First of all, thank you to everyone who has been giving me advice throughout the whole *possible* UTI scenario and getting appointments!
I went in to see a urologist today since my GI office was kind enough to call a few days ago.
I had a scope inserted, not fun, really painful, and I prefer a colonoscopy in all honesty.
BUT, I have been officially diagnosed! Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome. I had read up on it, but the way this doctor described it to me it sounded exactly
like Crohn's except in the opposite area. Mucosal lining disappears, bladder wall becomes irritated, constant feeling with burning/pain like you have to urinate (as opposed to BMs and cramps), barely anything comes out etc. etc.
He's put me on two different kinds of medication. One turns your urine blue...interesting. A beautiful ocean in my latrine.
In all seriousness though, it's so strange to be diagnosed with two things that are so close together physically and so similar in symptoms. It makes me wonder if it could be connected in any way. No known cause or cure either.
The only problem is that I have to change my diet again, and that it is in complete contradiction to the SCD e.g. no yogurt, aged cheeses, or eggs, but I think I'll stick with those and avoid some of the more obvious irritants like I have been (coke, coffee, etc.).
Anyway, thank you all again. I really do appreciate your kind words and advice. It's helped me through. As usual!
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone, pentasa, omeprazole, and humira. Using probiotics and a multivitamin.bonniegriffith.blogspot.com/
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."