Bladder Pain/Burning Question

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Brama
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 12/7/2006 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
This isnt exactley a prostate cancer question but I couldnt find an appropriate board to ask this and was hoping somebody here may be able to answer anyway.
For about the past 5 months Ive been in almost constant bladder (I think) pain and somewhat urethral pain as well.Its a burning pain which is worse after urination and ejaculation. Ive been urinating normally so Im not sure if its a prostate problem or not- and I know its definitely not an STD. There seems to be some pressure and a little pain where the prostate would be, but mostly its the bladder area that is the problem.
I finally went to a Dr. about six weeks ago and all he did was take a urine sample (of which the test results came back "negative" for I dont know what).
Im extremely phobic over going to any Dr. and keep hoping the pain just goes away but Its obviously not going to and Im getting very worried.
Do you have any clue as to what my problem might be?
Thanks very much for any opinions.

Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 12/7/2006 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
how old are you?
 
I would strongly recommend going back to the doctor (probably a different one).  It seems odd that all he did was take a urine sample and not tell you what it was for?  and when that was negative didn't follow-up on any other possibilities?
 
I assume they were checking for any type of infection?  I am a girl not a guy, but when we get a uninary tract infection (thankfully i have only had one in my life because it is PAINFUL), it is generally diagnosed with a urine sample in which they can detect any bacteria in the urine, and then it is treated with antibiotics.
 
But if that is not the issue according to your urine sample results, then there is something else going on.  You need to follow up with a doctor, 5 months is a too long to be living with something like that!
 
Best wishes!
 
Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment:  Undecided


2busymom
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   Posted 12/7/2006 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree you should see a different doc, go to a urologist if you can. You don't have pain in those areas for no reason. The top of the prostate is attached to the bladder neck, and the urethra runs through it - there are so many things tightly connected in there that it could feel like the bladder but be something else. Did your doctor check your prostate?

bec
husband Jeff 45 years old, diagnosed 8/25/06
PSA 2.1, 2 of 12 samples at 3% & 4%, involving 1 side of prostate
Gleason 3+3=6 in both samples
laparoscopic radical prost. 10/17/06
cancer in both sides of prostate, positive in one area of margin
first PSA in 1/2007


jetguy
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   Posted 12/7/2006 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I would go to a urologist - right now.

Regards,

Bill
Gleason 3+3=6, T1c, one core in twelve, another pre-cancerous.
62 years old and good health.  Married 37 years.  To same woman!


spinbiscuit
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   Posted 12/7/2006 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Brama,

I would agree with all the others. You need to go to a specialist in this case a urologist. It may just be an infection which is easily treatable with meds, but if you don't go you'll never know. Why suffer any longer?

Glen
Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 ot 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06
 


Brama
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   Posted 12/7/2006 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone,
Thanks very much for all the speedy replies.
To answer some questions: Im 37 and have major social phobia and am really terrified of the prospect of going back to a doctor.
It took several months for me to get the nerve up to finally go when I went the first time. I told him I thought I had a bladder infection and all he did was take a urine sample. I had to return to him a week later for the results (which I assume he had checked for a bacterial infection) and thats when he said it was negative. He just brushed me off, actually told me to drink cranberry juice and I stupidly just allowed it: I knew I most likely shouldve at least also had a prostate exam but I was terrified of the dreaded process and didnt dare ask for one. Yeah, I was appalled that he just left me with no answers and that he made no further attempt to find out what my problem was, but again I was just concerned with getting the hell outta there.
I know I need to see a urologist and I know this sounds absolutely insanely crazy but Im literally so crippled by the fear of going back to the Dr and having to get examined/looked at/probed and touched that I would rather suffer with the pain and never go... even if it means continuing suffering and/or doing damage to my body (which besides sounding insanely crazy is also extremely depressing to be this way mentally).
Anywho, thanks a lot again for the replies everyone.

Izzyblizzy
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   Posted 12/7/2006 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Brama,

Glad you came back.

i dont' like going to the doctor/hospital either (even if I am not the one being treated).  I get "white coat" syndrome when having my blood pressure taken sometimes, even though it is usually low!

Are you doing any treatment for your anxiety/social phobia (medication/therapy)?  There is a panic/anxiety board on here where you could perhaps get some good suggestions for dealing with anxiety of going to the doctor's appointment?   I would imagine that doctor anxiety is not an uncommon problem, and they might have some great advice over there.

In the meantime, could you research urologists in your area and give one a call, or schedule by e-mail.  That is the first step, and then you can deal with the anxiety of actually going.  I think if you take one step forward, you may be able to face the next step?  perhaps it IS just an infection that was missed by the first doc?  Also, maybe if you make a list of questions when you go this next time, you will be more prepared for whatever they say and be better able to ask any questions you might have, if you write them down. 

Please, let us know when you have scheduled your appointment, and I for one will try to help you get through the anxiety of it!

Tanya


Signficant Other diagnosed: 10/30/06 (age 63)
PSA: 3.7 (up from 3.4 prior year)
Gleason: 3+3
Biopsy: 1/10 positive, 5% cancerous, right apex.
Treatment:  Undecided


Wicket
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 316
   Posted 12/8/2006 3:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Brauma,
I have a phobia about doctors to and try to avoid them at all cost until I absolutely have to go, but I think you're gotten to that point.  Five months with pain is way to long to be miserable.  You will probably find it is some kind of infection that can be treated with meds and you'll wonder why you waited so long.
Good luck
 
Tanya,
I'm glad to see there are others out there like me.  I thought I was the only one with this problem.
 
 

Ellen
 
Curtis, 63, Diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
T1C
Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
PSA 4.10
Bone Scan Negative!!
 
DiVinci surgery done Oct 3, 2006
Catheter out Oct 11, 2006
After surgery T2C and cancer found on both sides instead of just one.
Pathology report came back clean!!!
 
First PSA test came back undetectable on December 7, 2006!!!!


2busymom
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 118
   Posted 12/8/2006 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Brama,

Do you have a therapist or counselor you're seeing to help you work through these anxiety/fear issues? If so, could they or a friend help you make an appt. with a Dr.? If you can get recommendations for a good urologist, perhaps you can ask to speak to his nurse, rather than the lady who answers phones and does the scheduling. If you explain your situation, the nurse may be able to schedule an appt. before or after hours, when things may be more calm and less hectic. The dr. could go more slowly, give you time to feel more comfortable.

You also may be able to find a Dr. in your area who makes housecalls. We have an organization where I live called "Dr.s making house calls". They come out and give exams, take blood etc. It's just a GP, but they may be able to rule things out. I'm sure they're used to helping people who have a hard time getting themselves to go out to a Dr.

bec
husband Jeff 45 years old, diagnosed 8/25/06
PSA 2.1, 2 of 12 samples at 3% & 4%, involving 1 side of prostate
Gleason 3+3=6 in both samples
laparoscopic radical prost. 10/17/06
cancer in both sides of prostate, positive in one area of margin
first PSA in 1/2007

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