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Old 07-20-2016, 12:27 PM
 
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Since youre a woman your anatomy is obviously different from mine, but about 5 years ago (im 54 now) I began having symptoms of what my doctor calls overactive bladder syndrome. My prostate is normal. I experience very uncomfortable urgency at relatively unexpected times.No feeling of having to urinate then (especially if I stand up) bam I have to go now or things might get ugly fast. He prescribed me a medication but it does nothing. It comes in waves if I can hold it for a minute or so I am good for about 5-10 more until the next wave of urgency hits.
If I get dehydrated or show signs of a UTI (even if its not actually a UTI, which I have had)its much harder to hold it and I usually can not.
It has not gotten much worse but has not diminished. I am working on techniques to hold it better. Crossing my legs and hopping up and down cursing seems to have the best results. Meh.
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:35 PM
 
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Youre doing the right thing with research on the internet, your doctors advice about caffeine may be completely useless. Not saying I know better but doctors especially in the GP role often make lazy generalized statements like this because he knows it may be helpful in a broad sense but it may actually not be relevent to your condition at all. This is why you should always pursue the consult with specialist route. GPs tend to be somewhat flippant with advice. Its a necessity of their position, they can't know everything about everything.
You are your own best doctor for your individual condition, no GP will be better researched on your condition than you can be in a few months' time.
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Old 07-20-2016, 01:00 PM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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I have this same issue & have had for years! Thank gosh for a handful of doctors that don't rely on one UA &

treat ME, the patient & not my lab report. They give me antibiotics & my symptoms go away.

It would be wise, however, to find out WHY you are getting frequent UTI's!
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Old 07-20-2016, 03:23 PM
 
Location: The South
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I have this same issue & have had for years! Thank gosh for a handful of doctors that don't rely on one UA &

treat ME, the patient & not my lab report. They give me antibiotics & my symptoms go away.

It would be wise, however, to find out WHY you are getting frequent UTI's!
How would the lab report be wrong?
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Old 07-20-2016, 03:58 PM
 
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My daughter had these and we finally pinpointed aspartame as the problem. Do you use a lot of aspartame?
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Old 07-20-2016, 05:08 PM
 
Location: The South
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No. I quit diet drinks a couple of years ago along with smoking. I only use real sugar to put in my now decaf coffee. Substitute sugar is in my chewing gum though
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Old 07-20-2016, 09:04 PM
 
Location: colorado springs, CO
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How would the lab report be wrong?
If you are over or even very well hydrated it can dilute the markers that they look for in a UTI.

Bacteria can be diluted as well as white & red blood cells.

You can get bladder spasms without a UTI, however. Incomplete bladder emptying is one culprit that is

sometimes overlooked by doctors. If you have had children you will have more of a chance with this than

a woman who has not.

One way to see if this might be the case is to use the restroom with the "hover" method, like you would do

in a restroom with...er...questionable cleanliness...

As you use the muscles in your legs & abdomen to "hover" you may notice some "spurts" after you thought

you were done & that may indicate that you are having urinary retention.

Urinary retention, BTW; can also lead to UTI's.
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Old 07-20-2016, 10:32 PM
 
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No. I quit diet drinks a couple of years ago along with smoking. I only use real sugar to put in my now decaf coffee. Substitute sugar is in my chewing gum though
She can't chew very much sugar-free gum without them starting up again. Do you chew gum a lot? Every day?
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Old 07-21-2016, 02:11 AM
 
Location: middle tennessee
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yes to the vibrator question. Void (go pee) after sex and/or bathing. Pat the area dry instead of wiping.


Sometimes simple things work.
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Old 07-21-2016, 07:16 AM
 
Location: The South
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She can't chew very much sugar-free gum without them starting up again. Do you chew gum a lot? Every day?
Wow. So what kind of diet is she on to prevent them? I chew gum if I have it in my purse. I stopped consuming artificial sugar when I found out how bad it is. I wouldnt think a little stick of gum would cause all that pain
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