Hey Guys. Im sort of in a strange state of mind at the minute, panic, stress, confusion and worried all at the same time about the constant feeling of having to urinate since i took Finasteride for an extremely short period of time.
Long story short, in December 19th 07 I got a prescription for Proscar and only took the pills (1.25mg daily) for SIX days. On the fifth and sixth day i realised i was urinating a lot more than normal (sometimes 2/3 times an hour at its worst!) and immediately discontinued the drug. But i booked an appointment with my doctor on Christmas Eve and of course he tested me for a UTI but everything was clear, however he gave me antibiotics (which didnt help anything). A few days after Christmas i went through a bit of a personal crisis when my longterm relationship with girlfriend broke down, and within a few days my urination problems had all but dissappeared (maybe my mind just completely forgot about the urination problems?). Fast forward to mid January and after working out (for the first time in years) i felt a strain on both sides of my abdomen after pushing too hard, and thats when the urination frequency returned and is still with me today. I went back to my doctor and he ordered another urine sample test, and some blood tests - which came back clear and the doc said the bloods were perfectly normal (unsure of what specific blood test he did but i know it was something to do with the kidney and bladder).
Symptoms - Frequent Urination always during the day/evening (some good days, some bad, on a bad day its hourly, othertimes when i cut back on fluid i can hold off for 2-3 hours or even up to 5/6 hours), however i never woke up in the middle of the night needing to urinate. A feeling that urine is still in my penis after i urinate and i cannot shake out the last drops. A slightly sore penis tip (looks a bit red). Occasional testicle ache and perrinel (sp?) pain. I never had any pain while urinating, but occasionally have trouble starting especially if i attempt to urinate so soon after my last toilet trip.
Anyway last night i worried myself sick looking around the internet at prostrate problems when i came across a condition called Interstitial Cystitis and convinced myself that this disease is exactly what i have, despite the fact that i knew my problem started when i took this fucking drug. So just looking for some advice from people who may have had similar symptoms as myself becuase researching the internet and reading other peoples conditions who never took this drug can do wonders on the mind, infact i was panicking last night thinking i would have to deal with IC for the rest of my life. Im out of work at the minute so sitting on my ass all day does it no good whatsoever, i feel better when im not sitting down actually. The only thing im taking at the minute is Ibuprofen that my doc gave me for inflammation.
(btw i have absolutely no libido problem, although my semen is a bit more watery than it used to be, but still getting random erections which is great )
Anyways great site guys, ANY help is appreciated.