Patient Comments: Bladder Spasms - Describe the Feeling


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Comment from: Melinda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I have had bladder spasms for 40 years, since I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis when I was 16. I never experience pain until I void my bladder. But, because I know that will do it, I often delay urination too long. When I go my bladder relaxes to allow urine flow, but when my bladder is empty it starts to push like it is trying to release something that isn’t there. It makes me think of a urinary equivalent of dry heaves. If it continues for long it does feel like labor contractions.

Comment from: LYN, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 20

Bladder spasm feels like your bladder is pulsing and throbbing and continually pushing to urinate. I was urinating about every 10 minutes, sometimes nothing coming but the urge and pressure is painful. I got no sleep all night. I was prescribed Vesicare which soothed the bladder in a few hours. Hopefully I will be able to manage it with this. It was made much worse by urinary infection.

Comment from: brendas, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I had a pain start, felt like labor pains. Felt like the bottom was falling out. I had to leave work, lay in bed with a heating pad all evening. I took pain pill and azo, finally got some relief but next day I still had bladder spasms all day. I was wondering if I was needing bladder suspension or if it was such a bad spasm.

Comment from: Jean, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 08

When I have these bladder spasms the pain starts in the bladder up my body and out to my fingers. It feels like I am being shocked and the urge to urinate is awful and then comes the surge and there is no way to stop it. The pain is at times almost unbearable, I have cried more than once from the pain!

Comment from: DS7469LS, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I have bladder spasms from time to time. The first time I had them the pain seemed mostly in the urethral opening. It felt like I was being stabbed. I tested negative for any urinary tract infections. The episode lasted several weeks. This current episode is much worse. The spasms are very similar to labor pains; in intensity, duration and timing. At the height of the spasm urine is squeezed out. Over the counter medicines such as Azo have given me more relief than any prescription my urologist has given me.

Comment from: bearylynn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

Simple explanation. A few seconds after stating urine stream, the area (urethra, bladder) tightens up uncontrollably. Bladder spasms are extremely painful. It started after vaginal surgery (10 years ago) and I still take Ditropan XL every day. I want to stop Ditropan. I believe it is responsible for sinus dryness and severe, chronic bacterial sinusitis.

Comment from: Isabella, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

First I have a severe, urgent need to urinate, but little to no urine is excreted. I have severe pain in my vaginal area up to my lower abdomen which lasts approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute, it feels like a hot poker is being inserted, then the pain gradually decreases. I never know when they're going to start or when they will end, sometimes I am debilitated for hours to 2 or 3 days.

Comment from: [email protected], 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I have bladder spasms and colon spasms. This has really wrecked my life and nervous system. I urinate myself to death and it hurts so badly. It is really hard to deal with.

Comment from: Cluefree, 45-54 (Patient) Published: July 28

If I hold my urine too long, my right side, which I think is my kidney, starts to ache. I generally run to the restroom before the pain starts but if I wait too long my bladder contracts and the pain in my side increases exponentially. I feel sick to my stomach and light headed to the point of passing out. The pain subsides and then I return to normal. I'm not getting any burning or sudden urge to go.

Comment from: sassy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 25

I have bladder spasms and they are bad. The only thing that helps is Azo, sometime I take it every night.

Comment from: shirley, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had prolapsed bladder/bowel surgery in 2012. I had a lot of pain, had tests but nothing showed up. I have been in hospital about 7 times this year and found out I have bladder and bowel spasms. I recently had Botox and steroid injection into bladder but I am still in pain and have depression. The surgeon said a nerve has been damaged.


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Comment from: tamm0449, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 18

When I have a spasm, I feel an immediate urge to urinate and have to run to the bathroom. In extreme cases, I will feel a painful pinching sensation at the opening of my bladder.


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