21 years old...Systemic Lupus 11/07, lupus nephritis 01/09, raynoids 03/08, Carpal Tunnel 03/08
I saw several references to bladder problems in the postings -
I too had frequency issues, greatly interfering with life. I ignored it for years, focusing on the Lupus issues first. I finally couldn't stand it any longer and went to my PCP. He referred me to a new Urologist that looked like he was about 12years old!! At first, I was really skeptical, but it didn't take long for him to jump on board and get me diagnosed properly almost immediately. He took a peek inside my bladder and ruled out cancer but did diagnose I.C. (Interstitial Cystitis), which is an irritation/inflammation of the vessels. Some doctors believe it is a vasculitis of the bladder, some believe that it is common with Lupus/autoimmune diseases. The main thing is to avoid 'triggers' like Vit C/acidic things, and to also recieve ongoing care from a qualified Urologist who knows about I.C. Aspartame really sends me to the bathroom, as does Gatorade.
Anyone out there with Lupus and bladder problems need to research solutions - don't 'put up' with bladder issues, there are solutions out there!!
Hope this helped all of you that posted.