ADVENTURES IN NATURAL HEALING First person stories of self-help
There are two copies of the PREVENTION article
under this link: the second is a scanned copy of the original article, and
the first version is the same text, but has been re-typed to provide clearer,
easier type for reading. The scanned version is a bit "fuzzy,"
because the paper of the original magazine is similar to newsprint.
I left his office and
in the hallway, before I could reach the bathroom, the solution poured down
my leg. Sitting on a stool my bladder continued to convulse. It burned as
if acid were pouring out. At last I got up, left the medical building and
drove home. My husband came home to find me on the toilet, sobbing and overwhelmed
with the pain. He called the doctor, who
insisted that dilation was not painful and that I should take a hot bath. As miserable as this event
was, it was only the beginning of a 10-year ordeal with cystitis (bladder
infection) and with dilation, the popular "treatment." I did not go back to that doctor again. Instead,
a year later, when I had another bladder infection and severe intestinal
cramping and gas as well, I went to the student health service at the university
where I was attending graduate school. The infection was diagnosed and another
dilation done. The intestinal problem was attributed to "nerves"
and over the next four years various tranquilizers were prescribed.
In 1972, when the bladder symptoms recurred,
I wanted another opinion regarding dilation and was referred to a private
urologist. When he offered the same diagnosis and suggested the same treatment,
I accepted it and underwent six more dilations from 1972 to 1975, once with
each episode of urgency. I was told that I might have to have these treatments
for the rest of my life. I took two aspirin and two codeine before each
visit and thought little more about it.
Cystitis: Getting Off The Treatment Treadmill
Kay Zakariasen When I had my first
bladder infection in 1970 I had no idea what I was in for. I was referred
by my gynecologist to a urologist. He took x-rays of my bladder and diagnosed
the problem as chronic urethral trigonitis, a fancy term which means that
the urethra and base of the bladder were inflamed. Then he put me in stirrups
(and after numbing the area with an anesthetic) inserted a special instrument
into my urethra to measure its diameter. After the examination he told
me that my urethra was "too narrow." He said it would not permit
complete voiding and that infection was the result. On the second visit,
I was put in the stirrups again and an "otis bulb" was inserted
to stretch the urethra. This was followed by silver nitrate and cauterization
of the tiny rips. The doctor told me to hold this in the bladder for 15
to 20 minutes, if possible, before voiding.