stazmatic wrote:I know this is an older post but I am having the same problems with having a clear urine test but it keeps feeling like I have a UTI. I just saw a urologist for the first time and he found that I am retaining urine in my bladder. After emptying completely, i still have about 5-7 ozs. of urine left in my bladder. He has discussed doing a urethral dilation to help open up my urethra to help me empty better. I was wondering if anyone else has had this procedure done and how much did it help you. I am worried that I have Candida going on in my system too because I have had 3 UTI's since being diagnosed with MS and have taken antibiotics for them all and know this can really cause Candida to run rampant in one's body. Anyone have anything to share about urethral dilation or how to cure Candida in one's body will be appreciated.
I have my unique take on this: Insulin is extremely irritating; it is like "lye in the pipes." I think insulin is caustic to the inside of the bladder and gives the same "feeling" as a UTI, but would not reveal a bacterium when tested. I think jimmylegs told me once that there is a urine dipstick test for insulin – I have never had one. This might be a good test to request.
By the way, excess insulin DOES thicken and stiffens smooth muscles (among other places, smooth muscles surround and operate the urinary bladder – they contract to expel the urine and, as sphincter muscles, they control the "starting" and "stopping."). I assume that a change in those muscles results in a change of function.
I do not know if there is an easy test for Candida; it might be a good idea to rule that out as well.
I had the urethral dilation; I would NEVER have done it, if I had been told how badly and how many days afterwards it would BURN to urinate! If there was any benefit, it was VERY short-lived.
My hypothesis: excess insulin (hyperinsulinemia) plays a major role in MS, as developed in my initial post: http://www.thisisms.com/forum/general-discussion-f1/topic1878.html "Insulin – Could This Be the Key?"