I had this prior to diagnosis. Pain, urgency to pee and urine discoloration. When I took tests a few times throughout last summer, I was marked with NO UTI's, no infections, just that I always dehydrated and that my pH balance was a little off.
What I found through research is that the cells are not absorbing the water, so even if you drink a ton of water (like I always have) and still remained thirsty, with tests showing up that you are dehydrated, the cells have been damaged in some respect.
I used to get pain when urinating a few times before diagnosis and it felt like I had to keep going when I stopped going. Today I supplement with things I've probably been deficient in for a while, and I feel like things are mostly normal down there, but that I do get some tiny 'pinch' feelings once and a while. I'm not thirsty all the time anymore thank God, but when I visit my naturopath I'm going to ask him about this.
College Senior, diagnosed severe Chrons/UC - Sept. 2011
Meds: 800mg asacol 3xdaily, NO more prednisone!
Dietary: Aloe Vera Juice, Multivitamin, L-Glutamine, Omega3 Fish Oil, Gluten-Free, VSL Probiotic
Amazing Herbs: Slippery Elm, Licorice & Marshmallow Root / Peppermint & Chamomile
Remission achieved in february by the SCD!