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I am a 22 year old male who has started recently suffering with bladder issues.

I have always had a fairly weak bladder genetically and had the problem looked at at the age of 16. I was informed there was no medical issue.

In the 6 weeks or so the problem has escalated to the point where I am needing to go every 5 to 10 minutes.

Naturally, I consulted a doctor about this problem and took multiple tests such as an STI test for the sexual diseases associated with urinating regularly and also had blood tests. The tests said that there was no medical issue that could be identified.

The problem seemed to temporarily go away but then began to worsen again around 10 days ago. I have begun taking tablets which have been proven to assist with over active bladder (urostemol).

I have cut my caffeine intake completely as this can be cause of OAB and have also reduced my alchohol intake.

The problem does not seem to be going away and is affecting my mental health considerably and is getting me very worried.

Therefore, I could do with some advice on ways to potentially fix this issue.

Thanks in advance.

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I think the next step would be to ask your GP for a referral to a urologist so that you can discuss both the current issues and previous history of bladder weakness.  Everyone on this group can completely understand how distressing this is especially if it develops very suddenly.  I assume infection has been completely ruled out?

Go back to your GP and ask for an urgent referral.  Needing to urinate every 5-10 minutes needs an investigation.  The medications prescribed can take a while to build up and there are different ones that a urologist can discuss with you once more detailed investigations have been carried out.

Its also worth checking that there is a pelvic floor or back issue impinging on nerves in the bladder or pelvic floor region.  A pelvic floor physio might also be a route.

Keep us updated and hopefully this will be resolved very quickly.
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