<%@ taglib uri="/WEB-INF/struts-logic.tld" prefix="logic" %> Urodynamics, Interstial Cystitis, Meatotomy
prevention magazine article
readers letters
    But on the eve of a long anticipated move to New York City in 1975, my symptoms started once again. I went in for yet another dilation and antibiotics. I assumed the symptoms would stop, as they always had, following this course of treatment. But they did not. As my husband and I drove slowly to New York we made endless stops at restaurants and gas stations to accomodate my constant urge to urinate. Nights I made 15 to 20 trips to the bathroom, hardly sleeping, more and more terrified.
    My intestinal problems worsened also. I had constant gas and severe constipation. Now, there was another frightening and mysterious aspect of my cystitis. Dozens of urinalyses over the next 10 years would reveal infection only once! And later I would discover that no infection was found from 1972 to 1975 either. What, then was causing all this misery?
    The next six years were spent merely coping and in fruitless trips to specialists in an effort to get help. In the beginning I cried quietly through breakfast and dressing for work, right to the elevator door. My marriage, already problematic, quickly degenerated. We were divorced within two years. An old friend from Minneapolis wrote that she would like to visit me for a couple of weeks. I was chronically depressed and too exhausted to respond. Three months later she was dead of a suicide. Her husband told me she, too, had
had severe health problems. My sister came and went and I was almost indifferent to her efforts to comfort me. A friend from Europe stayed with me for two weeks while she was in New York and I didn't even have the energy to fill my refrigerator for her.
    The years from 1975 to 1982 were not without joy. I married an old high school friend living in New York and I had a good job. But even summer vacations in Maine with David, which should have been idyllic in every way, were very difficult for him and sometimes almost unendurable for me. I envied the stranger on the street, the poorest soul on the subway his physical peace.
      In the fall of 1979 a teaching urologist said he thought he could help me with an operation involvingelectrical cauterization of the irritated neck of the bladder. Other urologists told me they had not been able to duplicate his results. I was terrified of further manipulation of the bladder, especially afraid I would become incontinent. But I was also desperate. I underwent the operation.
    After a two-month recuperation, my bladder seemed better. But the level of urgency gradually returned.
    Four months after David and I were married, I became pregnant, and despite my health problems I was determined to have the baby. Irrationally, I hoped it would somehow help. I asked my gynecologist if she anticipated that my bladder would get worse with the pregnancy. She said there was no way to know. Then
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