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Old 01-23-2003, 10:51 PM   #1
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Hello all...

Lately I have been having a problem. I am a 22 year old woman who has had a lot of bladder problems throughout my life. When I was a child I had my bladder surgically stretched twice. I used to frequently get bladder infections. This has all pretty much resolved though, and my urination has been pretty much normal since my early teens. I also have yeast problems and frequently get yeast infections. But that has not been a problem lately either.

This is the problem that I am having now: I urinate normally during the day, with no problems what-so-ever. I use the bathroom right before I go to sleep at night, and I urinate normally (a good amount). But then about 5 minutes after I lay down I get the urge to go, and only a little tinkle comes out. Then I go back and lay down again, and the same thing happens. This happens about 2 or 3 times, sometimes more, before I go to sleep. It has been happening more frequently lately. I have been tested for a bladder infection and a yeast infection, and I do not have either. I experience no burning sensation or pain, I just have to go. I had a similar problem a few years ago, but then it was all the time, not just at night. I was examined by a top urologist who said that there was nothing physically wrong with me, and determined that it was due to a medication that I had been taking. I was taking Paxil, an anti-depressant, and one of the more rare side effects of it turned out to be frequent urination. So I stopped it and my bladder problems went away. But now I just do not feel like my bladder is emptying completely, but only at bedtime. Like I said, I pee once, and then 5 minutes after I lay down I have to go again, and again, and again, until my bladder completely empties. I can sit on the toilet for 10 minutes to see if I have to go anymore, but as soon as I go to lay down, I get the urge. Once I fall asleep I do not wake up, but this is making it difficult for me to fall asleep. Right now the only medications that I am taking are Lexapro, which is an anti-depressant that has been proven to have the least amount of side effects of any anti-depressant on the market, Aciphex for Acid Reflux, which I have been on for about a year, flaxseed oil capsules for my dry eyes, acidophilus and culturelle for my stomach.

I really don't want to go back to the urologist with such a stupid complaint. I think he'd look at me like I'm nuts. I can't imagine going in there and saying "ummmm, I am urinating a lot, but only when I lay down to go to sleep at night, but it doesn't wake me up once I fall asleep!" It just makes no sense to me. Why am I fine during the day (even when I take naps during the day, I have no problems) but then when I lay down to sleep at night, I have to get up and pee every five minutes? Does this seem like a strange complaint to go to the doctor with? I guess if I can't figure it out on my own I'll have to go back, but I'm just embarassed. Maybe I can bring it up at my next visit with my family doctor.

I drink lots of water and juice during the day, and urinate with a normal frequency. But nighttime is a different story.

Even though the Lexapro has little to no side effects, can that still be what is causing this? My body reacts to medications very strangely. I am always having all kinds of weird, unexplainable reactions. If anybody has ever heard of something like this, or knows of a possible cause or what I can do to stop it, please let me know.

I'm very confused.


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