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Forum Name: Urinary tract infections

Question: Cystitis caused by anxiety???

 misspink - Thu May 10, 2007 1:02 am

Dear Doc,

I'm an 20 year old female, history of diabeties, heart disease & cancer in the family, recently recovered from Phnemonia.

A few weeks ago I started needing to urinate VERY frequently yet there was never much there, there was no burning sensation but was diagnosed with Cystitis and put on a 5-day-course of antibiotics.

I thought I was better by the end of the course (I completed it however) but a few days later I noticed the problem coming back when I was nervous / excited / stressed etc... wondering if there's something similar that can be brought on by anxiety?

I am currently finishing my second lot of the antibiotics (had a second script made up) but the problem is still there, needing to urinate frequently yet having nothing to really get rid off, and even when I get off the toilet I feel like I need to go again. It tends to "strike" when I'm nervous, esp. when I'm driving etc. not near a toilet... is this anxiety or something? I'm finding it very hard to cope... Is there anything you can suggest?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Jun 09, 2007 10:42 pm

User avatar If you have not had a urine culture I would recommend doing this to be sure that you don't have a urine infection with an antibiotic resistant bacteria. It doesn't really sound like you have a bladder infection, though.

You may have a condition known as hyperactive bladder (also known as overactive bladder). Other possible conditions that could cause increased frequency would be issues like constipation or gynecological issues such as an ovarian cyst compressing the bladder.

If your symptoms persist you may want to see a urologist.

Best wishes.

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