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bladder control/nerve hurts?
i don't mean to be offering to much, but i recently lost my virginity (VERY safe, condom, no diseases) and a week later, i literally peed in my pants, like i couldn't control it which i usually can, very easily. i was about to go and it wouldn't stop. and also, the nerve that runs along my you know what really really hurts. and i'm actually very very scared about this so please help me out
  First of all, you should not panic. These sorts of problems are very common, although people don't talk about them much. A single episode of incontinence (loss of bladder control) does not mean you've got a lasting problem (in fact, that's very unlikely). The sudden urge followed by emptying of your bladder suggests irritation of the bladder. The most likely explanation is a bladder infection (a VERY common problem that can often occur after sex). Irritation of the bladder near the ureters often radiates down along your sides into your crotch (often the labia, actually), which seems to be what you're describing. So it all fits with a simple UTI.

I hope you're reassured by this long explanation. The bottom line is that you should call your doctor and just get checked out quickly. It can be as simple as a urine test and a prescription for 3 days of antibiotics.

Good luck. Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any other concerns.
Rachel M
Multiple Lumbar spine disc extrusions, degenerative disc disease?
I ~thought~ I had one major problem, a extruded disc @ L5/S1 that pinched the sciatic nerve root. After bouts of loss of bladder and bowel control (sorry for tmi) this weekend, and a stay in the hospital I find that the discs from L2 through S1 are all significantly bulged, S2/S3 slightly and multiple nerves are pinched. Spinal tap, myleogram, Ct all showed it. I'm falling, in constant pain, somewhat incontinent, and having a really hard time dealing. I have 3 small children also. I'm kind of in limbo until we get a nerve conduction test done. The neurosurgeons say they can't do anything. My pain managment doc can only do so much. So, my question, anyone else out there dealing with similar? I'm on Lortab 5 (what a joke, but I HAVE to be able to function for the kids.), Lyrica 100 mg 2/day, Effexor xr (shrink says I'm not clinically depressed, but this can help w/mood some and it may help w/pain), and robax
I am planning on a second opinion. Waiting for a nerve conduction study to see how much damage there is. Neuros are afraid that operating right now would destabilize the spine too much.
dibzz d
  Im a bit shocked at the fact that your neurosurgeons say they cant do anything about it. maybe you should get a second opinion, it is your right after all.
urinary disease for anatomy?
Jessica Mattin

Urinary Disease
Most urinary tract infections in children are caused by bacteria that enter the urethra and travel up the urinary tract. Bacteria that normally live in the large intestine and are present in stool are the most common cause of infection. Occasionally bacteria traveling through the blood or lymphatic system to the urinary tract are the cause of kidney or bladder infections. Also, constipation or not completely emptying the bladder can cause bacteria to build up in urine. Problems with the structure or function of the urinary tract commonly contribute to UTI in infants and young children. Problems that limit the body's ability to eliminate urine completely include structural problems of the bladder, obstruction, such as kidney stone, or other abnormalities. A large variety of symptoms include those such as pain or burning during urination, loss of bladder control, frequent urination, among others. To treat a UTI you must see a doctor who will most likely take a urine sample and prescribe antibiotics.
  I am in the Medical Field

Please tell me how this is a question?
Bladder incontinence in women?
How does a women cope when going for a pap smear when they have bladder incontinence and can't control their bladder? Is it embarassing?
Melissa C
  The doctor is professional and has seen everything so I wouldn't worry about it. Often times they want a urine sample before the exam anyway, so it gives the woman a chance to go to the bathroom beforehand. That way she'll have an empty bladder during the exam. Hope this helps.
Bladder infection?
I just had a baby and i think having the cathiter in gave me a bladder infection, cause its now hard to go kinda and i have a pain where my bladder is. All my mucsle hurt cause i had a c-section so im sore everywhere. but is there a way to fix a bladder infection without meds???
  A catheter will definitely increase your chances of getting a UTI. Drink a lot of water and cranberry juice. If you don't really care for the cranberry juice that much because I know it can be quite strong in taste, try cranberry capsules. They sell these at the stores by the vitamin area. Buy the cranberry juice at the natural food stores not from the regular grocery store.

If you have lower back pain, fever, feel kind of confused mentally, or having burning/painful urination see your doctor right away without hesitation.
How bad is Bladder Cancer for an 84 year old woman?
My Grandma has be diagnosed with Bladder Cancer at age 84. The Doctor told her that it is somewhat aggressive. She has to go for treatment every Friday for the next six weeks. Is Bladder Cancer something that you can die from easily? I am scared that she won't be around much longer. Any advise is great thanks.
They are going to inject a bacteria into her bladder and that's it. No chemo.
She does smoke and drink. She won'y quit smoking, she's done it for years.
  "Joseph F" is right. But if you truly want the details for predicting her prognosis, you must know the stage and grade of her bladder carcinoma. Your grandma can get this information from her doctor if she wants you to have it. (patient confidentiality rules - it's her choice)
When you know the stage and grade of her disease, you can look it up online via the NCI or ask us here on YA. There are a number of cancer specialty doctors and other very knowledgeable medical people on this site.
Why do women seem to experience bladder problems and incontinence more than men?
I can understand women experiencing bladder problems if they have been through childbirth. But I have never had a baby, yet I have had bladder problems before, including a small bladder infection a few months ago. And during my life, I have known female friends who have not gone though childbirth, yet had bladder problems or slight incontinence problems at some point or other.
  Their urethra is much shorter than men's and if bacteria enters it finds its way quickly into the bladder. Women should also wash after sex in case bacteria has found its way there.
What is the treatment of a bladder infection?
I have re-current bladder infections (UTI's) and I was taught in school that if someone has a bladder infection they can try to treat it on their own if they push the cranberry pills and lots of fluids. However, on a recent call to my doctor (rather nurse), I was informed that if I have an actual bladder infection, the only way to treat it is by taking antibiotics.
  If it is a true bacterial infection then you will need a antibiotic..usually they will give one called will be on it for 1-2 weeks...also drink lots of water...the med that makes you pee orange is not an anibiotic but it is a pain med to help with stinging and burning when you pee..hope this helps
what will effectively reduce or get rid of bladder spasms?
ever since i got a bad bladder infection which spread to my kidneys ive had what i think are bladder spasms it feels like almost tender when i pee and like i have to pee more than i do its like it feels like the muscles are sore when i push to pee i know for certian it is not an std or another bladder infection please help its quite painfully annoying
  ask your doctor about ditropan.
Overactive bladder?
What causes overactive bladder, and what are some remedies to help control it?
  Once again I go to WebMd for my answer. As with anything that deals with reflexes and involuntary actions its normally a nerve impulse thing. Medications like Ditropan and the like help treat this as far as remedies go, maybe Kegal exercises would help.
How does this nerve blocker work?
I've inflamed one of the nerves in my foot. My doctor injected betamethasone acetate & sodium phosphate directly into my foot and explained that it was a "nerve blocker". The result at first was crippling pain by the end of the day (as opposed to only having to take my shoe off every so often to massage my foot). For two days my foot throbbed and hurt, but today I feel nothing, I've taken no advil at all, finally no pain! I'm wondering how does this injection affect the nerve? Does it interrupt the signals that would otherwise travel to my brain, or does it destroy the nerve ending or connections, etc, only to have it renew itself over time? Any answers would be appreciated. Thanks!
  You are right that the synapses of the nerve block signals to the brain that tells the brain that you are in pain. No it doesnt destroy your nerves! The doctor wouldnt do that to you! It just numbs the nerve.
Am I too young to have overactive bladder?
I'm only 26 and today my Dr. told me that I have overactive bladder and I also keep getting bladder infections. Plus I have IBS is this normal for young people?
The bladder infections are because I try to limit my fluids so I don't pee every 5 minutes, and I don't smoke or drink.
  yes, it is pretty normal. Since you have bladder infections you will have to go to the bathroom more often. Just keep drinking plenty of water and take any antibiotics that the doc might give you.
Matt A
Which antidepressants will help with bladder spasms?
I was reading about Tofranil, used to treat depression and bladder spasms. I have both of these and this seemed like a miracle drug but after further researching it i might not be able to take it. Something i did come across though while researching bladder spasms was that "some" antidepressants (including Tofranil) will help sooth the bladder. Does anyone know any of the other antidepressants that could help with bladder issues?
What exactly does it mean to "tack up" a woman's bladder?
I have developed bladder incontinence although I am only 44 and have only one child. But I have had alot of illness and catheteriziations. Next week they're gonna "tack up"my bladder. What does tat mean and what can I expect?
  My mom and my older sister both had this surgery....more than likely, your pregnancy caused your bladder to gradually
move downwards out of its usual "Tack Up" a bladder is referring to the surgery that puts the bladder back into its proper place....I believe they use stitches, which are removed later. Your doctor should have explained this to you. Why don't you call and ask him for the details? My sister had it done as an outpatient, but it took about 2-3 weeks for recovery. She was sore afterwards and not able to lift things, but is fine now.
Bladder cancer ?
How bladder cancer can be detected by imaging technique and give more information on clinical findings of bladder cancers.
Adam c
  Bladder cancers may be detected using intravenous urography, ultrasound, CT, or MRI where filling defects within the bladder are noted. However, the presence of cancer is confirmed by cystoscopy and biopsy, so imaging is useful primarily for evaluating the upper urinary tract and in staging the more advanced lesions.
jaya r
I have been having pain in my lower back and down my leg ever since I took the thyrogen injections.?
Is it possible that a nerve could have been hit. I had a MRI and found a bulging disc but it is not touching the nerve.
Bernadine F
  The bulging nerve does not need to be touching the nerve to cause the symptoms! It puts pressure on the surrounding tissues which then put pressure on the nerve. Been there..had the pain! I found the injections into the spine to be quite useful in controlling the pain.
Yes its possible to damage the nerve if an injection is given badly.
Bladder problems, please help!!?
Well i've had this problem with my bladder for one year. I'm 17 years old, female, virgin. And for the last year I have had pressure on my bladder that is constant even if i have just gone to the bathroom. I don't have a very large bladder, I usually use the restroom every 2 - 3 hours. And every once in a while, I have to use the bathroom like every 20 minutes and i go a lot, but its 100% clear, no yellow at all (sorry for the description), this happens for the whole day like a few times a month. Its horrible! Ive been the doctors at least 10 times, including a family doctor, gyno, urologist. And have had countless urine tests, and nothing shows up. And every test comes up normal. So please don't say i have a bladder infection or urinary track infection, because i don't. Right now i'm taking Oxytrol patches, and have been taking magnesium every morning. It sometimes works, but no way enough! Please, what could I have? help!
girlie [♥]
  do u drink alot of water or fluids? or maybe ur body just retains too many liquids. i mean that some girls give too many fluids that they have to pee out. omg i cant explain it but my aunt has it. its not a disease or anything its just normal in some women. sorry no help :(
How many poeple on here know someone who is under 40 with bladder cancer?
I am almost 39 and female and never smoked in my life and have bladder cancer. It has spread to my lymp nodes.I will be seeing a specialist this week. This may not be treatable. But I just need to know if you or anyone you know has or had cancer of the bladder under 40? and it is not as rare as people say becasue I have it.
Heaven bound
  Bladder cancer under 40 years old


Yes, I think it is very rare, certainly nowhere in numbers to breast cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer, testicular cancer, skin cancer, brain cancer.

Medicine today is treating all kinds of cancers and getting better everyday with pharmacological advances and nutrition regimens that can enhance your immune system.

Your mental attitude plays a major part in fighting the progression of the disease and recovering from any therapies. You fight it, girl. Pray. And take an active role in your condition. This means you crack open the books. You question your medical providers. You make INFORMED DECISIONS. You make the lifestyle changes that the professionals say will benefit you, such as reducing other stressors in your life. You fight it, girl. And pray. I will include you in mine.
Women only, bladder problem, please help :(?
Well i've had this problem with my bladder for one year. I'm 17 years old, female, virgin. And for the last year I have had pressure on my bladder that is constant even if i have just gone to the bathroom. I don't have a very large bladder, I usually use the restroom every 2 - 3 hours. And every once in a while, I have to use the bathroom like every 20 minutes and i go a lot, but its 100% clear, no yellow at all (sorry for the description), this happens for the whole day like a few times a month. Its horrible! Ive been the doctors at least 10 times, including a family doctor, gyno, urologist. And have had countless urine tests, and nothing shows up. And every test comes up normal. So please don't say i have a bladder infection or urinary track infection, because i don't. Right now i'm taking Oxytrol patches, and have been taking magnesium every morning. It sometimes works, but no way enough! Please, what could I have? help!
girlie [♥]
  How much water or other liquids are you drinking? You may be consuming way too much, especially if you feel bloated. But you don't mention that so probably not. The general rule of thumb is half your body weight in ounces. So if you are a 125 lbs than 63 ounces of water would be the baseline. If you exercise or live in a hot climate you will need more.

Going to the bathroom every two-three hours is normal. And clear urine is normal (actually it is good--dark urine would mean too concentrated).

Have they asked you about any diuretics you might be ingesting: for example coffee, sodas, teas, some herbal teas (such as mint, ginger etc.)? Diuretics can increase the frequency and urgency of urination. Water is the best thing to drink rather than sodas or coffee or black teas for this reason.

Also, I have had really great luck with a homeopathic formula called uri-cleanse when I had urinary urgency and frequency. It's not expensive and I found that it helps me with my urinary frequency whenever I get a bout of it. See link below to find it online.

An acupuncturist who prescribes herbs might also be another good person to consult with. I wouldn't rule out getting other opinions. There are other things besides urinary tract infections that can cause this problem. You want to make sure that your doctors have ruled out everything.
Is there a possibility bladder cancer would not show up on a sonogram of the bladder & kidneys?
I recently had a sonogram of my bladder and kidneys that came back normal.. although they still do not know whats wrong with me.

i know UPJ obstruction sometimes won't show up on a sonogram.

Is bladder cancer still one of the possibilities?
  You need to have a cystoscope examination done ,its 98% correct and a special urine test done .nobody and i repeat nobody can tell only by looking at a sonogram
I'm almost 15 and I struggle with some bladder incontinence?
My doctor told me that I had a bladder infection over a year ago and I was put on antibiotics but I found out later that I really didn't have one.. he was just taking precautions since I was going away. But ever since then I've struggled with bladder incontinence, it kind of just leaks out over time:P What should I do? I've been back to my doctor for it.. but he doesn't do anything.
  I'm so sorry to hear that you're having these problems. The bottom line is that you should go back to your doctor, and if you don't get satisfactory advice or don't feel like he's taking it seriously, get a referral to someone else, preferably a urologist or urogynecologist (a urologist who specializes in women's bladder problems). Believe it or not, these problems are VERY common, even though no one ever talks about it. Many recent studies have suggested that 10-25% of women under the age of 30 have regular problems with incontinence.

Rest assured, most cases of incontinence are curable. The first thing is to make sure the incontinence isn't a sign of an underlying disease. If not, the treatments vary with the type of incontinence, so it will be important for you to be able to tell your doctor precisely when you leak urine and how much. Is it just a few drops or squirt when you laugh/sneeze/cough/exercise? In that case, exercises or biofeedback are often effective. Do you get sudden, strong urges that you're not able to control and then you lose a large amount of urine? In that case, there are several medications that are available.

In the interim, there are many products on the market that can help you cope. If you're interested, I can send you some links.

I hope you feel better!
Rachel M
how do you get a overactive bladder? how do you treat it?
i am a 15 year old male. i keep peeing every hour. i think i have a over active bladder. how does a person just get it out of nowhere? how do u treat a overactive bladder? (other than medicine, or see a doctor)
nick k
  I already sent you a pm but yes if you stop masturbating using the method I said then you will see results in one or two weeks.
i am a teenager and have had a bladder problem for about 9 months. i have had the constant feeling to pee and it hasnt gone away. even after i pee i feel like i have to go. the feeling is 24/7. my mom took me to a urology doctor and he diagnosed me with an overactive bladder. ive tried just about every medication from vesicare,toviaz,ditropane,enabalax. It wont go away!!!! I then had a cystoscopy and everything was okay. What should i do????????????? By the way i dont have any infections

Is there a possibility that you might be drinking too much liquids? Especially soda, since it has a lot of sugar in it. It will constantly force your body to want to expel the excess sugar by peeing.
Josh P.
Bladder Cancer?
my mother was diagnosed with bladder cancer a couple months ago. she would like to go into a chatroom to talk to other people with bladder cancer. can someone send me some links to a site where my mother can chat? Thanks. :)

ps. safe sites. no porn and spam and all that jazz
Ska Baby
  I'm sorry to hear about your mom's diagnosis.

There is a chat room for bladder cancer at

It is recommended by the National Institute of Health, and so should be a good site.

Another good way to find information specific to her diagnosis is to check through the major cancer centers.

For instance, Mass General in Boston:
has a great site about bladder cancer, and in-person support groups.

There is probably a teaching hospital near you that does something similar.

Good luck to you and your Mom. Cancer is a scary illness, but there is a TON of reason to be hopeful. My son was diagnosed almost 5 years ago with a cancer that we were told would kill him within a year. He's still here, happy, healthy, and looking forward to the day when no one has to worry about this disease.
Are these test results saying lupus?
I have spent nearly 2 years trying to find out what is wrong with me. What started as painful intercourse advanced to AUB (endometriosis was removed). After treating my endometriosis I found that my pain was isolated to my bladder (I no longer received bladder urges though no incontinence issues). No signs of IC. Then I lost control of the bladder, then bowels, then legs. My symptoms varied from pain feeling like my legs were lit on fire to my bone marrow splitting apart to numbness in the legs. I also had issues with hands and feet turning blue, chest pain, inexplicable fevers, increased bruising, and an inability to fight off infections. My muscles in the legs have atropied despite my work being very exercise intensive (with restraining animals in excess of 200lbs).

MRI's of the spine were clean excluding one area of decreased nerve signal (a neurosurgeon thought it might be a cyst but the myelogram was clean). No signs of MS plaques and evoked potentials were normal. Lymes disease testing was negative.

So on to the positives. My ANA was positive homogeneous pattern 1/320 titer. CK was 311 IU/L. But my sed rate was 7 and SS-A IgG and SS-B IgG Autoantibodies were negative. WBC was 5.6 and lymphocytes were slightly elevated and granulocytes were slightly decreased. All other cbc results were normal.

I know that my blood results do not scream lupus but at this point I am wondering if I should be consulting a rheumatologist. My neurologist doesn't want to make a call of lupus, she would like me to consult with my PCP (he is 2 hours from my home so I would prefer to see a local specialist to make the call if it is indicative of lupus). My CSF has been sent to the Mayo Clinic for testing and I should hear back in 2 weeks or so. In the interim I am curious if I am right in considering these test results suspicious of lupus considering my symptoms.

Any input would be appreciated
Another think that has started recently is seizures (nothing beyond petit mahl yet thank goodness). I also had a horribly inflamed gallbladder that was adhered to my stomach and duodenum and intrahepatic which had to be removed a few months ago (I'm unsure of any correlation between that and my current problems).

Oh and in response to my first answer...there is no cure for lupus only ways to manage the autoimmune response. But I am already using aloe juice when I miss my Carafate for Nsaid induced ulcers and duodenitis. No help from that juice for anything other than the stomach pain.
Sherri T
Overactive Bladder?
For about 6 months now I've been having this uncomfortable and sometimes painful feeling in my lower abdomen... I pinpointed it to be an overactive bladder.

I love sex, and this reoccurring problem is ruining my sex life... As i think the overactive bladder may be causing pain during sex.

Does anyone else have this problem? If so, is there anything you recommend for fast relief? Or at least that would help?


Ps: I'm a teen.
  I've had this problem for years. You need to see a doctor, who may refer you to a urologist or gynecologist. It may be something as simple as medication you need to take. I've actually had a medical procedure done 3 times because I've had so many urinary tract infections and the procedures help alot. Your doctor may also give you an antibiotic pill to take after sex which will help. Also make sure right after sex you use the bathroom.
over the counter medicine for bladder spasms?
is there anything i can get over the counter for bladder spasms. i do not want to go to the doctor again to much money ive already spent 2,000 bucks just to get rid of my bladder infection.
  there is nothing over the counter...You have to see your doctor.
What are the symptons of a bladder infection?
I have this feeling that I have to use the bathroom but I can't seem to go. My mom thinks that it's a bladder infection, but I really don't know. Can you tell me what you feel before a bladder infection?
Crazy Carolina Child
  You can always try taking some Cranberry and Acidophilus. They're available at all health foods stores, Walmart, GNC, etc. If it's just a UTI and not a bladder or kidney infection, then those supplements help. Also, stay away from sugar, sodas, liquor/beer, yeasts, etc until the UTI is gone.

Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms
Lower urinary tract infection (cystitis): The lining of the urethra and bladder becomes inflamed and irritated.

•Dysuria - Pain or burning during urination
•Frequency - More frequent urination (or waking up at night to urinate)
•Urgency - The sensation of not being able to hold urine
•Hesitancy - The sensation of not being able to urinate easily or completely (or feeling that you have to urinate but only a few drops of urine come out)
•Cloudy, bad smelling, or bloody urine
•Lower abdominal pain
•Mild fever (less than 101°F), chills, and "just not feeling well" (malaise)
Upper urinary tract infection (pyelonephritis): Symptoms develop rapidly and may or may not include the symptoms for a lower urinary tract infection.

•Fairly high fever (higher than 101°F)
•Shaking chills
•Flank pain - Pain in your back or side, usually on only one side at about waist level
Alaric Marx
How long does it take for detrol la to start working?
My 6 yr old has some bladder control problems. Her doctor put her on detrol la on tuesday. Her teacher said she went to the bathroom at school like 9 times yesterday. How long does it take to see a change in her control?
thank you for the info.. i love you too mamaw maginia.. i do pray it works too.. i am sure she gets tired of peeing all the time..
  Hi "WenWen"! I am including a link to a site which will give you information on this drug. Here is a part of what the article says:

"When it comes to seeing results, everyone is different. Some people’s symptoms begin to improve as soon as the first week that they take DETROL LA. Most patients continue to improve as they take DETROL LA for several months. So, if you just started taking DETROL LA, be sure to give it a full chance to work. Also make sure to keep taking DETROL LA for as long as your doctor prescribes. If you stop taking DETROL LA, your symptoms may return."

I sure will be praying the medicine starts taking effect real soon! Love you!!! :)
Virginia B (John 16:33)
What happens if you take periactin with a bladder infection?
I'm 19 and my bladder infection keeps coming back even after taking antibiotics. I'm also an ectomorph so I'd really like to pack on some pounds using periactin. But is a bladder infection and periactin a bad combo? Pleaseee helpful info pplz!!
  Periactin is usually used for the treatment of seasonal allergies, so there should not be a conflict. It is an antihistimine.
How do certain drugs, like those used for bladder control, target specific muscles?
I saw an Enablex commercial and wondered.
  a link to some causes of bladder weakness and explanations of how the medicine works

for example, in the below link it says some bladder problems are believed to be caused by lack of hormone. so medicine replacing that hormone strengthens the bladder muscles and fixes the problem.

there are of course more than one reason for weak blader control. I suspect fixing it for the other reasons is simular.

Understanding Bladder Control Medications
eyepopping hideous female troll
Birth control while taking antibiotics?
Im taking tri-cyclen lo and I have just been prescribed apo-sulfatrim for my bladder infection. I was wondering if it inter fears with my birth control. If so would it still be ok to have unprotected sex the day before I take it and 4 days after I finish taking the antibiotics?
  antibiotics does interfere and not make it work. so used something for awhile i'd say. maybe even until you start a new pack,or you'll be prego!
i was puched in my bladder 5 days ago and i have been having pains in my left testicle and my bladder?
i get pains in my bladder when i move around or if i put pressure on my left testicle, i have been to the doctors on Thursday and they said its not swollen and gave me ibuprofen lysine to get rid of the pain and told me the pain would go later next week?
Arfan R
  I would see a doctor. But until you can here are a few links that should help you out. They are all good sources of information from medical professionals
what are the side effects of narcan IV for overdose of demerol IV?
When I was hospitalized with ideopathic pancreatitis I was given an overdose of Demerol IV due to nurses error, The narcan made my body rapidly evacuate bowels, bladder and uncontrollable vomiting. Since my uterus is prolapsing as is my bladder. I have to have a hysterectomy and bladder attachment now at age 42. Is this normal? Usually normal does not appply to me.
Teresa F
  Naloxone 0.1 mg/kg or Narcan is usually given IV to counteract or almost instantaneously reverse ALL of the opiate effects- not just the respiratory depression of the analgesic- Demerol and other narcotics. There are usually no side effects of Narcan. Actually it's a life-saver.

I had to have a hysterectomy at 32. And a bladder lift at 36. Your hysterectomy, vomiting,and diarrhea have nothing to do with your overdose nor the Narcan. Urinary incontinence has many causes. One of them is childbirth and pregnancy and poor support from the pelvic floor muscles. Your bladder and pelvic floor muscles communicate with each other to help hold urine in the bladder without leaking.

In women, the bladder and uterus (womb) lie close to one another and are supported by the same muscles and ligaments. Any surgery that involves a woman's reproductive system — for example, removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) — runs the risk of damaging the supporting pelvic floor muscles, which can lead to incontinence.
what are some ways of treatment for having a pinched nerve in my chest?
i have had severe chest pain im only 24 , its been going on now for 6 months it is miserable they told me i had pleurisy to begin with been taking daypro not helping whatshould i do the doctor said i may have a pinched nerve.
Eric H
  I would get a second opinion for starters, then I would suggest going to a Physio or chiropractor and massage, this can help a lot.
Good Luck!
Take Care
Tracey C
How do I prepare for TWO parents with Alzheimer's disease?
I have been helping my dad take care of his wife who has Alzheimer's disease for 3 months. All of a sudden it's becoming obvious that the same thing is happening to my dad. He has been the one in control. What do I need to do to get prepared for BOTH of them being "lost?"
Judi V
  I'm sorry to hear about your parents. If i was you i would contact the doctor arrange an appointment an discuss it with him as there are medications that can help. It might also be helpful to contact social services an see if they will assess them for some kind of home help/care. There are carers associations you can find on the net that may be able to help you more by offering advise an support. If you were to become their carer you could be entitled to carers allowance just look it up on the DWP website. Hope that helps and good luck.
how does these disease contributes or causes UTI urinary tract infection?
how does these disease contributes or causes UTI urinary tract infection
urinary obstruction
renal stones
overdistetion of the bladder
vesicoureteral reflux
diabetis mellitus
alkalotic urine
advancing age
presence of foley catheter
antucholinergic medication
fecal incontinence
menopausal woman
sexual activity

THANKS A BUNCH in advanced :) this greatly help me in my test! thnk you!
this question is for anyone who has had a Facet Block and may be able to give me information about it. IE:?
Does it help with nerve damegae. I have a herniated disc # c5-6-7 with l arm neck nerve damage. what can expect from this proceedure. 1 more question abt narcotics, am taking loritabs 10/500 three times a day with not much relief. doc says nothing is stronger, has me trying Talwin nx, heard of it. any comments on helpful pain meds?
  I have never been offered a Facet Block and I have a prolapsed disc. However I did meet a lady while visiting a relative in Hospital who was on her fourth facet block? I thought this strange? They put me directly onto Fentanyl, while she was having this block? Anyway it was only when I started asking questions.......
It seems that while you have a herniated disc, not all herniated discs give pain, let alone affect the nerves. Therefore they will want to try this Facet block. If it works then problem solved, if it does not work then the pain, nerve problem is not coming from this herniated disc, but elsewhere. Then they start with the nerve conduct tests, cut back on the pain killers and so on. That is why they are not offering you Fentanyl, because from the type of disc hernia, they do not think is causing the pain and symptoms you are describing. Therefore the Facet Block will tell.
I did not 'ask' for any pain killers, thought they would operate, instead I got the Fentanyl, as the MRI was conclusive. Best of Luck
Bladder INfection?
How long did yours take to clear up? I got medication this morning and the condition started yesterday. Please tell me. I am experienceing severe pain after I pass urine and my bladder contracts. I am even afraid to go to the bathroom.
◄☯♫ vanitee of vanitees ♫☯►
  are you taking antibiotics for it? leviquin will clear it up in 3 days, other antibiotics take 7-10 days to complete your medication dosage. Did they do a UA on you or a culture or both? was there blood in the urine? key-tones? did they explain it to you some? Peridium is usually given for bladder pain and Valium for bladder spasms, macrodantin is another for UTI's. I have chronic bladder problems of the worse kind, (operations one), but part of my disease is frequent UTI's, patients of my nature have to take medication all the time. Symptoms may pass after a couple of days but complete what ever medications they gave you, even if you feel better, if it is antibiotics. Go to the bathroom if you feel you have to go, just don't strain. Drink plenty of water! You probably have another day or two before you start feeling yourself again. Good luck
I've had sort of a painless cystitus for two months, no pain.?
But urinary frequency is very troubling. Tried Detrol and Enablex, didn't help. Did anyone else have this problem?
The urologist said I had had a minor bladder infection which had cleared up, but left the bladder irritated.
  Have you been diagnosed with cystitis? There are many other causes for urinary frequency besides cystitis. If you haven't already, check with your doctor to be sure you aren't becoming diabetic, developing interstitial cystitis, or have any other factor causing your frequency.

You didn't say how old you are, but sometimes frequency can be related to menopause.
Bad Kitty!
I seem to be having bladder control issues I have tried Detrol, Oxytrol and now Vesicare. ?
The Vesicare seemed to work the best but is has now been a little over a month since I started using it and it has now stopped working. I am 40 years old and wearing adult diapers. I have noticed that the severity of my loss of control seems to be a big issue when it gets close to what would be my time of the month. Even thou I no longer have a period due to surgery. My Doctor says it is not the result of child bearing my children were both c-sections. Does anybody know of any other options I can try.
I have also tried drinking cranberry juice in the past and am doing so now but doesn't seem to be working.
  You implied that you've talked to your doctor about this. Have you seen a specialist? (a urologist or, better yet, a urogynecologist)? It's probably time that you got a referral to one of these.

First of all, incontinence is very common among young women. The good news is that it is curable in most cases. There are several treatments available, and they vary depending on the specific type of incontinence you're having. The drugs you mentioned are good for urge incontinence, (aka overactive bladder), characterized by sudden, strong urges to urinate that you sometimes can't control. If you're having stress incontinence (leakage of smaller amounts of urine when you cough, laugh, sneeze, or exercise), the medications are not as effective. However, exercises/physical therapy/biofeedback, and occasionally surgery are effective. It is common to have this problem even if you haven't been pregnant or if you've given birth by caesarian, so I wouldn't rule this out just because of that.

So I'd definitely talk to the doctor again and ask for a referral. In the meantime, there are better products than "adult diapers". Have you tried anything else?

I hope you feel better soon. Please feel free to contact me. I can relate!
Rachel M
If you have interstitial cystitis can it cause you to have bladder infections?
I've noticed I have similar symptoms to interstitial cystitis. I had on and off bladder infections from May of last year to February of this year no idea why doctors couldnt do anything except give me antibiotics for it to cure it. Is it possible that if I have interstitial cystitis that's why I had bladder infections??
  Cystitis is basically bladder infection. So you do have a bladder infection. For you to treat your cystitis and don't want it to return forever there is one simple thing you could do. Take lots of water. Compute the volume at 50 ml/kg/day. The urinary bladder is part of our excretory system and most metabolic wastes pass through it. Bacteria are basically scavengers and they feast on dirt. They are happy and thrive well if the environment where they are in are full of dirt which is their food. The best way to eliminate wastes thoroughly is through flushing it with much water. Eliminate their food and they die and are gone. Water is the best cleansing agent and this is what you need, not antibiotics. Water is more natural, safer and cheaper option. Make it a habit to take much water and you will not only enjoy relief from your cystitis but also better health. A cleaner internal environment is the best approach to wellness.
Cmd Ok na dok
Enablex and overactive bladder?
yeah, my doc prescribed Emblex to me for overactive bladder; will i be able to function with out it if i decide to stop taking it.??
  I guess it depends on what you mean by "function". Just a guess that you went to see your doctor due to a symptom. the medication will help that.
Bill T
What is the survival rate of someone with bladder cancer?
My friend has an aggressive cancer where the bladder has to be removed. I want to give him encouragement and have searched for medical opinions. What are your experiences?
  Bladder cancer is considered to be primarily a disease of older, white males and relatively rare in women, however, the prevelance of bladder cancer in women is comparable to the number of women with cervical and ovarian cancer:
Total women with bladder cancer: 161,000
Total women with ovarian cancer: 175,000
Total women with cervical cancer: 184,000

It is estimated that men with bladder cancer outnumber the women by 3 or 4 to 1. The overall 5-year survival rate for women with bladder cancer is 78 percent, which is equivalent to the 10-year survival rate in men. The 10-year survival rate in women, 69 percent, is equivalent to the 15-year survival rate in men. This means that women with bladder cancer survive 5 years less than men. Delay in treatment appears to be correlated with a disproportionately higher death rate among women with bladder cancer, who are diagnosed 6 to 9 months later than men.
Victor Phua
Does anyone you know suffer from Interstitial Cystitis?
I have "Interstitial Cystitis" bladder disease and was wondering what kind of treatment works for them?
  I have it, and honestly, not much works. What DOES seem to work, however, is avoiding foods that seem to make a flare-up worse. For me it's anything green, cranberry juice, and soda that make it worse.

Medications, like a combination of ibueprofin and vicodin helped me.

A former teacher of mine who had it got a surgery that fixed it.
bladder cancer?
my grammy just found out tht she has bladder cancer & they r going 2 do chemotherapy on her. i was wondering if there r any home remedies for it? i am really upset about it so anything wud help right now! thank you
  Bladder cancer is treatable, follow the doctors' instructions. As far as home remedies, try laughter, the endorphins released seem to strengthen the immune system. Also lots of love. Rent some comedies from her generation, get a few pieces of dark chocolate (not milk) for when she needs a fix.

God Bless and good luck.
Cefuroxime (Ceftin) effect on birth control pills? How long after is it fine to have unprotected sex?
I'm taking this antibiotic to treat a bladder infection. I read that you need to use another form of birth control while on this if you are having sex.. I've been using condoms but how long after can I stop using condoms once I finish the antibiotic pills?
They only say it may make the pills less effective and could result in pregnancy. doesn't say how long after it effects it
  Read the notes that come with the pills.
why do they use a catheter to the bladder in a coronary artery bypass?
What's the purpose of that?
Or is that just around the bladder to access the femoral artery
  A urinary catheter is not usually needed for procedures lasting less than an hour. Unless the surgery involves the urogenital system.
There is no absolute time limit, but for procedures lasting more than about 3-4 hours we would normally put in a urinary catheter.
As always, there are benefits and risks to placing a urinary catheter. Among the benefits: the bladder does not become distended (which may interfere with surgery in some cases, creates discomfort, and even increases in heart rate and blood pressure) and the amount of urine produced can be monitored.
Among the drawbacks: an increased risk of bladder or urine infection, and catheter-related discomfort when the person awakens from the anesthesia.
The need for a urinary catheter can be limited by giving less fluid during the case, but this is not always possible.
In many cases, the urinary catheter can be withdrawn very soon after the end of the procedure.
If you have particular concerns about this, please discuss with your anesthesiologist and surgeon.
gangadharan nair
How fast does bladder cancer grow?
A relative of mine recently had a CT scan and a spot was noticed on her bladder. She was referred to a urologist, but the appointment was made 1 month from now! Is that too long of a wait if this is indeed cancer?
  Bladder cancers are typically slow growing and about 70% are single papillary lesions that are least likely to infiltrate.
bladder infection?
I've got a bladder infection, but I cant go to the doctor until Monday. I'm taking Azo and cranberry pills, is there anything else I should do?
  I would recommend an urgent care facility, or one of those clinics that are now showing up in many drugstores like CVS that have the Minute Clinic.
Anyone women have experience with the bladder sling for incontinence ?
After having two kids it was recommended that I have the bladder sling put it, does any one have experince with thsi device and are you happy with it? Do you regret having it done? Did it help you ? Any side effects or words of wisdom you care to share about it would be appreciated. Thank you.
  I have never had a bladder sling put in but my mother has. She seems to enjoy it! She no longer wets herself when she laughs to hard or sneezes to hard! I think that was the best thing that she has ever done because now she can enjoy life without having to worry about them little slip ups!!
Vanessa W
My dr treated my sciatic nerve pain with a depo-medrol injection, is the common?
I went to webmd and there's nothing there about treating sciatic nerve pain with depo-medrol. It was 1cc injected IM (my hip). What can I expect as a result of this shot? Am I going to gain weight? Can I still take my Prozac in conjunction with (I forgot to tell my doctor that my gyn has me on Sarafem)?
Thanks for your kind and informative responses.
  I was give 3 esi's (epidural steroid injections) plus cortozone shots every couple of months none of this helped, I am consedering surgery.
Overactive bladder?
I have an overactive bladder, if i go on something like enablex drug, will i have to take it for the rest of my life.
  no, you can take it for Short time
you should see your doctor to know what is the cause of overactive bladder it may be UTI , cystitis or prostatic enlargement if you above 60 years old
Dr.amr helmy
Bladder Infection?
What are some effective home remedies for ridding of a bladder infection?
marina m
  You've been spending a lot of time groping your way to the bathroom. You need to go a lot. But when you get there—well, not much happens. And when it does, it burrrnnnns.

Drink lots of fluids. This is probably the single most important tip, for two reasons: comfort and health.

"Some women get a UTI and think, 'Aha! It only burns when I go to the bathroom,' " says Dr. Cohen. "They then reason that they won't have to go if they don't drink, so they don't—which is absolutely the worst thing they can do."

The reason: The longer any amount of urine stays in the bladder, the more bacteria there are in it—E. coli doubles its population about every 20 minutes, according to Dr. Staskin. More bacteria mean more pain.

"Absolutely the best thing a woman can do to fight the burning is drink fluids to flush out the bacteria that are causing the inflammation," Dr. Cohen says.

"There's a very strong argument for drinking more fluid both to prevent UTIs and to treat them," Dr. Staskin says. "Studies have been performed where bacteria were mechanically introduced into the bladders of volunteers. But voiding just twice effectively sterilized the bladder."

Message: The more you drink, the sooner the pain will stop. And a hint: If your urine's clear, you're drinking enough. If it's colored, you're not.

Take a hot bath. "This helps relieve pain for many women," says Richard J. Macchia, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Urology at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn College of Medicine. "I don't think anyone's researched the exact mechanisms involved, but a hot bath often seems to help where there's inflammation."

Take aspirin or ibuprofen. "These are anti-inflammatories, and they do help some people," Dr. Macchia says. "They reduce the inflammation in the bladder, and the less inflammation, the less burning."

Take vitamin C. "About 1,000 milligrams taken throughout the day will acidify the urine enough to interfere with bacterial growth," Dr. Macchia says. "This is a good idea if you're having problems with reinfection or have recurrence in the middle of nowhere without quick access to medical help." Caution: Some antibiotics prescribed for bladder infections don't work will in acidic urine, so tell your doctor if you're taking vitamin C. Also tell him how much you're taking. Vitamin C is not toxic, but 1,000 milligrams is considered a large dose and should have your doctor's approval.

Back away. Wiping from front to back helps prevent infection from recurring, the doctors say. Wiping the wrong way is one of the most common causes of infection and a good way to get repeat infections. Wiping away is pure common sense, you want to move bacteria away from, not toward, the vagina and the opening of the urethra.

Go to the bathroom before intercourse. This helps flush out bacteria that may be present in the vagina, the experts say—bacteria that otherwise might be pushed into the bladder by intercourse.

Go to the bathroom after intercourse. This is where the myth of your partner's involvement gets its start—and like most myths, there's a grain of truth to this one, according to Dr. Staskin. A man's penis can massage bacteria present in the opening of the urethra into the bladder. Voiding effectively "rinses" the bladder out.

"There's no doubt that UTIs are more common in sexually active women," Dr. Cohen says. "But that's more the result of not knowing how to protect themselves than of sexual activity itself. If bacteria have been pushed into the bladder, urinating will flush most of them out."

Reconsider the diaphragm. "Diaphragms have been documented as major contributors to those who have stubborn, repeated bladder infections," Dr. Staskin says. "Two mechanisms are probably involved: Bacteria colonize the diaphragm itself, which is then inserted deep into the vagina, and the diaphragm interferes with bladder emptying, which means that bacteria already there aren't flushed out."

If this description fits you, you might want to talk to your doctor about another method of birth control.

Use pads instead of tampons. "No one's absolutely certain why certain women seem more susceptible to reinfection, but vaginal manipulation of some sort—sex, inserting the diaphragm, putting a tampon in—always seems to precede it," says Joseph Corriere, M.D., director of the Division of Urology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

"I advise those of my patients experiencing chronic infection at the time of menstruation to quit using tampons and replace them with pads," he says.

Practice good hygiene. Good hygiene means wearing cotton underwear that keeps you dry, avoiding tight pants that decrease ventilation, and most of all, keeping clean—but sensibly clean.

"If you don't bathe to remove bacteria in the perineal region [between vagina and rectum], obviously you run the risk of repeated infection," Dr. Staskin says. "But too much can be as bad as too little. Douching constantly can both introduce bacteria into the vagina and rinse out the normal "friendly," noninfectious vaginal bacteria, which are then replaced with infectious E. coli. Irritation of the urethra may occur, which may feel like another UTI. Strong antibacterial soaps can do the same thing—and change the vaginal flora enough to make the individual more susceptble to infection."

The point: Be clean, but don't be obsessed.

You could also try to drink canberry juice, I heard that works too....
I was put on prednisone and now have facial nerve damage. Anyone else out there that is going through this?
I experienced sudden servere headache. Horrible, horrible head pain. Weakness on my right side. Vision in my right eye was extremely blurred. No one could touch me I hurt so bad. Went to the doctor who said I had bells palsy. I lost alot of the hearing in my right ear and it also was painful. Dr. wrote down that she did a C-scan and results were negative. She never did a C-scan so I don't know what she is talking about. She put me on prednisone but since then I read not to take prednisone if you are taking any vaccines. I was in the middle of my Hepitits B series. I understand it can cause nerve damage. I have nerve damage now all over the right side of my face! I understand that this doctor shouldn't have put me on prednisone since I was taking my Hep. B shots. Anyone else out there that has been injured by taking prednisone (deltasone)? Anyone out there that knows of a class action suit against the manufacturer for this drug? No one will come against this doctor for me
  I would get as much documentation proof as you can and call as many attorneys as you can with your story. Someone will do it for you. I had to file lawsuit against a hospital once because my ex husband was hearing impaired and they didn't provide us with an interpreter. We had a valid case, but needed to find an attorney to take the case without money upfront. It just takes persistence and documentations. We won the lawsuit forcing that hospital to change it's policies for the hearing impaired. Be prepared, and persistent. Good luck.

whats the best medicine you can get at the pharmacy for overactive bladder?
i am 15 years old, male. i think i have a overactive bladder because i took the symptom quiz and it tested the i do have oab. i have to pee almost every hour... and it gets very annoying. does anyone know the name of the medicine that helps oab?
nick k
  Men generally do not have overactive bladder. Generally speaking, high amount of urination in men happen when they are older and have enlarged prostate.
In your case, I'll be thinking more on the lines of a small bladder or hormonal problems. I would go to a physician and discuss this issue.
Overactive bladder is more of a female problem. There are no OTCs for this, but there are a number of Rx drugs.
What is the Perscription Carbatrol used for... and also what is the Perscription Tegretol used for....?
I saw a Neurologist for a very severe nerve pain coming from my left temple and jaw down to my teeth area and it also caused me severe headache. I am concerned about the effects these perscriptions may have and how they will work. This problem started as a result of a lot of Dental work and so far it seems that my jaw has been out of place causing this severe nerve pain. I will appreciate any help anyone can give.
  Carbatrol is used for ADHD in adults, seizures and nerve pain, an there are side effects. Tegretol is used to treat seizures, nerve pain, bipolar disorder, and Trigeminal neuralgia (also known as tic douloureux), a nerve condition that causes episodes of facial pain ( typically cheek or jaw pain). There are side effects with it also. The pharmacist can give you printed out literature on all the side effects on all the medication. You can also research it yourself on the web md site or Hope this was helpful.Feel better!!
The doctor just said i probably have bladder spasms? 10 points please answer?
but its my vagina that hurts! i told her this and she wanted to test me for chlamidia but im 14 and never had sex, so she says its spasms of bladder, but can it make the lips of the vagina hurt?
  It's all connected,
Try this site:
i think i irriated my urethra by irrigation?
I have spina bifida so i have to irrigation the bladder with sterile water however i put vinegar instead to irrigate my bladder. The pain has been there for 2 days now. I have clean pee and i can't hold it i just urinate all over so i use a diaper. What can i do to stop this pain.
  Why did you use vinegar--did you suspect you had a bladder infection? This is not a good idea. I hope you see a doctor as soon as possible, as incontinence can be a symptom of UTI. Pyrdium is a urinary analgesic you get can over the counter. It's called AZO and Uristat. It is only for temporary relief and will not cure anything. Good luck.
anyone have success with Chiropractor treating a pinched nerve in the C-5 disk?
I am a healthy 63 yo. male, Mri-diagnosed with a pinched nerve in the C-5 disk. This results in pain in both shoulders. I've had 2 cortisone shots in the back of my right shoulder and 2 epidural injections in the disk, with no relief.
Over the counter meds and prescription drug Ansaid haven't helped.
I'm considering a Chiropractor.
So much for the retirement years!
Any suggestions....I want to play golf again
albert g
  Then chiropractic is the way to go~ i see allot of patients your age with the same problem. The chiropractor should have you back on the golf course in no time.
Kevin Smith
BLadder infection. ?
Ok I'm pretty sure I have a bladder infection. It feels like I have to pee every second. And when I so its blood. And it hurts.I no its gross but what will help for the pain until I can get to a doctor? Plz help I'm in so much pain M this is getting annoying
  Yep. Bladder infection. Generally though you don't have bleeding unless it's affected the kidneys. Do you have pain in your lower back? (flank area) If so, I would head to the ER. Kidney infections can be deadly if left untreated. In fact, bladder infections hurt so bad I would still go to the ER for the antibiotics and pain pills that numb your urethra so you can pee free of pain. If you want to wait though, there's not much you can do besides drinking as much water as possible to help flush out the infection, but that will cause you to pee all night which contributes to the pain. I know the grocery stores (most) carry over the counter meds to help the pain(Azo is the name), but it never worked for me. But it might be worth a try. Hang in there!
Lyrica, how long did it take for you to start noticing any decrease in pain?
I started taking Lyrica for sciatica and neuropathy (non-diabetic, pinched sciatic nerve) 4 days ago and so far it's not doing a thing, in fact my pain level is very near what it is when I need to go to the ER. So, how long does it generally take to start working? Thanks.
My first pregnancy(3.5 years ago) I had sciatic pain from the 5-9months, labor (21 hours, 4 of which was pushing) bulged the disk @L5/S1, second pregnancy erupted the disk. MRI shows the disk impinging the sciatic nerve. Just had another MRI yesterday, disk seems to have shifted, pain down both legs now rather than just the right leg. Also rt. leg numb from hip to toes. Neuro says surgery is last option, often not effective. DX: spinal stenosis, early arthritic changes, erupted disk L5/S1. Just talked to pain management doc again today, says starting me slow on Lyrica (50mg 1/day at bedtime) due to the sometimes bad effects of full dosage. Will build up to full dose so right now I'm not likely to see any difference. Also taking Lortab 5 (1@bedtime), not much help. Lortab only works 2-3 days then quits, does nothing for nerve pain. Only thing that helps for moderate nerve pain for me is Meprigan fortis.
dibzz d
  Lyrica itself takes about 3 weeks to give you the relief it is intended. And is a wonderful drug!! I suffer from the same as you and have found the most relief from lyrica. However, it isn't the only thing that I take. I must have pain relievers as well. Especially while the nerve is still pinched
When you say pinched, do you mean by a disc? Because alot of times if a disc has ruptured into the sciatic nerve, the disc needs to be taken care of before any relief is found.
This type of condition is EXTREMELY painful and lyrica alone will never help it.
So, in answer, give the Lyrica some time, but if you are not on additional pain relievers with the state of your condition right now you should be.
I hope you get some relief from your pain soon,
Can a UTI or bladder infection cause bedwetting?
My girlfriend has been complaining of frequently having the urge to urinate but not passing much urine.She says she feels a little fatigued & lacks energy.Last night she urinated while she was sleeping.She is very embarrassed about it.Could she have a UTI/Bladder infection & could that have caused the bedwetting?
Dom Hollow
  That sounds exactly like a UTI/bladder infection. I diagnose them by just such symptoms every day and I'm betting the accuracy is well over 90%. Send her in to her doc right away, before it progresses. They will test her and probably start her on and antibiotic like Cipro (which is what my wife just got done taking).

If the symptoms perdist after the medicine run, report it back right away as these little buggers can hide in the bladder and keep coming back if the antibiotic wasn't strong enough or the right one. My mother had one that took 6 months and 4 different antibiotics to finally kill. As you might guess, there is sometimes as much art as science in figuring out what will work for each person and their particular bug.

At this point, home remedies like drinking cranberry juice will NOT work. Have her make the appointment TODAY.

Tell her: In the future, drink cran juice to help prevent more infections. Always pee completely out so urine doesn't sit in the bladder and let infections grow. Pee before and after sex. Same with washing. Take showers instead of baths as that lets gravity take bacteria down the drain. Baths let water into the vagina and urethra that can have bacteria in it.

Once you have had one UTI/bladder infection, you will be more vulnerable to them compared to someone who has never had one. Most people who get one WILL get them again, so do all you can to minimize the risks...
Best wishes,
Ed, RN
Is there a difference between bladder infections and urinary tract infections?
I've comonly been diagnosed with Bladder Infections, but there was a time I was told I had a Urinary Tract Infection. The only difference I noted was that during Bladder Infections I didn't pee out blood like when I had a urinary tract infection. I was just wondering if there is a difference or if they are both the same?
Kristin S
  Yes they are the same try drinking more cranberry juice NOT cranberry juice cocktail just cranberry juice, it will help your body clean out all the ickys
My dog is peeing blood and has bladder cancer, is there anything I can do?
I have an 11 1/2 year old Golden Retriever. She was diagnosed with a tumor in her bladder about a month ago. She is on piroxicam (10 mg once a day). The bleeding is bad but we know there is nothing we can do about removing the tumor. Is this a normal side effect?
Our wonderful dog and family member passed away this passed Sunday. We will never forget her!
  I don’t know much about cancer in our 4 legged loved ones, but blood in the urine is the number one symptom of bladder cancer in humans and it is logical for it to be the same in a dog. I am so sorry, I know he or she is your baby.
Should i tell my teacher i have an overactive bladder?
I'm in 6th grade and i have a teacher that won't let me go to the bathroom. Like i said i have an overactive bladder and can't wait that long to go. So should i just tell her the truth?
Sarah Hughes
  Definitely. If you have to wait a whole period, (if you are in middle school) then that is totally bad. I know your teacher will understand with a doctor's or a parent's note.
i keep wetting my pants due to an overactive bladder, what should i do?
i have ruined many pants in and out of school and need to wash them persistantly due to my overactive bladder, anything to help?
  go buy some diapers or carry a bottle
does anyone Know where i can contact an expert on mad cow disease?
I am a student doing a whole project on a disease, i picked mad cow disease. i have to do a research paper and a bibliography. I'd really like to contact an expert on mad cow disease, BSE, or cruetzfield jacob disease so i can ask questions and use him as a source on my bibliography.
  Cotact a university in your area which has a medical school.
What is the difference between a bladder infection and a urinary tract infection?
I have had both both but I never really understood the difference. A bladder infection obviously affects your bladder opposed to your urinary tract and the UTI affects the urinary tract. How do the symptoms differ? Are they both treated the same way? Thanks
  The symptoms of both are about the same, with the exception of pain / discomfort in the pelvic area (for bladder infection) and the kind of urine you pass (cloudy / strong smelling for cystitis and bacteria in the urine for a UTI.

Bladder infection (cystitis) symptoms

■A strong, persistent urge to urinate
■A burning sensation when urinating
■Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
■Blood in the urine (hematuria)
■Passing cloudy or strong-smelling urine
■Discomfort in the pelvic area
■A feeling of pressure in the lower abdomen
■Low-grade fever

UTI symptoms
■A strong, persistent urge to urinate
■A burning sensation when urinating
■Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
■Blood in the urine (hematuria) or cloudy, strong-smelling urine
■Bacteria in the urine (bacteriuria)
Robert W
How long does the nerve block meds they use to stitch you up last in your bloodstream?
I just had stitches put in my leg today. I am having to have a drug test Monday. Will the nerve block meds they used (Marcaine) still be in my system?

How long does it take before it's out of your blood system?

Will it show up on a drug test?
pat w
  It's possible but as long as you tell them what type of drug was used they should be able to state "If it comes back positive you will need proof" which you simply get that from the doctor and all should be fine.
You may still get the job or keep your job be re-tested at a later date.
Mignon F
Can you recover from overactive bladder?
also do u know anyone who's young and has overactive bladder? do you think you can get better from it?
  You need to ask your doctor. There is medication for it, but you may need an operation.
Riding My Pony
Interstitial Cystitis..........................?
I have dx of Interstitial Cystitis. When my bladder urgency/frequency gets at its worst, I have very bad lower back pain as opposed to bladder pain. Has anybody else with IC experienced this?
  Yes I was Dx about 5 years ago and before that I was suffering for about 2 years before the doctors ever dx the problem. They just kept telling me that I was having UTIs which I knew better, but anyway, yes my lower right side of my back, like right over my kidney hurts constantly. Sometimes the pain is terrible. This is a very serious and painful condition which most people dont understand. It always helps to have someone to talk to about the same things you are going through. If you would like to email me, its

Good Luck to you~!
My # 1 is due 04/25/10
Interstitial cystitis or bladder spasms?
I'm going to a urologist next week for treatment of interstitial cystitis and bladder spasms. I was just wondering what tests do they do? How long does it take to feel better?
  They will put a catheter up your urethra (I can see you cringing from here), inject your bladder with a potassium solution, then drain your bladder, then inject your bladder again with a mild saline solution. If you feel more pain with the potassium solution, then you likely have interstitial cystitis. I took meds for five years, and I no longer take the meds and have very few symptoms. I wish you the best—I know exactly what you're going through, and it's not fun. What helped me most was a low-dose, long-term antibiotic (Macrobid). Antibiotics are not supposed to help people with I.C., but it helped me, so my doctor prescribed it. He changed my life for the better. I am eternally grateful to him. GOOD LUCK!!
Overactive bladder possibly?
So I always feel the urge to go, like I might pee myself. School was very hard! I couldn't focus! And between every class I would go, in class...I felt like people might judge me! My teachers...friends...I have been to the doctor many times, gynecologist, family doctor..had ultrasounds...I was told it had to do with my period. I'm a fifteen-year-old girl who hasn't started my period yet. The urges come like every 2 months maybe, and last for maybe a month? It's random&has just started happening recently. (Past 4 months) It is not a bladder infection, medicine didn't work...tests came out negative. My gynecologist told me to take Ibuprofen&heating pads...barely helped. School will be starting soon&I am really nervous. I feel like I am always going to the bathroom! No one has mentioned Overactive Bladder to me. Could this be me? And I read about Toviaz helping OAB. Does it? Any store brand of this? And can I take it at my age? Please help me.:)
I drink as much water as I can at home to flush out my bladder! But at school or in the mornings, I drink nothing! My mom tells me I'm going to get dehydrated...but I can never tell if I really have to go or not! So I don't drink anything....which sucks bc I get so thirsty. Can someone help please?:)
  I am sorry girl. Well all I can tell you is to not drink lots of water,juice,soda or,any other beverage during school. That way you wont have to go during classes and you wont worry. If you get thirsty just drink alittle water and then go to the restroom. Hope I helped. : )
Can a combined yeast infection and bladder infection cause a delay in your period?
I have a yeast infection and a bladder infection! My period was due around last week, but that's also when both of my infections had started. (The bladder infection could have started earlier.) I heard that a yeast infection usually doesn't delay your period, but what about both of them combined?

I'm taking medication for both of them now as well.
  I was always told that too. That a yeast infection never delays a period and blah blah blah blah.

Ok, I've had about 4-5 if not more yeast infections and EVERY TIME it has delayed my period. I'm pretty convinced it does.
Are there less toxic chemotherapeutic agents than gemzar and carboplatin for treating bladder cancer?
stage IV bladder cancer?
My husband received these prior to surgery and now in a debilitated state still requires more chemotherapy. Without going to just paliative drugs, I was wondering if there were some other less toxic agents available at this point. Yes, I am in touch with the oncologist.
  Oh Susie.......I feel that by asking questions of this nature - Y!A isn't the right place.

Try this (see Side Effects)
and this (see Side Effects)

Unfortunately, I'm not aware of Toxicity Levels, but I am (as you should be) more concerned with Side Effects, rather than doseage and strength - there again, I'm not totally familiar with your Husband's sickness.

I wish you both - all the luck in the world.
Bob M
The basis of this question is "Is Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Disease an acute or chronic disease?"?
I am not quite clear sure how to distungish an acute disease and what is a chronic disease ...i know that acute diseases are short term and chronic disease are long term ..simply...thank you in advance
  Acute conditions are severe and sudden in onset. A chronic condition is a long developing condition where symptoms may worsen over time. BPHD is a chronic condition. If the enlargement causes the man to be unable to void urine, he can develop acute urinary retention as a result. The BPHD may not need treatment, but the urinary retention will. The man will still have BPHD, though, unless you remove the prostate- even if you do successfully treat the retention problem. Asthma is a chronic condition, the asthma attack is an acute problem. Hope this clears it for you.
The mom
Has anyone ever had bladder spasms following a major surgery & how long do they last?
My mom had surgery on her spine 2 weeks ago and she has been having bladder spasms ever since. The doctors have been giving her perscriptions that last for only 2 days because apparently it's strong stuff, and you shouldnt be on it long. It seems like they should be clearing up by now. Does anyone know how long they could last.
Katie T
  bladder spasms are not uncommon with spinal surgery, and they can be a life long problem from the surgery on. Is she being attended by a urologist? if not you may want to consult one.
How long does it take for an inflammation of the bladder to go away?
My doctor told me that I have an inflammation of my bladder. It started after I got a UTI. The UTI is now gone, but i do have an inflammation. The doctor put me on Elmiron and Vesicare and told me to take it for a year and then I should be fine. I've been taking it for 4 months now, I do feel better but the symptoms come and go. I was wondering when it will completely go away?
  Why not ask your doctor?
Greg L
How does Neurontin work on the nerves to stop pain?
I have a herniaed disk in my lower spine and was prescriped neurontin 300 mg to take only at night. A friend has neuropathy caused by diabiets and he was prescribed 300 mg neurontin to take 3 times a day. He was told by his care provider that the neurontin burned out the nerve endings to stop the pain. What we really want to know is, How does Neurontin actually work on the nerves? Does it destroy the nerve endings?
  Neurontin (brand name) is gabapentin. It slows nerve synapses between the nerves. It does not destroy nerve endings. I am on 3600 mg a day now, and the feeling in my feet is close to normal, whereas before they would burn and tingle. It is used as an anti-seizure medication, and people have been on it for years. It is now available generically as gabapentin, and will save you a TON of money if you get the generic medication. Your friends care provider is someone who he should NEVER SEE AGAIN, in my opinion, as that is so unprofessional.
Does Cubital Tunnel Syndrome/Ulnar Nerve Damage cause Twitching Muscles?
While doing homework, I stood up and experienced sudden pain in my left elbow. Within an hour, my hand swelled and I started to experience tingling. In spite of various diagnosis by doctors and attempts at cures, I am still experiencing pain in my elbow, as well as tingling and weakness and some swelling. Finally a hand orthopedic surgeon diagnosed me with Cubital Tunnel Syndrome/Ulnar Nerve Damage, gave me drugs (Lodine XL) and a brace to wear.

The past two days, that same arm has been twitching off and on, right above and below my elbow. Is this common with Cubital Tunnel Syndrome/Ulnar Nerve Damage, a side effect of the drugs, or could it be a sign of a misdiagnoses? Should I contact my doctor and let him know? Is there anything I can do to make them go away?
I forgot to mention, the original "injury" if you want to call it that occurred three months ago.
  I am sure by now that you know the anatomy of the elbow and how the ulnar nerve drops down on the inside or medial aspect of the elbow. Pressure, a direct blow, or a spur in the canal will cause problems. You are describing what could easily be from continued pressure or it is possible that the nerve is just calming down. I would definitely contact the doctor and make him aware of the problem. He may want to bring you in for another examination. They might want to do an EMG to see if there is something specific that is impeding course of the nerve.
Richard C
What are the chances of surviving bladder cancer?
My aunt was diagnosed with bladder cancer for the second time. I don't think she got radiation the first time around. Does she have a good chance at surviving again?

  You are not giving us any information to answer you!
75% of bladder cancers are found when they are non-invasive and most of these do recur without progression so based on this she will probably be fine, but as I said you are not providing any information to know.
What do bladder spasms feel like?
I'm a 23 year old female and am worried that I am experiencing bladder spasms but am a little unsure as to what they feel like. What do they feel like and where do you feel them? In the abdomen or near the urethra? Thanks!
If Im taking 4 tablets a day of penicillin for a UTI, how soon should this horrible burning sensation go away? I just started my penicillin tonight (2 tablets).

Is this buring sensation normal? How about a desire to urinate but only having 5ml come out? What about having less control of my bladder (urine just flying out)?
  In a couple of days the burning and frequency should have abated. You will probably start to feel some relief by tomorrow.
Penicillin is a broad spectrum antibiotic which works quickly. In the meantime, try to avoid any high acid intake (Citrus, tomato, pepper and even aspirin).

I hope you feel better soon. Don't forget to finish your prescription completely.
Can I take orlistat weight loss pills if contraindicated for persons with gall bladder removal?
I have had gall bladder removed three years ago. Want to try "alli" orlistat tablets to help lose weight as BMI 33. I do not understand why they are contraindicated for this condition.
  I would be really careful taking Alli because the way it blocks fat can really mess with your system if you've had problems like this before. I would definitely talk to your doctor if you aren't sure. This isn't a quick fix - it will mostly just help you to lose weight faster with a healthy diet and exercise. I don't think it's worth the risk for you with these past health problems.
Can you develop incontinence from being hit in the bladder/penis region?
Could you develop incontinence from being hit by an object in the general area of the penis/bladder? I recently tripped and landed in this area on the edge of the table and i can no longer feel the urge to pee until really late. (happened less than 24 hours ago)
Stevan Gran
  If the blow was as bad as you say it was, it is possible for there to be problems with the bladder. You really need to check with a doctor to see if this is just a temporary thing or if this will be permanent.
Can you develop incontinence from being hit in the bladder/penis region?
Could you develop incontinence from being hit by an object in the general area of the penis/bladder? I recently tripped and landed in this area on the edge of the table and i can no longer feel the urge to pee until really late. (happened less than 24 hours ago)

  If the blow was as bad as you say it was, it is possible for there to be problems with the bladder. You really need to check with a doctor to see if this is just a temporary thing or if this will be permanent.
Can a person with Crohn's disease also be a Celiac?
I have a student who has Crohn's disease, which is an autoimmune disorde,r but she also seems to be gluten intollerant. When she comsumes wheat she has IBS type flare ups which her parents have been attributing to the Crohn's disease but I have not been able to find any correlation between Crohn's disease and gluten intollerance. However, Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder, so I was wondering if she could be affected by both.
overflow incontinence or urge incontinence?
The patient is a 72-year-old woman who reports new-onset incontinence. She reports three or four episodes of voiding a large amount of urine involuntarily when outside her home. She sensed a full bladder but was unable to find a bathroom quickly. She states,” When I have to go, I really have to go right then.” She does not use a diuretic and has no history of diabetes. She says she tries to drink very little, especially when she is “out and about” so that she will remain dry. Her only health problem is osteoporosis; she takes vitamin D and calcium supplements. She states that both of her sisters have the same urinary problem.

this is a case study that is given to me as homework but im stuck. right now i have to determine if the client has overflow incont- or urge incont-... i can't seem to differentiate them... i was thinking that the client in this case study has overflow incontinence which basically is incont- due to a decrease in sphincter control. so if the client has a full bladder, it would just come out. but then there is also urge incont- where the client only gets a warning of a few seconds to few minutes to go.. which is the best answer?

  Overflow and stress incontinence
how do you know you have an overactive bladder?
how do you know if you have an overactive bladder and what could having an overactive bladder afect?
  by the frequency of micturation ,
Does Gabapentin help with nerve pain created by have had open heart surgery when they crack your chest open?
I had open heart surgery and have a problem with numbness and sharp burning pain across my chest. It has been diagnosed as nerve pain from the nerves across my chest that were cut opening my chest to perform the bypass. I was put on Gabapentin for it and have been told that if it still exists after 1 year then it will be permanent.
  im surprised they put u on gabapentin. it works on some nerves, however,gabapentin is used for epilepsy to manage seizures. another generic name for gabapentn is neurontin. ive had 7 by-passes, but they gave me hydrocodone. i also have a numness in my chest, and it is permanent. but its not life threating, just somethink we will have to live with. i had mine 7 yrs. ago. hope this helps. god bless
Does pentasa interact with birth control?
I just got diagnosed with crohns disease, my doctor said at the moment its inactive & looks like is very mild. I'm going to do a small bowl series on tuesday, but she has prescribed me Pentasa to start taking. I just picked up the prescription & wondered if it would interact with the birth control I'm taking. Does anyone know if it not being ok to take while on the pill? I'm going to calll the doctor tomorrow but was just wondering! Thanks!!
  birth control may decrease the effectiveness of the pentasa, but if you are being monitored for symptoms of your crohns by your doc it should be okay
Peeing Issue?
The past few months, I have been peeing ALOT! But have no burning, stinging, or any of the UTI or bladder infection symptoms except that I pee alot.
I am 13, Is that too young to have overactive bladder?
And Enablex which treats that, says its for adults. Im 13, is that too young.

(please answer all the questions)
  Have you been drinking a lot of water recently? Or have you started drinking alcohol?
Andy P
Is anyone familiar with canine IBD inflammatory bowel disease?
My dashund was diagnosed with this disease I am wondering if anyone has any pointers to help give him the best and most comfortable life by treating this disease with diet and meds..Thanks Shannon
  hi shanney, I have crohn's disease (IBD in humans) and my bassett hound has colitis.

make sure your dog has regular check ups with the vet. he may need to be on prednisone for short periods of time. be sure he has lots of water to drink, as for diet...when he is flaring try chicken broth, maybe some noodles like in cambell chicken soup, freeze some gatoraid in an ice cube tray and then once it's frozen, put 1 in his bowl(make sure he licks it til it's gone--then give him another) and he will get his electrolytes that way, meat flavored baby food (Ike loves it), canned dog food, etc. ask the vet for information on what he can and can't eat.

I truly feel for your pet as well as mine. Hope he can stay in remission. best of luck to you.
common sense
Bladder Spasms?
I'm 16 years old and have been experiencing bladder spasms. The doctors have ruled out any infection and I've had a VCUG and my urinary system has been cleared ok. It seems I leak a little whenever I get upset (angry, stressed) or if there is any kind of pressure (the muscles that contract before sex). I took Oxybutnin (Detrol) for 10 days. it worked but made it extremely difficult to urinate. Will I have to the meds for the rest of my life or is there a way for me to stop the spasms myself?
It's Ditropan not Detrol.
  Get checked for interstitial cystitis (IC). You can take elavil (amitriptyline) in low doses for bladder spasms. it is cheap and affordable if you have no insurance. This is no joke--for stress, make a tea out of one teaspoon of valerian and catnip in a tea strainer in hot water. Let it steep for 15 minutes. It is legal and soothing. Buy the catnip and valerian at an herbal store, not from the local dime store. Quit taking sugar and caffeine in coffee. Drink Yerba Mate found in some hispanic supermarkets or internet. find time to relax and meditate. Yes, you may have to take elavil the rest of your life for the spasms. If you douche alot, quit. I'm not being a wise-a** here. Some women think they have to be spit-polished to be clean. Douche's can cause alot of urinary problems in women. They should be the exception, not the norm. If your g-y-n is a man, go find one that is a woman--chances are she may know more about what to do for you than a man will. Antibiotics can cause urinary problems too.
Samadhi Sativa
Crohn's Disease sufferers: How do you control the diarrhea?
I'm taking Prednisone and Mesalamine, but every 20-30 min. I'm up and running to the bathroom...all day, all night, 24/7! I'm getting no sleep and no rest.
Wile E.
  hi archang, I have had Crohn's disease since the age of 12. I can totally relate to what you are going through. how long have you been on these meds? If you've been on them for a while, it's time to call your GI and think of another game plan so you can be pain free & get some rest.

Are you a candidate for Entocort, Remicade, Humira, 6MP, or Imuran? Most GIs now are staying away from prednisone due to the lifelong side effects such as brittle bones, glaucoma, &osteoporosis.

If you go to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America site you can find alot of information plus you can chat online with a healthcare professional who is extremely knowledgable about CD. There is also a help line you can call: 1-888-MY.GUT.PAIN( 1-888-694-8872) M-F 9 am - 5pm.

Yes, this disease is a pain in the butt, (no pun intended). Definitely check out the CCFA site for the latest treatments, diet, support chapters in your town, etc. to educate yourself then share that information with your GI if he is not up to date on the newer methods.

I wish you a speedy remission from one crohnie to another.
common sense
For giving a presentation, is Crohn's disease an interesting topic?
I'm a student with a presentation on a medical disease at the end of the semester (about 4-5 weeks from now). I've chosen Crohn's disease, but I'm beginning to wonder whether it's really an interesting disease. Can you help?
  hi air, I've been a crohn's pt. since the age of 12. I just helped someone from YA last month on giving a presentation on Crohn's.

Check out the crohn's & colitis foundation' site. They have tons of information you can use for your report. I'd be happy to assist w/any Q&A you may have about it.

Contrary to what others may say, it IS NOT deadly. You CAN NOT die from it. You can have complications from it such as liver and pancreas problems as a result from a medication, eye trouble, joint pain, abdominal pain, fatigue, nausea, etc. There are newer treatments to get these problems under control. Also, the patient must be very compliant and avoid smoking/drinking, avoid doing street drugs, take all meds as prescribed, keep all GI appointments as well as tests, eat right when feeling well and exercise.

Yes, it may be tough at times, but if the pt. works w/their doctors and complies w/the treatment, they can get into remission. Surgery is always a last resort if the medication doesn't work or there is a blockage.

Knowledge is power. Definitely check out CCFA's site, use their live chat and hotline, and post your questions on their open forum. Many folks with IBD can also assist you. Good luck.
common sense
What state has the highest bladder cancer rate in the United States? Is it South Carolina?
I was told that Marlboro County, (which is in Bennettsville, South Carolina) has the highest bladder cancer rate? Does any one know if this is true?
  The highest rate of bladder cancer in the US used to be in Uniontown, PA....I'm not sure now, though. The primary cause of bladder cancer is smoking tobacco.
How to heal a bladder infection if you were stranded on a deserted island?
Anyone ever thought of it? My boyfriend (actually common law husband?) is just getting over a serious bladder infection that almost killed him. He had fever, chills and vomiting for a couple of days before he finally got DEATHLY sick and ended up in the hospital with sepsis. The wonders of modern science. It got me thinking if we were both stranded on a deserted island and this happened, how would I get him over it? Would I be able to get him over it or would he just die? Maybe this is something that should be taught in a survival class because it COULD happen!
  He'd need to drink a lot of fruit juice rich in vitamin C.
Robert S
Is Any Birth Control Made As A Lower Dose Only for Controlling Periods?
I had to start birth control 7 months ago or so to control my heavy and irregular periods. My mom tells people that the birth control I am on isn't strong enough to prevent pregnancy, but just made to help control periods. Is this true, or is she just saying this so I will think this and not have sex thinking I am protected?
If this information is needed the birth control I am on is Yaz (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol)(3mg/0.02mg)
summer loves zach(:
  Lol, your mom is just saying that to prevent you from having sex. I used to be on Yaz (before switching to Nuvaring) and I never got pregnant while using it. If there were a pill that was strictly for controlling irregular periods then it would not be called birth control. All birth control methods (pills, patches, rings, shots) are obviously strong enough to prevent pregnancy.

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