“I couldn’t have sex and had to crawl around my house in pain from chronic urinary tract infections”

A woman who felt like she had glass for two years after a chronic urinary tract infection has told how she spent £16,000 to have her bladder lasered painlessly.

Megan in the hospital
At times Megan could hardly walk because of the pain

A woman who felt like she was “crying glass” for two years after suffering a chronic urinary tract infection that caused her to have to crawl through her house in agony has spent £16,000 to have her bladder lasered painlessly to permit.

Megan Pate, 29, was diagnosed with an infection when she experienced terrible bladder pain during a shift at her nursing job in July 2018.

The infection and pain persisted despite antibiotics and Megan was admitted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, in September 2018 when her pain worsened and she could barely move.

She was referred to a urologist and in January 2019 was diagnosed with painful bladder syndrome — a chronic condition that causes bladder pressure, pain, and sometimes pelvic pain.

She felt like crying glass


Megan Pate/SWNS)

She could barely walk because of the debilitating pain


Megan Pate/SWNS)

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But treatment failed to relieve her pain and by April 2020 it got so bad that Megan had to walk bent over and was housebound because of her agony.

She was unable to work and became very isolated.

Taking matters into her own hands, Megan sought private care and was diagnosed with a chronic urinary tract infection by a specialist in London in June 2020.

She started long-term antibiotics but still saw no changes and could barely walk due to the pain.

But after watching Geordie Shore’s Marnie Simpson visit a surgeon in Turkey during her own battle with a chronic UTI, she took the plunge to travel to Istanbul, Turkey, in August 2021.

Due to the recurring infections, Megan had to crawl around her house at times


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Megan was admitted to the Royal Victoria Infirmiry, Newcastle in September 2018


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She underwent extensive surgery to burn away the infected problems in her bladder and has now been treated with antibiotics which are beginning to improve her condition.

Now, after spending £16,000 on private treatment, Megan is able to leave home and is beginning to regain her strength and social life after the effects of the past four years.

Megan, a nurse from Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, said: “It felt like I was walking past glass blades as I went to the toilet.

“For the past two years I have had to crawl around my house because it was too painful to walk.

“I can’t even share a bed or sofa with my partner Jonny, 29, because I can feel the slightest change in my bladder. We couldn’t have sex and even now I’m very cautious in case it causes an infection.

“It’s taken me so long to get to this point, but I’m just looking forward to getting my life back.”

Megan was on a shift at work when she was writhing in pain and after a visit to the walk-in center she was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection (UTI).

After going back and forth to the center six weeks later, she was still in pain from the infection.

“I had a lot of burning going to the bathroom,” Megan said. She went to her GP and was referred to a gynecologist but was still struggling with the pain.

“It wasn’t until I was admitted to the hospital that they referred me to a urologist who diagnosed me,” Megan said. “They gave me medication for my bladder spasms.”

Megan underwent hydrodistension – a procedure in which the bladder is filled with water to find out what’s causing the pain – and urethral dilation – a procedure in which the sides of the urethra are stretched.

After being diagnosed with painful bladder syndrome, Megan was told her condition was incurable and had bladder instillations every two weeks, but found that the treatment was not helping her.

“I was struggling more and more,” she said. “I was in agony, so there was just nothing I could do or go anywhere.”

Megan contacted a specialist in April 2020 who told her she had chronic UTI – a persistent or recurring urinary tract infection.

“I passed my bladder lining and was completely housebound,” she said. I felt so isolated. If I went to the doctor, I would feel every bulge in my bladder.”

She was prescribed long-term antibiotics, but saw no change in her pain.

“I saw Geordie Shore’s Marine Simpson talk about her UTI pain and saw her go to Turkey,” Megan said.

“I was so desperate not to be in pain, so I researched it and decided to give it a try.”

Megan Pate, 29, was diagnosed with an infection while experiencing terrible bladder pain


Megan Pate/SWNS)

Having suffered nine infections since the surgery, Megan is now beginning to see massive benefits.


Megan Pate/SWNS)

In August 2021, Megan flew to Istanbul, Turkey to meet Dr. Sevinc and underwent bladder fulguration – a procedure to destroy abnormal growths or tissue.

“He told me my bladder was full of infected tissue so he had to burn it all off,” she said. “It was so bad that no antibiotic would ever have helped.”

Having suffered nine infections since the surgery, Megan is now beginning to see massive benefits.

“I’m no longer in excruciating pain every day,” she said. I have more energy and can walk straighter because the pain is less.

“It feels like I’m finally getting my life back. I still have to be careful about what I eat and take things slowly, but I’m finally feeling positive again.”

dr Sevinc said: “Megan is a very special patient to me and when I met her I could see that she is a real fighter.

“Her bladder was invaded by inflammatory tissues that were semi-healed by long-term treatments.

“We cleaned her bladder so she could recover properly.

“Recovery is always difficult for chronically injured bladders, but it is brave and strong.” "I couldn't have sex and had to crawl around my house in pain from chronic urinary tract infections"

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