For the past year and a half or so, I've been experiencing painful urinary tract infections. I seem to have one every three months. Sometimes I'd have all the symptoms, but there would be no bacteria or leukocytes in my urine, meaning there was no infection. Anyone who has ever experienced a UTI knows it's very painful and bothersome, so it's really frustrating that I'd get them so often. And even worse when I only experienced the symptoms because if there is no infection, there really isn't anything they can do to treat you. So I've basically just been popping Vicodin for the pain because that's all my doctor can give me until she figures out what it is that's causing it.
Today, she made me an appointment with a urologist for tomorrow because she thinks I might have a bladder blockage. They develop gradually and can cause UTIs, which would explain why this has been going on for so long. At this point, I'm hoping it's a blockage, even if it means possible painful stones, because at least we'll know what's causing them and we can take steps towards treatment.