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Registered: June 25, 2007
Posts: 180
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Hi, thanks for reading beyond the title!! I've always had occassional pain shooting up the urethra which I can manage with a cold pack and/or lidocaine gel, but recently been getting some in my vagina. It's literally like electric pain waves shooting up into me. Not sure what to do about helping this as more inside than the urethra!! Just wondered if anyone had any tips? Will try bi carb, but not sure it will help that area? Or maybe it's just bladder pain spreading out in new directions?!?! Any ideas or suggestions gratefully received! Thanks!!

Registered: Aug 4, 2008
Posts: 232
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Hi trotters

I get a lot of genital/urethral pain generally but also inside my vagina.  I have painful spasms that almost feel like vaginal contractions.  I have come to believe that all the pains I experience are associated with my bladder and I get 'deferred' pain in other areas.  This, I think, is nuerological, that is, I have been in pain for so long that the nerves in that area are now 'remembering' the pain  - a bit like pain from a phantom limb.  Sorry I'm not explaining this very well but not sure of all the technical terms.  I did find a bladder distension helped a lot with this type of pain but it has come back now and I am waiting to see the consultant again to ask for another distension. 

Hope this is of some help.


Registered: Jan 28, 2009
Posts: 51
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I also get shooting pains in the vagina as well as urethra. The doctor I saw at the pain mangaement clinic explained that the nerves in the bladder, vagina and rectal area are all part of the same nerve pathway, so if you get pain in one of the areas it can affect the others too. My GP has said he believes it is remebered pain as Sara explained, but the doctor at the pain clinic believed that the nerves have been damaged. Either way there is nerve pain and I have been prescribed amitriptyline for the pain.
Acupuncture has also been a great help in reducing the nerve pain.

Registered: April 2, 2008
Posts: 359
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Hi I had pain in the walls of my vagina and shooting pains in my urethra and since being on 50mg of ami, things have been much better. Hope you find something that helps


Registered: Aug 28, 2004
Posts: 247
Reply with quote  #5 

It has felt such a relief to read these posts. I experience shooting pains which feel like cramp up my back passage. But did not make the connection to my bladder problems. I will mention this next time I see my urologist.


Registered: June 25, 2007
Posts: 180
Reply with quote  #6 
Hi, thanks for all the replies and info. Much appreciated. I do take nortriptylene but only 20mg so might ask if this can be increased as been on this dose for a year or so now, might need to give it a boost! Now thinking of it, this seems to tie in with insomnia again, so increasing the nortrip would solve both problems! thanks!
I did take a bath with bicarb in and that seemed to help, not sure if if was just the heat and relaxation, or the bicarb too but will do this again next time! Seems to have calmed down now, although bladder hasn't, but at least I don't jolt in my chair every few minutes with the sudden pain!!

Geraldine - very pleased the acupuncture has continued to help you, are you still seeing the lady we both saw? xx

Registered: Oct 20, 2004
Posts: 914
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I get this aswell, although not very often. It feels like somebody is stabbing me with a pin, like a shooting pain.

Best Wishes


Survivor of IC since November 2002, finally diagnosed in Summer 2004. Had 4 cystoscopy's, 4 hydro-distentions, 3 urethral stretchers, 1 laparoscopy, 4 urodynamics, numerous ultra-scans, Cystistat and DMSO instils of which I have lost count, perform ISC, suffer with retention, pain, bleeding, frequency and urgency and now have a urethral stricture. Had botox injections in Nov 2014. I'm on ibuprofen and tramadol daily along with my other six daily tablets.

Registered: Oct 20, 2009
Posts: 34
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i have experienced this aswell, its like a really really sharp shooting pain right inside my vagina and urethra... its nice to know were not alone in this, i found it very worrying but glad it doesnt happen very often

Loza xxxx
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