hello everyone, i've been reading through a bunch of these threads and thought maybe i should start my own as my symptoms are a little different. here goes...
i'm 21 & male (UK)
i got this feeling of not being able to finish urinating properly, so i would need to pee constantly. there was some burning sensation this time also
i'd had unprotected sex recently before this so i went to an STI clinic, who gave me DOXYCYCLINE straight away, which worked fine - symptoms went away pretty fast.
however, tests later showed i had no STI's but just a normal UTI
symptoms came back, but without the burning sensation. i went back to the STI clinic and they gave me AZYTHROMYCIN, which worked a treat.
however, tests showed no signs of infection, just protein in my urine.
symptoms came back, and i went to a walk-in clinic as i was out of town.
they gave me AZYTHROMYCIN, which worked again, hurrah! there was protein in my urine too, but no infection
JANUARY to NOW
symptoms came back, just like before - but haven't been so easily dealt with this time.
i've been to various different places, and have tried the following antibiotics - none of which worked:
azythromycin didn't work this time :(
doxycycline didn't work this time:(
i've also tried ditropan and ibuprofen (incase it was a prostate inflammation thing apparently) neither of those did anything. also cystopurin didn't work.
there's still no signs of infection in my urine and not even that much protein anymore. i'm being referred to a urologist for some lovely invasive testing... i'm terrified they won't find anything and even more terrified of the gigantic equipment they'll be putting down the end of my penis
my symptoms are currently just needing to urinate all the time and feeling like i can't finish urinating properly. so i'll be sat on or stood at the toilet for hours and hours. i've no specific pain though the end of my penis is uncomfortable.
obviously i realise this is nothing compared to what many of the people reading this will have gone through... and i'm grateful that i'm not in any severe pain. but it's really getting me down anyway. its very unpleasant for me to be away from a toilet for over an hour at a time. :(
when symtoms are really hitting hard i feel like i'm fighting to avoid dribbling urine all the time... it's awful. very hard for me to go out/be around people/concentrate on anything.
i'm currently avoiding caffeine and dairy, but this doesn't really seem to be doing anything. symptoms do ebb and flow in severity though, so i assume external factors are affecting it.
also i've taken to drinking heavily most days as it eventually causes me to forget about my symptoms... or possibly actually alleviate them slightly, i'm too drunk to tell!
though bitter specifically seems to make the problems much worse (lager isn't so bad for some reason)
i'll continue to cut things out of my diet/try different things anyway
ooh, also - this isn't waking me up in the night and isn't affecting sexual functions (except that its difficult to get particularly aroused when you need to pee constantly)
i guess my questions are these...
1) why have antibiotics worked in the past? even times when they technically shouldn't have? (as there was no sign of infection in my urine)
2) given that pain isn't really a symptom, what could this be?
3) just how painful are cystoscopys for men?
actually... maybe don't answer that last one
i guess just any advice/discussion would be really appreciated. i'm feeling a little lost and down about the whole rotten business :(
my doctor did what i've been dreading the other day and suggested what i have might be 'normal' and that i might just have to live with it... given that these are symptoms that have come and gone in the past i sincerely hope he's wrong