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    I'm 30 year old male with urination problems and pain in my lower abdomen. I've had urination problems for a few years now and the pain began last summer. I went to see a urologist about 2 years ago because I needed to urinate frequently, had some leakage after urination and I had difficulty urinating (it would take a little time to get going) also I had clumpy semen. So I thought I had an enlarged prostate but the doctor checked and said it was normal size. Then he said my other symptoms were normal and no one knows why semen can become clumpy. He said he couldn't do anything for me and sent me home.

    I've also had extreme fatigue for about 3 1/2 years. The fatigue comes usually after I have a bowl movement and lasts for 2 hours or longer. Many times I get so tired that I have to take a nap. I've been to a couple different doctors to try and figure out whats wrong with me. From a blood test and upper endoscopy I was diagosed with celiac disease (gluten intolerance). I never had any celiac symptoms just the fatigue. I was on a strict gluten free diet for a little over a year and my fatigue didn't go away.

    The last 6 months I've eaten wheat because I don't have celiac symptoms and my fatigue didn't go away and I'm too lazy and a little depressed to keep that kinda diet. I spent over $4,000 on medical bills trying to figure out what's wrong with me. Now I don't have insurance anymore becuase it's really expensive and with the deductible it was all coming out of pocket any way.

    Ok back to the bladder. I drank a 6 pack of beer for the last 3 nights cause I was stressed out and now my bladder is really bothering me. Last night I woke up to take a leak and after a little came out it stopped and I still had like 3/4 full bladder so I had to tense my stomoch muscles repeatedly to squeeze the urine out. It was scary. It has happened a couple times in the past when I woke up after a night of drinking but thats not normal. I would describe the pain in my bladder as a burning sensation. Today it's really bad. Normally I have to unbutton my jeans when I sit down but today it hurts so bad I want to go to walmart and buy some bib overalls, I also stopped wearing underwear about 6 weeks ago becuase it puts pressure on my bladder. I've been thinking that I had bladder cancer or something untill I heard about this Interstitial cystitis after doing research today. It's sounds like whats going on with me but who knows it may be cancer too. I'm done with doctors though until I pee blood.

    I drink alot of pop and alchohol occasionaly, I've noticed both of these beverages have made the burning more intense in the past so I'm gonna quit drinking that stuff and start looking through this site for other good suggestions. I'm not sure if the extreme fatigue, clumpy semen and bladder problems are related but I'm glad I'm not alone with the bladder issues and thankful there's a great site like this for people to go to.

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    welcome...alcohol and beer are known bladder irritants for IC bladders. you might want to follow the IC diet there is a( link on this page). if it helps u. u probaly likely have IC. there are also some supplements u can try in the meantime like, cystoprotek, cysta q, desert harvest aloe, that can be purchased on the site. until u get officially diagnosed. A urologist can diagnose u. IC in men I think is called prostatitis.
    Diagnosed with IC October 2009- through bladder biopsy (no glomerations or hunners ulcers found, just irritation)

    I have moderate-severe IC

    Currently stopped taking all medications due to pregnancy

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    • #3
      Please don't strain to urinate --- it will only make it worse. I know you don't want to see a doctor, but there are several different medications that will help you to relax those muscles so you can go. Hytrin, cardura, and flomax are three I know of and I know there are more. Hytrin is one of the $5 prescriptions. I don't know how much the other two are.

      And you'll find the link to the latest food list in my signature below. It's printable and is a very good guide if you do have IC.

      Donna
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      • #4
        Happy you found us Merkaba. Being a woman I do not know how a man gets diagnosed. Hopefully people wiser then I will post on here and tell you what they did. Donna's advice is very good. Try it. I'm so sorry your health insurance and aggravation with the health care system has caused you to stop trying to get a diagnoses. You need that. Please try a different Doctor. If you keep reading this site you will see many of us had to go to a number of Doctors and tests before IC was found. Maybe telling the next Doctor you think they need to "rule out" IC they may take a better look for that. Please let us know how you are doing. We care. Hugs, Ziggy

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        • #5
          thanks for your suggestions. I'd like to avoid medications at this point because of side affects and I don't trust pharmaceutical companies. I'm also uncomfortable with a catheter being used for diagnosis so I'm going to try the IC diet and see how it goes for a few months.

          Does anyone know why there's not a cure for IC? Sounds like it's just damaged tissue which could heal if given a chance. Don't our bodies replace our organs overtime naturally by regenerating new cells and eliminating dead cells?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Merkaba View Post

            Does anyone know why there's not a cure for IC? Sounds like it's just damaged tissue which could heal if given a chance. Don't our bodies replace our organs overtime naturally by regenerating new cells and eliminating dead cells?
            Hi Merkaba,

            My urologist told me that once the bladder becomes inflamed and irritated, the constant presence of urine inside it is what stops it from healing properly. Foods and drinks which act as irritants then keep the inflammation going and it becomes hard to heal.
            I think they don't have a cure yet because they still don't know exactly what causes it. They have lots of theories but nothing is definite, and they even think that although the symptoms are more or less the same for sufferrers, I.C may in fact be several differrent conditions, or there may be several differrent sub-types.

            There is tons of great info on the latest theories and research on the ICA website. I found it so helpful.

            http://www.ichelp.org/

            Jem x

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