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  • Urethral pain - constant or "jabbing"?

    Mine comes and goes -mainly with movement and when I'm anxious - its sharp and lighting fast -as soon as I feel it and try to identify exactly where its coming from - its gone. It usually occurs after a period of sitting down which makes me think its related to PFD.

  • #2
    HI! Do you have any incontinence? My urethra pain starts out with a sharp pain....but it's from a drip of urine coming out of my's sharp and fast. Then it's gone for a while....and usually happens after sitting for a while. Roxie

    Double Spinal Cord Stimulator surgery 8/09
    Unsuccessful MiniArc sling surgery 12/07
    Dx'd Hypothyroid
    Dx'd Chronic Axonal Neuropathy & Myopathy
    June 2007
    Dx'd IC May 2006 (after suffering for 25+ yrs!)
    First Cysto 1979
    First Hydro 1981 (Many treatments since then!)
    Collagin"Durasphere" injections for urethra
    Gall bladder surgery Aug. 2004
    Gastric Bypass Dec. 2004
    Dx'd: Barrett's Esphogus July 2004
    Dx'd: Vaginal Atrophy 2005
    Bladder surgery 2000
    Dx'd: IBS 2000
    Hysterectomy (fibroids) 1999
    Laminectomy 1989
    Dx'd: Degerative Disk Disorder 1989

    For IC I use Elmiron, Elavil and Freeze dried Aloe Vera (it works likes Elmiron, but naturally)and Azo as needed. I also take Zegerid, Randitine for Barrett's Esophagus. (which causes me to have constant yeast infections!)I take Cymbalta for Neuopathy/Myopathy pain. I use the Climara patch for menopause symptoms. I'm on a very strict diet because of the IC, IBS and Gastric Bypass. I take Primal Defense Probiotics and whole food Iron.
    I no longer have the awful urethral pain! I've been using MSM gel now for 4 mo. and haven't had a flare up or the urethra's amazing stuff!!:woohoo:


    • #3
      No incontinence, thank God.


      • #4
        Hmmm... yours is somewhat similar to mine. I generally do not have much urethral pain. However, I do have episodes where I get jabbing pains during urination, and also other times, which seem random. Perhaps I should figure out what I've been doing when they occur.

        They do occur more often during a flare. I usually describe those as someone pinching my urethral opening, and also poking me with a knitting needle inside.

        I have also had sensations that someone is repeatedly pinching/piercing my clitoris; that normally occurs after foreplay that is too long and/or intense during sex.

        Hope this helps....

        *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.


        • #5
          I'm with Sarojini - feels like someone would be pinching me, like they'd reach up grab pinch and pull. Ugh it was terrible -would come out of the blue (usually after I'd been standing for too long, but could happen any time), and be enough to make me react, lol. Try explaining that to someone when you wince for no outward appearing reason!! LMAO!!!
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          *IC Volunteers are not medical authorities nor do we offer medical advice. In all cases, we strongly encourage you to discuss your medical treatment with your personal medical care provider. Only they can, and should, give medical recommendations to you.

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          Lymphocytic Colitis dx'd July 2005
          Possible IBS
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          Vistaril 25mg in the evening
          Previous IC Meds taken:
          Cystoprotek - 2 caps 2x's a day
          Elmiron, 100mg 3x's a day
          Ditropan, 5 mg 3x's a day
          Wellbutrin 150mg 2x's a day for Anxiety/IBS
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          Zytrec for Nasal Allergies
          Align Probiotic daily for IBS


          • #6
            I notice mine are worse when I'm nervous or scared - I sharply retract my genital area (the "fear chakra") and then I get the pain. None on urination - not while sitting - more on walking around or standing. I think it must be related to not drinking enough water (with baking soda) and/or PFD. Plus I'm in post menopause so my tissue "down there" is very fragile and can get inflamed and crimson red in just a day or so - I guess that's due to not having any estrogen left. Getting old is SO much fun!!!! (not!!!)


            • #7
              I have constant pain mixed with jabbing.


              • #8
                What do you do for it?


                • #9
                  My pain is on/off all day long, same with the degree of pain. I often refer to it as peeing glass or peeing over a cut it hurts real bad about 10 minutes after peeing orbit! I use to take pyridium or urelle to help numb the burning; you could also take something for bladder spasms like oxybution, hope this helps.



                  • #10
                    I have the "pinch and pull" too; it's really horrible. It's one concept that my husband is completely unable to get his mind around! LOL

                    Mine usually comes after peeing, and gets worse for a while after that. But just now and then, not every time. I have lidocaine gel with a little applicator so I can kind of squirt it up there -- that helps tremendously, but I don't carry it around with me, so if it happens while I'm out, I'm miserable. Fortunately it's not that frequent, approximately every two or three weeks, and will usually continue for three or four trips to the potty.
                    Je vous souhaite de la joie, de la bonne santée, et tout ce qu'il y a de bon dans la vie.
                    Wishing you happiness and good health, and all the best out of life.

                    Peace, Carolyn

                    Laura (11), Susannah (12 1/2) and Maman (that's me!), North Wildwood NJ, September 2007

                    On the Beach with IC


                    • #11
                      I have it too, it just a pinch and its gone. What I found that helps it is that I take Effexor-- I was originally taking it for my night sweats, but I'm not having them as much so I stopped taking them, and when I did, I noticed the pain, so I had my doctor put me back on them. Anyway, I don't have them anymore.


                      • #12
                        Where do you get that lidocaine jel???


                        • #13
                          My urethral pain is a constant, vaguely stingy, feeling - I think it is what others on this board call a burning feeling. It is always there and it often makes me feel like I need to urinate. I have not had bladder pain since the onset of my problems in Jan 07. I never have cramping or stabbing pain. Elavil seems to make the stingy feeling more subdued and helps with frequency.
                          Sudden onset of UTI like symtoms on Dec 27, 2006.
                          Diagnosed with IC on March 12, 2007.
                          Current Meds: 50mg Elavil
                          "Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle" author unknown


                          • #14
                            My pain is more often than not inside my bladder but I do get a stinging sensation in my urethra when I am in a real bad flare or when I have a uti.
                            I often feel like I have fire ants inside my bladder. I also get throbbing pains in my bladder especially when I sit still too long. It seems like pain changes from today.

                            Let's keep praying for a cure.
                            IC Symptoms began in early 2001
                            Divorced : Sept 2002 (Partly due to IC)
                            Diagnosed with IC in April 2004
                            Most recent injury - Rupurtured Left Achilles Tendon
                            Wed Jan 28 2009
                            (Ice Storm Accident)
                            2nd Achilles Tendon Surgery - May 28, 2009 after re-injury on May 17
                            Other Injuries
                            Broken Left Ankle - July 2004 ( fell off ladder)
                            Broken Left Ankle (Again) - May 2005 (car accident)
                            Sprained Left Ankle - November 2006 ( fell off my aunts porch on Thanksgiving Day)

                            CURRENT MEDS
                            Elmiron, Pyridium