Hello,

Today I turn 22 years old, yet I've never had a more disturbing, unpleasant birthday to date.

I'll start with the past:
During the past few years, I experienced an uncomfortable burning sensation at the tip of my penis after urinating from time to time. During the first two years, it was a rare occasion- I would estimate only about once a month. I dismissed it as side effects from a "less than nutritious" college student diet.

However, around Jan-Feb of 2008, the symptoms became more noticeable. I started to notice more frequency in the burning sensations. In many cases, after urinating, my entire penis would have a burning pressure for several minutes (sometimes even hours), causing an awkward sensation that I still needed to urinate...even though there was nothing left to empty.
Around this time, I also noticed many occasions in which I would be required to exert a great deal of pressure just to start a urine stream. Maintaining the stream was also somewhat difficult at times, and the flow itself would sometimes separate in different directions.
Of course, once again, stupid ol' me assumed it was due to a poor diet so I never saw the doctor. I figured it was due to McDonalds/Taco Bell every other day, combined with my failure to remember to drink water each day.

During the past 4-5 weeks, I noticed that the same symptoms described above, except they have grown far worse. The pressure and burning is there each and every day, and now I feel a nasty burning within my penis and abdominal area for several hours each time after I urinate. On some days, it never goes away.
Two weeks ago I started being more conscientious about my poor diet, and began drinking more water and eating healthy foods. Yet, the problems and irritations persisted. It was time to see the doctor....

Last Saturday (Nov 8, 2008), I went to see my family doctor. I explained the symptoms and he prescribed Ciprofloxacn, 500 mg tablets to be taken twice daily. I was given 14 pills for a 7 day period. Unfortunately, it's been 5 days now, and I have not noticed any relief or improvement. If anything, the lingering burning pain may have become stronger.

QUESTIONS:

1. I'm the kind of guy that enjoys independent research, and after reading several articles online, I'm wondering if I could have Cystitis or some kidney infection? Would the anti-biotic Cipro fail to clear these problems up?

2. Should I call my doctor and arrange an appointment with him ASAP and explain that the Cipro appears to have failed?


Additional Information:
This is not related to an STD; I am certain of that.
I do not have diabetes.


Thank you in advance for your help, everyone.

I am really looking forward to finding the solution to this problem, as it's been haunting me for months.
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replied November 13th, 2008
Extremely eHealthy
Welcome
Hi and Happy Belated Birthday

Yes it is horrible to spend your birthday sick.
You should call the doctor explain how you are not feeling any better. It's possible you have a kidney infection, this happens when a UTI goes untreated and/or the medications do not work.
Are you having flank pain?
Did the doctor do an ultrasound? This can detect a stone but a CT scan is much better for this, it all depends on the size of the stone(s).

Best Wishes
Keep us posted.
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replied November 13th, 2008
Hello and thanks for the response,

Assuming flank pain refers to "to pain in one side of the body between the upper abdomen and the back," no, I have not recently noticed any major problems. On two separate occasions, 6 and 3 months ago, I had a nasty pain towards my lower back for 1-2 day periods. After that period, the pain essentially went away on its own. The feelings were quite sharp, yet I had absolutely no idea what could have caused something so random. I'm not sure if this is related or not.

I have not had an ultrasound yet, though I have the distinct feeling that will be the next step once I call in and explain the situation.

All in all, I suppose I'm surprised that the potential symptoms of a UTI could stay in a minor form for so long. Is it really possible to have a UTI and not notice any extreme obnoxious burdens/pains for 1-2 years?
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replied November 14th, 2008
Extremely eHealthy
I think if you've had a UTI for 1-2 yrs it would have spread to your kidneys.
I hope your doctor orders a scan to see if there is more going on with this.
You might have had a kidney stone or more 3-6 months ago but passed it without realizing it was a stone...that's happened to me before. When the stones are small (very small) this is possible.
Keep me posted.
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replied November 17th, 2008
Thanks again for your responses.


Just a quick update:

I forwarded my original description of the problems (essentially my 1st post up top with some minor editing) via fax to my doctor last Friday. After reading it, he suggested I see a urologist asap.

So, I'm off to the specialist in an hour from now. Hopefully, we're getting closer to solving the puzzle.
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replied November 19th, 2008
Extremely eHealthy
Glad to hear you are seeing a specialist.
Please keep us informed.
All the best..Smile
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replied November 30th, 2008
I thought I'd swing by and post a quick update.

The urologist scheduled an ultrasound and cystoscopy. Last Monday, I had the ultrasound; however, I will not know the full results until tomorrow.

I will also have the cystoscopy tomorrow bright and early in the morning. I can't honestly say I'm looking forward to such an "interesting" procedure, but the thought of anesthesia brings a great deal of consolation. Razz

I'll post more as info becomes available.
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replied December 1st, 2008
Extremely eHealthy
Thanks for the update. I wish all the best with your tests.
Keep us posted.
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