Not trying to hijack this thread, but I have a semi-related question: After I had my RALP in February and my wife picked up the prescribed medicines from the pharmacy, it included one (phenazopyridine) for "bladder spasm". Up to and including my surgery, no one every mentioned bladder spasms, and I have no idea what they feel like. I assume it was something I might experience during the initial surgery recovery, but to my knowledge my bladder never felt spasmy. Has anyone had them and, if so, what do they feel like? Do they make you pee?
Believe me, you will definitely know what a bladder spasms feels like if you have them! It is usually an intense pain in a place you've never felt it before. After my TURP I had several house of excruciating bladder spasms. I was on a dilaudid drip plus morphine injections. Unfortunately, opioids often have little effect on this type of pain and I basically had to wait it out. I rated my pain on as a 10 out of 10 when asked and a nurse told me afterwards, No, that was an 11. The sheer bliss I felt when the spasms stopped almost made the pain worth it.
Unfortunately children who experience intense bladder spasms can be traumatized by hospitals, mainly because parents and doctors often have to standby almost helpless. It's a question of trying different remedies, which may or may not work.
Phenazopyridine (sold OTC as AZO), is a non-opioid analgesic for the urinary tract. Note that it's a dye and will turn your urine bright orange-red. It also helps with pain from many urinary symptoms. It won't treat the cause, but can take the edge off burning and pain during urination.