I've been miserable for 4 months now. I had a UTI that started Aug 25th. 1 week of a herbal UTI remedy followed by 1 week of Nitrofurantoin antibiotic eliminated the signs of infection from my urine, but did not completely get rid of my symptoms. Since then I have tried more antibiotics (Cipro, Bactrim, Doxycycline), and 2 and 1/2 months of avoiding bladder-irritating foods, with no permanent relief. It will really improve for a week or 10 days. I'll think I'm finally going to be healthy again, and then my symptoms will get worse. I have had numerous tests done including: urine cultures, a bladder ultrasound, pelvic exams, a CT-scan, a cystoscopy, a MRI, a vaginal culture, and blood work. All tests have found nothing abnormal except for E Coli in my urine with the initial UTI on Aug 25th, blood in 2 of my urine samples since then, a sensitive nerve ending found during my pelvic exam, and dilated pelvic veins found by my MRI. Besides antibiotics, I have also tried detrol LA, flomax, hydroxyzine (antihistamine), and UTIRA-C (urinary antispasmodic/analgesic). Nothing helps. I have tried herbal remedies including the initial week of "bladder comfort" herbal pills, marshmallow leaf and corsilk tea, shatavari root, cod liver oil, probiotics, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin, quercetin, bromelain, and colostrum. Initially when I started some of these extra supplements, I think I took too many & they made me sick to my stomach. So I have just started taking them again yesterday but only 1 pill a day of hyaluronic acid, chondroitin, quercetin, bromelain & colostrum. I am running out of options, ideas, and hope. The urologist I have been seeing wants to put me on an antidepressant and Elmiron if i do not get better by Jan 15th. The urogynecologist I have been seeing wants to do another cystoscopy on me Jan 22nd and then possibly put me on Elmiron. I am worried that Elmiron may not help and will also make my hair fall out. I am only 26 years old, and I was perfectly healthy before I got the UTI on Aug 25th. Has anyone else had a UTI that led to interstitial cystitis? If so, what medications helped if any? Is this something I wil have to live with for the rest of my life? Or is there any hope that it will go away and not come back? My symptoms are that I feel like I have to pee all the time--like my bladder is always full. And sometimes I get shooting or jabbing pains in my urethra, especially right after I pee. Anyone else have similar symptoms, or have IC develop after a UTI? I'm miserable! I want my life back!