Since the start of June, my bladder
has started to become more sensitive. I don't really know how else to explain it. Started off as a dull pelvic ache - no UTI, urine
sample negative. Doctors put me on various types of antibiotics anyway - no change. Since then, gradually I've developed increasing sensation of needing to urinate, all the time. I had a cystoscopy which showed a "perfect bladder lining". I am not retaining any urine (had several ultrasounds before and after urinating). I can keep a normal voiding diary, it's just the sensation of having to urinate, even when I don't need to. I'm not leaking any urine. This sensation heightens as I drink water.
Symptoms are a bit odd - if I lie down and just run my hand over where my bladder is, I get the urge to urinate stronger. If I sit with my legs crossed, I feel like I'm squishing my bladder a bit, the urge to urinate is stronger. It's like the normal bladder filling sensation, and sensation of when my bladder was full, has changed a bit - it's more sharp, acute, rather than the more gentle bladder full sensation I used to have.
I've also had pain in my belly button. It feels like a string is pulling from my belly button to my bladder. I feel the belly button pain and the bladder discomfort concurrently. It feels maybe like nerve pain, a pulling sensation between the two. It's the sensation you get when you stick your finger deep in your belly button and wiggle it around, that need to pee feeling - I have it all the time. My doctor was able to much lessen the belly button pain with 200mg of Lyrica (I've been taking 100mg a day for a week), and 8mg valium. The super sensitive belly button pain went, but if I gently run my hand over my belly button, or gently run my hand over my bladder, I get that "stick your finger deep in belly button and wiggle - have to pee" feeling. That feeling is lesser, all the time. That's the best way I can describe all this.