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    My main symptom is the sensation of urine getting trapped in urethra after I urinate. I do not have urgency or frequency or pain when urinating. This situation has been going on for 1,5 years. It all started after I had two bad UTIs in a row. A recent ultrasound of my bladder did not show anything abnormal. I agreed with my urogyn that before going for a cystoscopy I would try pelvic floor physiotherapy. I am afraid cystoscopy would do further damage to my urethra or that I might catch a UTI from the procedure...

    Has anyone here had a similar problem? Did it get worse over time and develop into more severe symptoms? Or maybe you have found ways to alleviate this problem of urine getting stuck in urethra?

  • #2
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    Are you following the IC Diet and drinking enough water? Avoiding irritating foods and drinks can help with urethritis. I know that when I have a flare it can feel like it's confined to the urethra and it can feel like it's trying to squeeze more urine out. I know it can feel like straining to be sure the urine is all out can be tempting, but straining can make the feeling worse --- I keep a puzzle book in my bathroom so I can work puzzles to relax and avoid straining.

    I hope physical therapy will help you.

    Donna
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    • #3
      Re: Urine trapped in urethra

      Thanks, Donna! I do follow the IC diet and I know my trigger foods quite well by now. The ultrasound showed that only very little urine remains in the bladder after I pass urine. I do not strain. I do not have any other symptoms... When I tried Prelief, it actually made my bladder hurt. I can't figure out the mechanism that makes the irritation persist.

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      • #4
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        I have a similar sensation. When there is urine in my bladder I feel it in my urethra, especially if I lean forward, turn over in bed or pretty much do anything which involves me squashing or moving the urethra, if I'm still I don't feel it. It's quite a sharp pain, almost like lemon juice on a cut. When my bladder is empty I don't get it. Mine started after my first UTI in July last year. I've not found anything that really helps yet either. I haven't had a cystoscopy as wanted to explore all non invasive procedures first. Ultrasound and x ray showed nothing. However the radiologist said an ultrasound wouldn't really show anything as the pain I feel is very low down but behind the pubic bone so I've just had an MRI yesterday, I'm keeping everything crossed it shows something otherwise I'll have to consider the scope which does scare me.
        best wishes

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        • #5
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          I feel you - I also want to try everything else before I go for cystoscopy. I would be really interested to hear if that MRI you took shows anything abnormal.

          My urethral symptoms also began after a UTI. The infection resolved, but urethral irritation remained. I used to have UTIs once every two or three years before that, and this urethral thing would happen every time, but would go away in a week at most. I also noticed that my urine contains tiny pieces of tissue that must be peeling off (sorry for potentially grossing you out). I read in the forum here that this is quite common among IC patients.

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by babelfish View Post
            I feel you - I also want to try everything else before I go for cystoscopy. I would be really interested to hear if that MRI you took shows anything abnormal.

            My urethral symptoms also began after a UTI. The infection resolved, but urethral irritation remained. I used to have UTIs once every two or three years before that, and this urethral thing would happen every time, but would go away in a week at most. I also noticed that my urine contains tiny pieces of tissue that must be peeling off (sorry for potentially grossing you out). I read in the forum here that this is quite common among IC patients.
            Those tiny bits in urine can happen even with a healthy bladder; I suspect the difference is that when we don't have a bladder problem, we don't pay any attention to our urine.

            Donna
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            • #7
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              I'll report back here when I have my MRI results. I also get white bits of tissue in my urine and over the past few months on a couple of occasions when I've had a very painful urethra and sharp spasms I've had bits of tissue with what looks like specks of blood attached as well. This has only happened a couple of times. I do wonder whether there is residual infection left in urethra or paraurethral glands around it (I had no urethral pain when I actually had the UTI). The urethral pain started 3 weeks into the infection on my 4th day of taking Macrobid (I took Trimethroprim first which did nothing). The Macrobid cleared the infection (pinching feeling in bladder at the end of urination) but I was left with the new urethral pain - its very odd.

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              • #8
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                I have this, too, it seems to fluctuate with my other symptoms. If I stick with the diet and it's not too near my period, it goes away. Then it comes back again. It's very frustrating. =/ A little bit stays after I urinate and then comes out when I move a certain way. It's not stress incontinence though--doesn't happen when I cough or sneeze, etc. I think the tissues just get inflamed and everything sucks for a while. X__X Best of luck figuring it out.

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                • #9
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                  Just reporting back that unfortunately my MRI results didn't show anything up, bizarre that I should feel so disappointed at having a normal MRI! I'm now having another broth culture done with the possibility of starting antibiotics again, hopefully a more tissue penetrating version than the Nitrofurantoin I was on before. I'm still trying to put off having the cystoscopy done.

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                  • #10
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                    Sarah1975,

                    I can very much relate to what you're going through. Since you mentioned Nitrofurantoin, my urethra symptoms also first started after taking Nitrofurantoin, which was prescribed for my UTI. Things did not return to normal even if I took one more course of strong antibiotics to kill off any residual infection (doxycycline).

                    But what I also wanted to share is that I actually recently found one thing that has alleviated my urethra symptoms. It was a particular kind of mineral water, which I recently found while visiting abroad. The effect comes definitely from water, because it has happened to me now for the second time and I could finally connect the dots. In Finland, where I live, people only drink tap water, which is of superb quality, so there is no market for mineral waters. And tap water is great, but slightly on the acidic side. Evian is the only water you can find in Finnish stores that is slightly alkaline. The rest are all on the acidic side, and Evian does not really do much for me. There is something about that specific spring water, which I found abroad, its mineral contents and their ratio perhaps. This was a nice discovery, but the problem for me is that you cannot buy it anywhere where I live...

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                    • #11
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                      Hi Babelfish
                      It's odd that your issues started after taking Nitro too. I took it again more recently for a few weeks and it did actually make my urethral symptoms worse, feeling sore up inside. I've just dipped the tap water here and it has a ph of 5 and my urine almost always has a ph of 5 which I'm guessing isn't good. Do you remember the name of the mineral water you had that helped? I'm wondering if it might be sold over here in the UK.
                      Sarah

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                      • #12
                        Re: Urine trapped in urethra

                        Ph5 for tap water is very acidic. Finnish tap water is around ph6.3-6.5. The water that helped me was a Lithuanian mineral water (the brand's name is "Neptunas"). I doubt you would find it in the UK, although who knows, I'm sure there are Lithuanian grocery stores in the UK who may even sell it. But you may as well just try buying a few different mineral water brands with ph slightly on the alkaline side from your local store and see how you feel. Worth a try. Another possibility is that the effect of this water may also be more about the particular combination of minerals rather than ph itself. I'm not fully buying into the ph theory.
                        Last edited by babelfish; 05-31-2017, 08:27 AM.

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