Originally Posted by ashcan
About a year ago now I went to the doctors complaining about the constant urge to urinate. I mean a 24/7 pressure. I was tested for UTI-Negative.
I have since had scans, swabs and have also been to a continence nurse to teach me training methods. none of them have helped. I do not drink caffine or eat chocolate yet I still feel like i need to go to the toilet. its not even really an urgent thing it just doesnt go. It constantly feels like my bladder is full.
driving is a nightmare, I have to stop all the time to go although i dont really need too.
might I have IC?
also I am going to book another doctor appointment and request to see a urologist, can I do that?
does anybody else have this symptom? its a nightmare I honestly feel that its destroyed my life.
I visited a urologist yesterday. Like you, I have had negative urine tests, swabs, etc. I have also had transvaginal ultrasounds and a CT scan that came back negative. The urologist is putting me in for a cystoscopy because she believes that I have IC/BSP. The current thinking amongst urologists is that you no longer have to fit every criteria. In my case. I have had urinary frequency on and off for five years. This started with a genuine UTI and each episode lasts between 2 weeks and 3 months. I do not get pain, but pain is no longer considered necessary for a diagnosis. I also do not need to get up at night, however the urge is constant during the day. I am nowhere near the severe end of the scale as I can function normally and I dont have pain. I have also only had five episodes, but they have been enought to disrupt my life somewhat. Urinary urge/frequency is enough along with doctors being unable to find a cause of the problem to consider IC/BSP and my urologist considered it immediately. What is usually present when they look inside the bladder is something called glomerulations. These are usually present in people with IC and is enough to make the diagnosis definitively.
I am in Australia, so not sure how you go about things in your country, but good luck with everything and I hope you get the answers you are searching for. I can't say that I am entirely happy about the prospect of IC as there is no cure, but at least I will know what I am dealing with.