I’ve had recurring TCC for 13 years. I have done BCG treatments the whole time. I always have severe pain and bleeding a couple hours after I release the solution. It’s extremely unpleasant to the point I always debate whether I’m going to go back. They have never given me any kind of treatment for the discomfort, other than the Pyridium and ibuprofen, which do not work.
The pain issue with the whole process has become a big issue with me. I just had surgery (resection of tumors) this week and normally my doctor would prescribe hydrocodone for any discomfort. Now he is too scared because of the opioid crisis. I have never asked for a refill or displayed any signs there was a problem. They just expect you to go home and sit in your discomfort. They also want to believe their alternative pain solutions actually help because it makes them feel better. They don’t realize the repeated discomfort and pain is just as traumatizing as any diagnosis. Opioids can be used safely and effectively and are indicated in many cases. It’s just become a buzz word in the media that’s hurting patients in need.