finding a more correct diagnosis. I'm sorry everyone for saying so much, but I'm trying to give you a clear understanding of the process up until now, I hope everyone understands.
Thanks for listening and I hope someone can help.
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