How do I stop having to pee all the time?
September 26, 2011 8:58 AM Subscribe
I'm sick of having to pee every hour. Help!
posted by pete to health & fitness (42 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Male, mid 20s, feeling way too young to have this issue.
Beginning a year or so ago, I've had to pee every hour to 2 hours. It's insanely annoying and I'm not sure what to do about it. During the day, it averages around an hour and a half. At night, I'll regularly wake up 1 or 2 times to use the restroom. It's driving me nuts!
My GP first tried prescribing antibiotics to treat it as a UTI, because the dipstick test returned some conflicting results. Their dipstick test did not return positive results for diabetes. Upon the return of the test from the lab, I did not have a UTI. At that point, it was still a problem, so they referred me to a urologist.
I've done all the tests with the urologist, including a CT scan and an inside look at my bladder with a camera (forget the exact name of the process, but it wasn't comfortable!). I've been on Flomax and Vesicare, for several months each. Both of them caused constipation to the point that it was unbearable to continue taking them. Neither of them helped.
I recently participated in a blood test and medical management program through my employer. The blood test returned several data points, including cholesterol and blood sugar (I fasted for the test). All results were within the normal range.
As an additional point of data, around the same time as the problems began, I started to jog for fitness. In the last year or so, I've lost 15-20 pounds. I run regularly, usually everyday, and have completed several 5k runs. I'm running a 10k in two weeks. I eat well and get plenty of rest. I've never been in better shape my entire life except I have to pee every hour!
I've started to wonder if it's all in my head or if it could be a medical problem. I am usually very thirsty (sign of diabetes?), but I've always been like that. I'm also usually quite hungry, but I've been attributing to the daily exercise.
I think I'm prone to anxiety and stress, but I've never been treated. As you may be able to imagine, having to pee every hour makes one extremely anxious. I need to make sure I pee before meetings at work and have to take frequent breaks during long car or plane rides. At this point, my urologist seems to think it's all in my head. I don't disagree, but I'm also not sure what to do. The anxiety sort of builds on itself when I think I need to use the restroom.
I really want and need to figure this out. I'm scheduled to visit London with a friend in December, which has long been a dream of mine. I'm sick of having to get up twice in the middle of the night when I'm sleeping over at the GF's house. I'm sick of having to duck out of long meetings at work to use the restroom.
I'm planning on contacting my GP this week to discuss other options with them. What does the hive mind suggest? Should I be searching out a therapist? Do I need to request additional blood tests from my GP? Do I find another urologist to get a second opinion?