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    I was wondering if anyone has the same symptoms as me. my urethra hurts every single time when i have to urinate and it's always towards the end when the stream is finishing up. It's like as if the contraction to finish up the stream is pulling on something, and this happens EVERY SINGLE TIME i have to pee (i feel like my bladder is still having fairly normal urine retention volume, because sometimes i really have lots of urine when i pee) However, i do notice something weird about this phenomenon. It seems like my urethra hurts a bit less when i have a full bladder to release, but when i dont have a full bladder, it hurts more (weird!) for example, i have to get up at least once at night to pee, and usually i have a full bladder, and when i pee, it doesnt really hurt, but during the day, when i dont have as much to pee sometimes, the hurting feeling will come back towards the end of the stream when it's finishing up. Anyone has this kind of symptoms?

  • #2
    My bladder doesn't like to be completely empty. I have some discomfort immediately after urination, which usually goes away in 15 minutes or so when I have just a little urine in there.

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    • #3
      My bladder is happiest with something in it too. I used to drink constantly to keep it happy. The first time I met my UG he thought it was funny when I listed water as something that helped me. This symptom is lessoned depending on how I am doing. I think the diet has helped that feeling. I still get a twinge here and there but not as bad as it used to be probably cuz I'm not eating as many irritating foods.
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      • #4
        I read that the painfully feeling at the very end is when the sides of our bladders touch for a quick moment while emptying. Our bladder walls are very tender so when they touch it causes us pain.
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        • #5
          I absolutely hate that sensation at the end of the stream. I find myself tensing up even before it happens just from the anticipation!
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          • #6
            This is actually my only IC symptom, and one that I've had for as long as I can remember. The best way I can describe it is that a few seconds after I start urinating, it feels like a balloon fills up in my urethra and causes a stinging pain, and then eventually subsides. I haven't really found a connection to whether or not it's worse with a full bladder, I think it's fairly consistent. I know that if I hold it for a while before urinating, it is significantly worse pain, and I often have difficulty initiating and maintaining urination. I also often feel like I don't empty my bladder completely, even though I am unable to urinate any more.

            Another thing I have noticed is that I often have a little difficulty initiating urination in general, regardless of how much I've had to drink/how long I've waited to get to the bathroom. I think this is more psychological, because I think I am tensing my pelvic floor muscles because I anticipate pain.

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            • #7
              wow, so it seems like im not the only one that has this constant pain that wont go away. Did you get worse (more painful) when you're in a flare? because mine do, when i seem like i have a mini flare, it hurts a LOT more.

              does anyone feel actually less pain when you have a full bladder to release? because that tends to be my case!

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              • #8
                I have the same problem! I feel the urge to urinate but when I try it's really hard for me...it hurts and only little urine comes out. I wonder what is going on down there? I used to be able to urinate with no problems until 8 weeks ago when this all started.....
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                • #9
                  I, too have intense urethral pain at the end of urination. It is like it has to round out a painful pee with an even more painful ending. My bladder also likes to have a little something in it. However, my bladder doesn't hold much so I'm not sure about the feeling better when full detail.
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                  • #10
                    Oh yes. Bob describes it as kinda like a spasm at the end. I can hear him in the b-room saying "ow, ow, ow". And he has to take water pills as well (which he avoids, bad boy). Hurts him when his bladder fills, during and after. So yeah, think a lot of people have that problem. You are not alone with that sensation. Jill, wife of Bob

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                    • #11
                      I have the same symptom. I always feel worse after urinating. Sometimes I feel better with a full bladder

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by brownies View Post
                        does anyone feel actually less pain when you have a full bladder to release? because that tends to be my case!
                        Yes if my bladder is full I get less urethral pain when urinating (if I have pain it is at the beginning for me not at the end). If I only have a little bit to go it hurts more so I try and hold it for as long as I can knowing it will be more comfortable.

                        But my bladder in general if I'm flaring hurts more when its full if that makes sense. So the bladder hurts more but it hurts less to pee when its full!
                        Last edited by cmclien; 02-25-2011, 01:57 AM.
                        Cindi


                        Gelnique for frequency/urgency - works great
                        Macrobid after sex
                        Prilosec, continuous birth control pills
                        synthroid .088mg, mucinex-d, restasis

                        Supplements: Desert Harvest Aloe vera, Cysta-q, prelief, magnesium and calcium, Vit D, flaxseed oil

                        Diag Mild IC Jan 11 but have had symptoms for 25 years. Also have GERD, TMJ, IBS-C, chronic dry eye syndrome, hashimotos thyroiditis, non-allergic rhinitis.

                        IC Diet Link: http://www.ic-network.com/diet/2009icdietlist.pdf
                        AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC overview- http://www.ic-network.com/forum/showthread.php?p=571592
                        AUA 2011 Guidelines to diagnosing and treating IC PDF: http://www.auanet.org/content/guidel...ent_ic-bps.pdf
                        Great treatment flowchart on page 19 of the pdf

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                        • #13
                          When my bladder is full it hurts the most! As a matter of fact, the pain is so bad it wakes me up at night. It can't hold much anyway...so it feels like it's full even though it may not be the case.
                          Dg. with IC 2/15/10

                          Other conditions: depression, ADHD, lactose intolerance, celiac disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, IBS-C.

                          Medications I'm on: Vyvanse 70mg, Xanax 1 mg as needed, Wellbutrin XL 150 mg, Vicodin 5/500 as needed for pain, Microgestin 1/20 continuously.

                          Supplements I'm taking: Chondroitin Sulfate, N-acetyl-glucosamine, MSM 3gr/day, Pancreatin, B-5, Ester-C, and marshmallow root tea

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by cmclien View Post
                            Yes if my bladder is full I get less urethral pain when urinating (if I have pain it is at the beginning for me not at the end). If I only have a little bit to go it hurts more so I try and hold it for as long as I can knowing it will be more comfortable.

                            But my bladder in general if I'm flaring hurts more when its full if that makes sense. So the bladder hurts more but it hurts less to pee when its full!

                            i wonder if anyone has ever had doctors explained to them why it seems to be the case. I was thinking, you know how some people say hydrodistention helps them with the pain for a while right? I wonder if us have less intense urethral pain when peeing while having a full bladder is relatively the same concept? anyone have any insights in this?

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                            • #15
                              Wow, this is exactly what I am experiencing the past two months. I start to go with a good stream that lasts about 3 seconds, then I get a burning pain somewhere inside that usually stops the stream cold, then it subsides in a few seconds, then I wait 10 to 15 seconds and I get a weak stream/dribble for a half minute or so that empties me out. It's like my bladder shuts off a valve or something that causes a couple of seconds of pain (or maybe the pain causes the shut off?), then after 10 or 15 seconds the valve just opens part way to let me finish. As bizarre as it sounds I even had a dream that a section of my urethra filled up like a long thin balloon when I urinated and it stopped the stream when it got full. I told my urologist about this dream and he looked at me like I was completely nuts. He did a cysto and found a bit of membrane tissue that he cut off that did no good. He said my bladder was fine. I tried self cathing weekly for about a month to keep the membrane from reforming , that did no good, I gave myself a UTI. Logically if I was blocked I wouldn't get the good stream the first few seconds. Something is acting like a valve to stop the stream and cause the pain, then stays partially shut.

                              Originally posted by nitheninny View Post
                              This is actually my only IC symptom, and one that I've had for as long as I can remember. The best way I can describe it is that a few seconds after I start urinating, it feels like a balloon fills up in my urethra and causes a stinging pain, and then eventually subsides. I haven't really found a connection to whether or not it's worse with a full bladder, I think it's fairly consistent. I know that if I hold it for a while before urinating, it is significantly worse pain, and I often have difficulty initiating and maintaining urination. I also often feel like I don't empty my bladder completely, even though I am unable to urinate any more.

                              Another thing I have noticed is that I often have a little difficulty initiating urination in general, regardless of how much I've had to drink/how long I've waited to get to the bathroom. I think this is more psychological, because I think I am tensing my pelvic floor muscles because I anticipate pain.
                              Last edited by bobspez; 04-07-2013, 05:55 AM.

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