relief from constant urge to urinate
I thought that I would write a more positive message on here, as when I was feeling really depressed and searched my symptoms on the internet, all I could find was horror stories. I assume that people do get better, but that they quickly forget how bad they felt, and so you don't get to hear their stories.
I had a UTI at Christmas, and was treated with antibiotics. Although they seemed to help, the constant urge to urinate never really seemed to go away. (Which was the only symptom I ever had). Since that I have been back to the doctors numerous time. Each time they tested and sent away my urine and it came back clear. I was told it was potentially just an inflammed bladder after a bad infection. I cut out anything even remotely acidic in my diet, but the only thing which seemed to actually make it worse was drinking cranberry juice.
I have an appointment to see a urologist in a month as my symptoms still remain. BUT ... I have found some relief! The doctor prescribed me oxybutynin hydrochloride which is meant to relax the bladder. I have been taking this for about 4/5 weeks now and I have noticed a SIGNIFICANT improvement. Initially I had some fairly weird side-effects (which I think are relatively normal with this medication) including feeling faint, dry mouth and some weird stabbing pains! These have all gone away now. I no longer need the toilet during the night and get a great nights sleep - something which I was beginning to lose hope of ever regaining! I no longer constantly think about going to the toilet!!
Anyway, my problem is not resolved, but I wanted to post a more optimistic message to reassure people that there are medications out there, which can help with the symptoms.