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Hi Laye! Wow! This sound just like my problems! Although, the last 2 urinalysis HAVE shown infection, most of them dont. And, when they send the test to the lab, they dont "grow out" anything. My problems have been ongoing for the last year and a half. I have been to 7 doctors and 3 urologist. The last urologist done a distention and looked inside my bladder and said that it is completely normal. I have been on Bactrim for 3 days now and I think it may be a little bit better, but, I am still having to take Loritab for the terrible bladder pain.
We are not suppossed to notice our bladder being there, you know? Well, I can tell you that I am VERY aware that it is there!
If this does not end soon, I believe I will loose my mind!
There are SO many people much worse than me, at least I dont have the urgency that some people have, but, at times I become suicidal about this! I am 42 and cant imagine living the rest of my life in this kind of bladder pain! My whole life is revolving around this and I hate it!
You mentioned that your Doc said that it takes the bladder a long time to heal. I would imagine that the bladder would be very inflammed and irritated after having infection for so long. Did he give you ANY idea of how long that you might stay in this sort of pain? Did he give you anything for the pain of this? I am so scared of Loritab, but, currently it is the only thing keeping me even remotely pain free, at least somewhat to where I basically tollerate it. Thanx for your help! Jola
Prostich...Thanks for your reply. I just found it. Well, I take Vicodin for the pain. It is the only thing that relieves my spasms and pain so I'm able to function at work. But I know..I hate relying on pain meds to get through the day. Some days feel OK. I can at least get through a store without feeling so uncomfortable I need to find a bathroom. I always know where the restrooms are located. And it's this always being aware of my bladder. I've been dealing with this for almost a year. I would love to go back to the way things used to be..where I could just walk around and not have to wonder or worry about having to pee. I think most of this is due to decling hormones. I am using vagifem now to stregthen that area. I think that could be the reason why I was getting so many infections. It was just thinning out and that leads to urgency and infections. My urologist said it could take up to a year to heal. But she wants me on these OAB meds and so far none of them have worked and I've tried most of them..Detrol, Sanctura, Vesicare, Enablex...The V works because it calms my spasms and takes away the pain. I only take 1 or 2 a day just to get through.

I can't imagine having to live with this the rest of my life. It has halted my life. I think I'm just getting used to it now. In the beginning it was far worse. But my bladder looks normal. I may have endo of the bladder though. That is something they are looking into. But I hate waking up each day going..."What kind of day will this be?"

Keep taking to me...I'd like to hear how you are doing.
I know how you feel! I have been getting UTI's all my life. Now that I am in menopause they are gettng worse. I have been to all kinds of Doctor's, been on all kinds of meds, and nothing sems to work. I have also had 3 kidney infection. I have tried everything. Question--why when I get the symptoms and go to the Doctors, the test come out negative. But when I get retested 2 days later, it shows infection? The doctor's know my history of UTI's, why do they make me suffer for those two days? I wish I could write out my own script for antibiotics. Has this happened to anybody else?

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