It’s quiet. No one’s talking, everyone’s focused. Serious faces, frustrated head scratching. Out of nowhere, there’s a smooching sound coming from your bag. You realize that those kissing penguins your friend gave you actually kiss. And LOUDLY. As you look up, everyone in the room is Staring. At. You.
Sure enough, most of us haven’t brought kissing penguins to exam day. But all of us have felt embarrassed about something or the other. Those skeletons in the closet. Dust swept under the rug. That infection in an awkward spot.
Ever heard of cystitis? It’s essentially a cystitis, meaning your bladder’s inflamed. Fairly common in women, about 20% of females have at least once during her lifetime. Men, on the other hand, rarely get cystitis, though the chance for it does increase with age, as the prostate increases in volume.
If you have it though, you’ll essentially feel pain in the lower pelvis area, around your lower back, above the pubic bone, or on your abdomen. Urinating will be painful, periodical, and/or nocturnal. Moreover, your urine may have blood, and be dark, cloudy, or smell strongly. In general, you might feel unwell, weak, or feverish. Now try introducing yourself with a topic like that; how embarrassed would you be?
For those feeling too shameful to even bring it to the doctor’s attention, beware: if not properly treated early on, they can lead to kidney infections, or even permanent kidney damage. Cystitis treatment can be fairly simple once diagnosed. Of course, if you don’t seek medical help, you can’t know for sure what type you have.
And believe me, there’s a fair amount of variety when it comes to these painful afflictions. Traumatic (the most common), STD bacteria, interstitial, eosinophilic, hemorrhagic, and so on. Causes can range anywhere from bladder bruising after intercourse to strains of E. coli, pregnancy, condoms, STD bacteria like Chlamydia or Mycosplasma, catheters (tubes for emptying the bladder), radiation therapy, cysts, and many more beyond that. So what does that mean for you if you have a cystitis?
First, get yourself to the urgent care clinic doctor. There, you may be given a urinalysis that may indicate white or red blood cells in the urine. That or you may need to have a urine culture taken to figure out if your infection is bacterial, and which antibiotic to take. Before any of that though, understand that you don’t have to be embarrassed about having a cystitis or sharing it with others. After all, if you’re a woman, you’d be in the minority if you didn’t get one. If you’re a guy, know that almost all the women in your life have gone through it.
If you’re still not comfy with the idea, get it checked out quickly at a walk in clinic. You can head in right now and be seen in under 30 min. Confidentiality is a guarantee and friendliness is an added bonus. Don’t wait too long: your simple cystitis might turn into a permanent disability.