Do I have IC? Can't takt much more of this!
I am at the end of my rope. For the last year or so I have had periodic flare ups of these terrible urinary frequency/urgency symptoms. Basically what happens is I get this awful constant pressure/urge in my bladder, and I go to pee sometimes as often as twice every 30 minutes, sometimes even more often. There's no pain, burning, blood, or anything like that. Just the horribly annoying pressure/urgency coming from my bladder area. It is affecting my quality of life terribly, and I am having trouble sleeping at night. Basically this is making my life a living hell. I don't get what is going on. The symptoms come on really suddenly, and last anywhere from 2 weeks to just a few days. But this latest episode has lasted for almost more than 2 weeks. I have been seen by several urologists, and they did urinealysis on me, urine culture, and std tests, all came back negative. So what is going on? I try and drink plenty of fluids, and as much as I will hate it, try giving up coffee for a few days and see if that helps. But I don't think coffee is the problem because I didn't drink it for months and I still got symptoms..
Currently my urologist has me on doxycyline for a suspected enlarged prostate, but so far my symptoms have not improved. He has also prescribed flomax and ditropan, but the side effects kind of scare me with those so I haven't taken them yet. My big fear is that these symptoms are here to stay and my life will be a living hell. I really don't want to take sleeping pills but if this hell doesn't stop I will have to just to sleep. Can anyone provide any insight as to what might be going on? I am young, male,30 yo, and not overweight, and not a smoker or drinker. Could this be prostatitis, interstitial cystitis, or just overactive bladder? And what are some treatments I may request or ask for to try and stop these terrible constant symptoms? Thanks for any input!!