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Bladder problems

Postby stodgers » Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:54 pm

Does/has anyone have problems with their bladder?

Since early January I've been having problems. Started with a UTI and was given antibiotics which worked and the pain went. Within a week I was in pain again so they gave me another course and this has happened twice since.
Samples are coming back clear so there isn't any infection yet I'm in agony and can't hold any wee. Saw gp again today who suspects interstitial cystitis which is apparently commonly linked to fibro! I've got to go for a bladder scan and also been referred to a urologist.
I finished a course of antibiotics yesterday and am in agony again today!

Not sure why the antibiotics are doing something though if there is no infection :/

Has anyone else ever suffered with similar problems and if so how was it treated?
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Re: Bladder problems

Postby lindauk1 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:23 am

hiya
yes i also suffer with ic had it for 3 years now still seeing specialist its not very nice still seeing specialist now some days its non stop feel urge go toilet all time very painful
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Re: Bladder problems

Postby libbiek30 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:03 am

Hi yes me too. I have had really long courses o antibiotics that helped. I have had every bladder test possible done and they cant
find whats causing it. The consultant just ignored me when I said could
b part of fibro. He suggested a dvt which is for prolapse which i dont have. Cutting down on caffine really helps with the constant weeing.
Gud luck :-D
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Re: Bladder problems

Postby migrembe » Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:09 am

Some of the medications prescribed for Fibro can cause bladder problems have a look at the side effects list or look on google.
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Re: Bladder problems

Postby dejay » Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:24 pm

I had a problem aprox 4 years ago ,my dr sent me to a urologist ,as I was always feeling I wanted a wee ,but after I had done one I still had the urge to go, it got to the stage where I would only go to places where I knew there was a toilet,and it was clean, the urologist done a scan up inside, there was no problems, so he gave me some tablets(cant think of the name of them) I took them for about a year, then he said to come off them slowly, I have never had a problem since, touch wood ,love to all
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Re: Bladder problems

Postby Kiara » Sat Mar 08, 2014 1:44 pm

I suffered for years with the same problem , was on different anti biotics on a monthly rota plan they made me feel so ill that i decided just to stop taking them, i believe they did more harm than good. I also had a bladder scan the outcome was i have a prolapsed bladder but its not bad enough to operate on . I started taking Cranberry capsules and this did the trick. I still wear tena liners even tho i don't need them i do need the security they give me. Now i am having poo problems its driving me crazy, no-one should have to live in constipation all of their lives. Even when i do go i can't do it properly and my prolapse falls down so far that i can feel it. Got the doctor next week to talk about it. I hope you get your problems sorted out x
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Re: Bladder problems

Postby joyster14 » Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:40 pm

my bladder problems started out the same, the reason was a dip in my bladder, the urine was sitting in the dip and causing infection, since then i have been self catheterising 3-5 times a day, it really relieves that urge to go for a wee, i hope you get sorted out soon :fingerscrossed:
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Re: Bladder problems

Postby grannyB » Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:56 pm

I wonder if members who have bladder problems are on NSAIDs?
Some years ago I was taking Surgam sa( a NSAID) for quite a time .
I developed very painful abdominal pains and problems with passing urine.
I saw consultant , diagnosed interstitial systitus, told to live with it.
SAw a very up to date doctor who while had read a medical paper which showed data that surgam sa had caused these problems in over 50 .
people. I stopped taking them and within a few weeks my symptoms disappeared.
I recently used Iboprufen and symptoms reappeared, so stopped , hopefully it will clear again. Hope this is of use .
I was diagosed with FM over 20 years ago at Manchester rheumatology dept. Still learning to live with it!!
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Re: Bladder problems

Postby stodgers » Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:34 pm

Few with the same problems then!

I'm gonna try cranberry capsules and see if that helps at all. I take naproxen but only occasionally not regularly.

In agony right now :-(
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Re: Bladder problems

Postby Revjan » Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:18 am

I had similar problems and was diagnosed with an over active/irritable bladder which causes all the same symptoms as infections and is quite common with FM. I now take 10mg of Solifenacin tabs at night and this has helped quite a bit.
Ask your GP to try the tablets if you're still having problems. Hope this helps! Xx
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Re: Bladder problems

Postby Lindilou » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:16 am

Same here last night. I went to the out of hours doc at 1am ! No infection but given antibiotics as I've also an ear infection as well. :roll:

I was diagnosed with this awful interstitial cystitis about 3 years ago and take one Cefalexin each day. Having Interstitial cystitis means you are more likely to have water infection as I was told last night.
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Re: Bladder problems

Postby Gilly52 » Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:59 am

Just be reading through the posts over the last days, and I can relate to you all, I have had intermittent problems with my bladder over the last 8 months, I also have IBS and notice when my bowel plays up, when that settles, my bladder gets irritated and painful.I had an ultrasound done about a month ago, all came back clear, but I am still in pain. :-? If the problem is a bacterial infection I realise it's not going to show on the ultrasound, GP has tried a few different antibiotics without success, but not any of the ones mentioned here.

Some people have success with Cranberry juice/tablets, but I have not tried this.........maybe a route to go down.

I have an appointment with my GP end of next week so I will have another chat about my bladder and different antibiotics, if I have any success I will let you know.

Hope everyone is having a reasonable day X
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Re: Bladder problems

Postby FluppyPuffy » Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:49 am

I've used cranberry juice when I've had cystitis and infections and it helped me. The juice tends to lay down a layer of something (can't remember name at the moment, and Mr Googley seems to be having a teabreak :cup1: :cup1: :cup1: ) that helps protect and calm the bladder, urethra etc from the effects of the infection/irritation.

When doglet has had the canine equivalent of cystitis and a water infection, adding some cranberry juice to her drinking water has also helped calm things down for her too.


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Re: Bladder problems

Postby Lindilou » Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:58 pm

Yes cranberry juice. I drink at least one cup of cranberry tea each day. Don't go for the juice as it tends to contain sugar.
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Re: Bladder problems

Postby Theresa34 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:45 pm

I havent got any issues. This past week I seem to be weeping a lot more but that's not usual for me. It has been hot though! My daughter suffered for years with recurrent urine infections. She ended up in a hospital a few times. The consultant said its because her bladder is over stretched and she's not emptying her bladder fully.
I am a fibro fighter not a fibro sufferer. I will keep fighting from the minute I get up til the minute I go to bed.
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