I have had a problem with my bladder for quite some time. I never really understood what is going on but I thought it was because I am so often physically unable to go to the toilet as often as I need to. This results in holding the urine which can cause infection. I still do not have adequate medical care as my GP surgery simply don't offer me any meaningful treatment. I am looking for another surgery, but don't want to jump to another only to find that their doctors also believe that my illness is somehow psychological and undeserving of treatment.
In the meantime I have found this website which gave me far more information and some suggestions. I hope it might help some of the rest of you who are suffering with bladder pain and problems.
bladderproblem.co.uk There is also a Bladder Diary there that you can do online. The purpose is to have information to take to your GP so that you can describe the problem adequately. In my case, I think this would require a GP who is interested and knows something about this problem. Anyway, I am doing the bladder diary for my own benefit as I may be able to see some patterns that will help me untangle the problem
I have also begun eliminating most of the foods on the list of acidic foods that I found online. This was a link from a British Association of Urological Surgeons, I think. I have looked at a lot of websites in an effort to get a scientifically based food list of things which are really going to cause irritation to the bladder. I found what seemed to be the best list at foodsmatter.com.
However, they have on their patient section of the website a part that indicates what should be done by the physician when you go there with a urinary tract infection. I find that this examination has NEVER been done and it seems a lot more detailed than any I have ever had, even when I had completed more than two courses of antibiotics and the symptoms came back within a few days of completing the tablets. Although I have not really complained, I did make it clear that this was the case and I was left with no suggestions about what to do. It seems that I am being ignored by my doctor. I wonder if this is just the way GPs operate now, or whether it is due to them thinking that a person with a Fibromyalgia diagnosis is imagining or pretending to have symptoms.
Here is the link for what to expect when you visit your doctor with a possible urinary infection: