Fifty five and older
Frequent bladder infections
Men more than women
Pink rosy urine
My bladder frequently hurts. Usually it is most bothersome during and after a bladder infection. My bladder pain starts to feel better if I carry a jug of water around and just drink and drink. When I feel a bladder infection coming on I am afraid to take something for the pain because I want a clear idea of what I have and I don't want to mask my symtoms. But when I do take something, I take a medication called Phenazopyridine. It turns my pee dark orange and will stain the toilet seat if I am not careful, but it totally does the job. It does however make me tired so I can only take it a night. It is suprising to me how advil does nothing for my bladder pain. You see I am not a doctor or medical professional. I should have paid attention in my physiology class as an undergraduate, perhaps then I would even have a remote idea, as to why my body does what it does.
I do know however that a painful bladder is a symtom of bladder cancer and frequent bladder infections can cause it. Now before I start sounding like a hypchondriac, you need to know that I do not spend my days thinking about bladder cancer. It is just something I thought I should write about because it happens.