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  • What does your abdominal pain feel like?

    Is it a dull pain, or a shooting pain. I've had pain in my very lower left abdomial area, kinda right above my pubic area. Last night it got a little worse, but this morning it's back to the dull pain. I also got a shooting pain in my vagina when I walked, but that also went away. This might sound stupid, but sometimes it's hard for me to figure out where the pain is coming from. Like it feels like it might be either my vagina or urethra. Is that normal, or am I just crazy?
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  • #2
    I have that feeling all the time.. I just thought its a part of IC..

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    • #3
      Mine feels like severe menstrual cramps. It feels like my body is trying to push my bladder out.

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      • #4
        Donna describes it my body is trying to push my bladder out. I also have burning in my bladder when I'm flaring.


        • #5
          My pain/symptoms keep changing. Sometimes I get shooting/stabbing pain up in my Vagina after peeing OUCH (Main Complaint). Sometimes I just have mild abdominal pain.... Sometimes it's on the left side or on the right side. Sometimes I feel like I gotta go all the time. I get Urgency pain sometimes (Gotta Go Girl from the OAB comercials!). I wish my body would decide. At least my pain doesnt usually last that long. Only once it lasted over 3 hours, but most of the time, the pain goes away quickly. ... The worst part is the testing and waiting for dx. So, I don't know if I'm typical IC or not, I don't even know if I have IC... but that's what my pain/symptoms are like. So far, my dx is bladder spasms and chronic hematuria.
          dx: Spastic Bladder, chronic hematuria (that went away?), kidney stone... possible IC

          Medical History:
          c-sections: 1988, 1991, 1997
          Viral Arthritis 1998 (Like RA, but went away!! )
          Pterygium & Dry Eyes since 2005
          Hysterectomy (Fibroids) 2006


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          • #6
            Mine is somewhat like Donna's; very severe menstrual cramp-like sensation right over my pubic bone. Sometimes I also get the sensation that my bladder is aching in such a way that I can feel the exact shape of the bladder wall. This usually leads to an aching throughout my entire pelvis, and it can spread to my lower back and legs (but I have pelvic floor dysfunction, and this spreading is in part due to that).

            I also have had shooting pains going up the vagina and urethra; I have described these as someone poking a knitting needle up inside me.

            *Diagnosed with severe IC in 2004
            *Also diagnosed with PFD, fibromyalgia, chronic myofascial pain, IBS, migraines, allergies/asthma, dermatographism
            *Kept trying a million different treatments for all these things until I found what works, and I am doing okay these days with the help of a cocktail of medications and the InterStim, which was first placed in 2007. [I have had 2 revisions - one in 2010 when my battery died and had to be replaced, and one complete replacement (lead and generator) in 2012 after a fall on my stairs caused my lead to move.]
            *Current meds include Atarax (50mg at night), Lyrica (150mg twice a day), Xanax (0.5mg at night and as needed), Zanaflex (4mg at night), hydrocodone (10/325, every 6 hours as needed), Advair, Nasonex, Singulair (10mg at night), oral contraceptives, home instills containing Elmiron and Marcaine (as often as I need to do them).

            **I am not a medical authority nor do I offer definitive medical advice. I strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.


            • #7
              Jen hit the nail right on the head, or the knitting needle I should say, lol. I often tell my hubby that it feels like someone just poked my bladder or vagina with a knitting neddle. I really hate that feeling. Sometimes I just have pelvic pain that is a dull ache like a cramp and then there are times it is more sharp. I have really been getting the urethra pain when I am finishing peeing. It feels like someone is pinching the dickens out of my urethra right at the end. I really hate this new symptom. Gotta love IC!

              I have been diagnoised for 6 1/2 years now. I have taken a long break from the ICN but really miss helping out my fellow IC patients and want to get back into posting.
              1st hydro 4/07 showed no visible signs of IC but tons of mast cells in all my biopsy samples which did prove IC.
              2nd hydro 4/13/09 showed dark purple glomerulations and I had a capacity of 450 cc's. This hydro proved that my IC had progressed.
              I have tried every oral medication as well as rescue instills and DMSO.

              I have been lucky enough to see Dr Hanno, the top IC specialist in PA who has told me due to the fact that I have not responded to any "standard" treatments that I have a severe, end stage case of IC with a horrible quality of life (didn't have to tell me that last part!)

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              • #8
                It is so wonderful to hear people having the same symptoms as you! It is such a comfort. I also get a full, painful baldder feeling and it is worse first thing in the morning. Even though I might get up twice a night I must sleep through most of the bladder pain at night and my first pee in the morning is so painful but what a relief!


                • #9
                  Don't know where to post this

                  Hi all, i am sorry but i have been in so much pain in so many diff. places. One i feel like the muscles in the vagaina area are pulling when i walk at times.
                  Two, i had a uti about 2 weeks ago took meds and all and now i think it is back. burn when i pee at times.
                  Three i have real bad lower back pain real low, maybe the infection is in the kidney's? I just don't know what to do. Don't have the money to see a uro. and i want to go to the E.R. but that will cost me. because i have not reached my health ins dedable. Oh i need help
                  Hope someone can help me are just talk to me about the pain. No one else wants to hear it anymore. And don't want to worry hubby and he has his own ideas on what it is and all.
                  hope all of you are having a pain free day!

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                  Thank you for being here for me all!


                  • #10
                    knitting needles for me too......

                    Jen did hit it on the head with the knitting needles, I usually tell people if feels like a metal rod up my urethra poking me, but it is more like pointy knitting needles. Thanks for the description. I will have to "steal" that description the next time I have to explain my pain.

                    I am so glad I am not going through this alone, isn't it amazing we have the same kind of pain and we can describe in different ways but basically it is the same.

                    Dx with IC April 30 2007
                    Dx with Endo Sept 2007
                    Supra Cervical Hysterectomy April 9 2009


                    • #11
                      Naive question

                      This is a real naive question but, where exactly is the urethra? Is it right at the vagina opening, inside? I haven't seen a doctor or anything yet, have appt, but my pain is just right inside my vagina opening, like the walls kinda sting, not when i urinate though. None of the foods to avoid upset me. I only get the pain from sex or tampons, etc.


                      • #12
                        The urethra is above the vagina opening, it is where your urine comes out.
                        Dx with IC April 30 2007
                        Dx with Endo Sept 2007
                        Supra Cervical Hysterectomy April 9 2009


                        • #13
                          jjj2007 - Until a few weeks ago I also had no idea where my urethra was located. For 44 years, I blissfully had no reason to care exactly where it was located. The vagina and the urethra are both located inside the labia minora. I had always thought of the vagina and the labia minora as the same thing. I had no idea that the uretha was also located inside the labia minora. The problem is, it is impossible to see inside your own labia minora without using a mirror. But if you spread apart the labia minora and use a mirror you should be able to see the vagina and urethra. I wish I could go back to those carefree days when I didn't know where my urethra was. Sending healing energy...linda
                          Sudden onset of UTI like symtoms on Dec 27, 2006.
                          Diagnosed with IC on March 12, 2007.
                          Current Meds: 50mg Elavil
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                          • #14
                            I describe my pain as a backward UTI pain.. sort of a "suking in" feeling that hurts as I stop urinating.
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                            • #15
                              strong burning pain

                              Ive read most people seem to have their pain feel like cramps, my pain is like a horrible burning pain in my lower abdomen and through my urethra. I havent been diagnosed with IC but I have a history of UTIs pretty much once or twice a month, and I have pain just like a UTI without the infection. Sex isnt really painful unless I have and infection and even then it doesnt really hurt my vagina much just irritates my urethra. Does this sound like IC?