DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm a 45-year-old woman. Now and then, I suddenly feel pain every time I urinate. It lasts for a week or so and then goes away. My doctor said I don't have a urinary infection and didn't prescribe any treatment. What else might be causing my symptoms?
DEAR READER: Several different conditions can cause such symptoms, including a bladder infection, kidney infection, or vaginitis.