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Bladder Discussion => All things bladder related => Topic started by: Annika on November 18, 2010, 07:53:25 PM

Title: Anyone ever had this type problem?
Post by: Annika on November 18, 2010, 07:53:25 PM
Hi,   I am almost 54 years old and have been suffering from bladder problems since last year when I began to experience painful bladder urges, back pain, blood in urine the whole nine yards. But upon taking the urine test at the doctors it comes back negative  for infection although blood is usually found in my urine. Now this past week the same thing happened and this time the doctor sent a culture out and that came back negative. However when he gives me the antibiotics it clears up fine. I have been to the Urologist and he found nothing in my bladder so I am puzzled. Can you still have an infection and it not show up on the urine test?   Annika xx
Title: Re: Anyone ever had this type problem?
Post by: frazzled on January 07, 2011, 04:15:57 PM
Hi sorry to hear bout your problems.  I am 51 and over the last rew months have started to have similar problems  >:(.    Test positive at the Dr Surgery then sample sent away and nothing found.   However, I have days where I feel I am constantly needing to pee and as if there is pressure in the middle of my lower abdomen.   Been to the Doctors heaps over the last few months and  he's done blood tests/urine samples etc - is this just something we have to tolerate!
Title: Re: Anyone ever had this type problem?
Post by: Glades on January 27, 2011, 10:24:02 AM
Hi both of you,
I have had similar problems which although no infection showed in sample turned to kidney infections on two occasions!   Really really nasty, was ill for a few weeks, high temps etc etc.   I have also had numerous cystitis attacks some of which showed infection, showed didn't.  All this started the week of my 60th birthday.
Had numerous tests, kidney scans, seen urologist etc etc.
Cutting a long story (3.5 yrs of problems) somehwat shorter, it has all turned out to be vaginal atrophy and has been much improved (I don't like to say cured!) since I went on topical oestrogen therapy.  As you dry out 'down below' you lose the natural bacteria that protect you against infection.  Nobody, gp or urologist explained this to me :(    Only found it out by reading Menopause Matters and I now use Vagifem pessaries.
Do hope this is of some help to you, I really sympathise with what a horrible problem it is, made me very very low.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had this type problem?
Post by: Lovealittle on February 13, 2011, 12:43:52 AM
I must agree after 4 weeks using Ovestin cream I feel a different woman ;)
Title: Re: Anyone ever had this type problem?
Post by: Gagamama on February 25, 2011, 05:42:01 PM
Hi All

Isn't it strange that hardly anyone (anyone who is supposed to have more expertise than us ordinary folk ) seems to think laterally whne dealing with these seemingly intractable problems. Thank good ness for sites like this: here at least you will find you are not alone and certainly not going mad!
Title: Re: Anyone ever had this type problem?
Post by: julie on June 15, 2011, 01:33:44 PM
This is my first post.  I too have been having lots of urinary tract symptoms, but no infection.  I was referred to a gyne specialist and he diagnosed a prolapsed uterus.  This, he said was pressing on my bladder and at 52 my bladder was suffering from irritability due to impending menopause.  I have now been on vagifem pessaries for about a month to improve the condition of the bladder.  The first 2 weeks I used them every night then switched to twice per week.  I was given 24 pessaries and have 4 left.  I am super improved in the urge to wee area unless I exercise and it flares up every time.  He seems to think that this one hit of 24 pessaries could clear up the problem for years.  (I find that hard to believe).  I dont really like using HRT as it makes my boobs tender and a bit bigger I think but I will finish the pack.  Anything is better that the constant need to go to the loo.  I also had a cystoscopy to see what the bladder looked like after a few weeks of HRT.  Looked good to me and to the doctor.

I would like to find out if there is anything I can use to support the uterus just whilst I exercise.  Apparently my pelvic floor muscles are good.  I do exercise them and I did have a TVT operation to support the bladder about 10 years ago because I had stress incontinence.  This bladder sure is my achillies heel!  All the very best to fellow sufferers.  And any support ideas (literally) would be very welcome.
Title: Re: Anyone ever had this type problem?
Post by: Dr.Currie on October 10, 2011, 06:50:16 AM
The lack of estrogen commonly causes such bladder problems and treating with low dose vaginal estrogen can be very helpful. However, the vaginal estrogen needs to be continued long term--a short course cannot continue to help after it has stopped. It is safe to use low dose vaginal estrogen at the twice weekly maintenance dose long term, and is recommended. See the section on this website on Management and Treatments. Vaginal estrogen is not the same as HRT--HRT circualtes throughout the body whereas vaginal estrogen is concentrated in the vagina and bladder, with only a tiny amount circulating in the rest of the body.
Best wishes
Heather Currie
Title: Re: Anyone ever had this type problem?
Post by: nigela on December 16, 2011, 12:26:30 PM
Hi I have have similar feeling -but feeling of something hurting on one side of vagina. Scaring myself silly-GP took water sample result not back yet-no burning or stinging tho like you usually get. Got terrible pain on same side low back and goes down my leg-used to get it on and off all year but now it stays. Got blood in urine Doc says. Looked up cervical and ovarian c and i had all the symptoms. Get cramp like feelings in bottom of stomach. Periods stopped suddenly last Nov i have just turned 50.