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  • Anyone else feel like they push their pee out??

    Hey ladies,
    Last night I woke up in the middle of the night and went pee, and felt like I had to push some to keep the pee coming out. Is this a normal thing with IC? I am in alot of pain now, have my period for the last few days as well. I was just wondering if this happens to any of you? I have been in a constant flare like forever it seems.

    ALso, I fell asleep with the heating pad on for three hours. Is it safe to use a heating pad for long periods of time if it helps with the pain? They say only use it 20 minutes or so, but that is not going to cut it for me. Anyone else use a heating pad regularly for hours at a time ever and can it cause damage?

  • #2
    Oh yes I get this too! I know its very frustrating but I think its common with IC so dont worry! sometimes its worse for me when I havent been for awhile then other days its not so bad. I use heating pads all night and they are very safe...I asked my pharmacist and she said they say 20mins just incase it causes skin irratation but if you know that it doesnt you can use it all night. She said some people are sensitive to the heat thata sll. It cant cause any damage to your bladder in the slightest so dont worry.
    Started with symptoms 2004 after a severe infection.
    Was diagnosed with IC Feb 2006 after cystoscopy.
    Diagnosed with vulvodyina and PN in july 2006.
    Dignosed with ME and IBS Oct 2006.
    Currently taking Amytriptaline 50mg, regular pain killers and birth control!
    Also doing IC diet and regular use of heat packs.
    Still struggling with IC and controling my symptoms so looking for some help

    also recently had abnormal pap, CIN III and just had LEEP done 2007


    • #3
      Yes, I sleep with my on, but my shuts off automatically, however the other night it didn't (my dog it seems, after numerous (?) times has spilled my water bottle on my electric cord and gotten it wet) anyway, after one too many times it apparently is now not working right and didn't shut off!) and you guest it-- it burned my stomach on Sunday night, and on top of that, I'm giving myself injections for preparations for a hydro on Thursday so I'm cleaning that area with alcohol pads - does that ever burns!!. I'm still using it, but not at night when I go to bed. bought me another one for when I sleep.

      I Also have one at work and its on/off all day long. So I don't think it hurts. You can also use the stick on things from Thermacare (I use them when I'm doing filing or in a meeting).

      As to pushing, you really shouldn't push, I have pelvic floor problems, have you been dx with this? What I do when I go to the bathroom, and if I have this feeling, is after I finish is I lean forward and get up off the toilet and then sit back down and then I'm able to go again. You might want to try that (a friend who has only 1 kidney told me this and it seems to help).
      I hope this helps a little.


      • #4
        It's not safe to go to sleep with a heating pad unless it has an automatic shut-off with a timer. Mine has one so it turns off; I will sometimes wake up when it cools down, but I can always click it off, then on again. The old ones have a tendency to over heat and can cause some pretty bad burns before the burning wakes you up.

        It's never good to strain either to urinate or for a bowel movement. It will only make it worse.

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        • #5
          I have high-tone PFD, so I ALWAYS have to push to pee. My old yro used to YELL at me for doing it becuase its so bad. Unfortunaltly for me thats the only way I can void. For the time being this will have to do. Hopefully my new uro(see him the 29th!) will be able to help me since relaxation techniqies, kegels, and biofeed back has been usless.

          IC diagnosed officially via cysto/urodynamics 1/26/07

          Grade II Endometriosis diagnosed via lap 12/11/07

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          • #6
            A couple of weeks ago I was having to do that too. (Normally I don't have to push it out) Uro said that a lot of her IC patients were having trouble with that right now. She said she thinks its some kind of virus. Hope you feel better soon!!


            • #7
              Thanks ladies for the advice. I will see if I can get a heating pad with an automatic shut-off. I surely dont want to burn myself.

              As far as the pushing the pee out, I have never heard of a virus causing soemthing like this, but I guess anything is possible. My hubby thinks it could be because since everything is so inflammed that it is just a little harder to get things to come out smoothly. I talk to my uro/nurse and she said she thinks that also the reason I feel I am not emptying my bladder is because of the IC and all the inflammation that is causing this. She said that she thinks the instills should really help me on Friday. That is when I start. It is for 6 weeks. and then I suppose they see how you do after that.

              Thanks again Ladies, you are all gems.