Another thing my new doctor mentioned to me was interstitial cystitis.
"Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a condition consisting of pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort related to the bladder, typically associated with urinary urgency or urinary frequency. IC may also be referred to as painful bladder syndrome (PBS).
IC can affect women, men, and children of any age or race, but it is most commonly found in women. Three to 8 million women in the United States may have IC. That is about 3 to 6 percent of all women in the US. Approximately 1.5 million men have IC as well; however, this estimate is likely below the true rate because IC in men may often be mistaken for another disorder, such as chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
Many people with IC experience severe, chronic pain. Some feel like their insides are being cut apart with razor blades. Others compare the pain to red hot pokers stabbing at their pelvic area." - from the Interstitial Cystitis Association http://www.ichelp.org/
I don't feel that my symptoms are anywhere near this, but I do notice pain in my bladder when I eat certain things or take certain medications. I also suffer from frequent UTIs. She recommended I take something called D-Mannose and also to drink aloe juice everyday. More research on D-Mannose later. . .
The aloe juice to me tastes yucky but - I tried not drinking it for a couple days and yeah the pain was back!