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All things bladder related / Re: Types of Incontinence
« Last post by cazoo on November 25, 2013, 05:40:04 PM »
Funny, i have just posted on anther thread, but you probably won't see this as it is so out of date.
I have exactly the same problem; I have always been a little weaker prior to my eriod, and think I am premenopausal which is why it is starting to get a little weaker in general. It is not stress,  Definately hormones, and I would love to know if anyone has any tried and tested sound advice.
The GP said to not avoid drinking as it makes the bladder more irritated. 
General Discussion / Re: Why is this site so quiet?
« Last post by cazoo on November 25, 2013, 05:36:36 PM »
Because i have only just discovered it.  I was looking for information as I think I am starting menoapuse and I am becoming a little leaky. Years ago I had a repair after the brith of my child (TVP) i think it was called but things have started again.  I know that I have to drink more than I do but came on to see if anyone had any advice related to this problem.  I shall bob on every so often, but it is a shame that it is so quiet as I am sure many people have problems in this area but are too reticent about fonding out anything and are miserable alone.
Here's to new discussion?
General Discussion / Re: Why is this site so quiet?
« Last post by knitwit on April 30, 2013, 10:07:19 PM »
So, 4 views but no comments! Hmmm...
General Discussion / Why is this site so quiet?
« Last post by knitwit on April 30, 2013, 12:11:13 PM »
I was just wondering why this site is so quiet but the sister site, Menopause Matters is so well 'attended'. There are quite a few threads on this site with many viewings but no replies. It is so good to be able to chat about our personal and hormonal issues anonymously and get other people's views and help. So, if anyone actually reads this, leave a comment!
All things bladder related / Types of Incontinence
« Last post by knitwit on April 30, 2013, 12:06:34 PM »
I read about stress, urge and nerve damage incontinence but none of these seem to fit me. I just leak - no warning and even after going to the loo. No stress, no urges. When I had regular periods it was worse in the week before I was due on and now it happens around the time I would have had my period so obviously hormone related. It would be just nice to know that I am not on my own. I have an appt with my gynaecologist soon (July) so hopefully will get some answers then.
All things bladder related / TVT-0 leaking again
« Last post by belverderebabe on March 13, 2013, 03:13:03 PM »
Hi I had a TVT-0 operation 7 months ago, and have started to leak again... has this happened to anyone else and do you know why and what the cure is... I am really worried  :(
All things bladder related / WHEN ONE'S BRAIN IS UNDULY ANXIOUS
« Last post by Gagamama on February 05, 2013, 11:07:58 AM »

It's a long time since I visited and I thought I would quickly check back here to see how you are all doing.
 Post TVT I have been getting on with my life but I have discovered that one's brain can play tricks  and make all one's anxieties worse.

Last year (2012 that is) was one of the worst of my life with five deaths of people who mattered to me (my Dad, two friends and both parents-in-law - with whom I was very close)....

During the periods of acute stress, those weeks immediately after the deaths when one is occupied with administrative requirements, I completely forgot about the urge incontinence bit...that had remained slightly there, in the background sort of thing ....BUT, as soon as the worst of each was over, I seemed to have a relapse with acute anxiety about dribbling. My intellect told me that the dribbles were so tiny (hardly dampening the pantliner and then only in the teeniest of drops), but the emotional part of my brain (perhaps the bit that was most stressed by the other events in my life) just threw me into a panic over these obsessions. Not only did I fear that the TVT was losing its effect after only a couple of years, I found myself doing the old - go to the loo at the last minute before leaving the house just in case - thing.

To cut a long story short: telling myself that it was my brain playing tricks, means I have forced myself to go back to the bladder retraining tips that I have spoken about earlier. Don't respond to the signals right away, try to get busy doing something else, repeat "it's my brain playing tricks" or "I won't give in" to myself over and over for a moment or two.

And it has worked - though I am still prone, at times of other anxiety, to get the old fears back.

So I want to say that one really can re-programme the brain to help! It takes effort and attention and cannot replace proper medical assistance be it TVT or oestrogen cream or any one of the new devices on the market to help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
It just seems to me that we are afraid of admitting any emotional/psychological aspects in case some person in authority says "it's all in your head"....
We know our bodies and should trust ourselves to be brave and admit that brains are funny things; they can make us happy or sad, positive or negative and yes, they can make our symptoms physically worse if we obsess about them.  If you are somebody currently struggling with the anxieties and fears, or the disappointment that some treatment has not been the cure one hoped, be brave, stand up to your brain because my own experience suggests that it can be a tyrant.

BTW, this is NOT suggesting that you are not touch enough if the anxieties run away with you. It is really HARD. I just want to encourage you to keep trying. Good luck.
All things bladder related / soreness
« Last post by belverderebabe on May 12, 2012, 06:09:14 PM »
Hi I have stress incontinence and was due to go into hospital in January but it got cancelled at the last moment, after months of waiting I have been told I should be scheduled to go in around July.

My problem is a few months ago I ended up bright red and sore around my vulva. it was all swollen and itchy, I had always used tenna ladies light but for some reason they were now making me really sore. My GP did some tests and gave me some strong steroid cream and it vanished. However every time I used the pads again it happened.

I am on my third lot of very strong ( steroid cream) but only use it when I get another flare up. Over the past few months I have only used it as and when I really need to, one of the GPs at the practice really scared me by saying how strong it was and would not prescribe it. I tried a weaker one but it did not help at all so was given a second tube of the dermovate. Also once that went I was given a third lot to take on holiday in case things got bad

My worry is that since being frightened about using it I have been really careful, not using pads unless going out and keeping exercise to a minimum. Over the past week my urine loss has been minimal by keeping still and I am still getting sore.

Please does anyone else on the forum suffer like me and can you offer me some encouragement that things will get better. I also wondered if I should just go all out and use the cream twice a day for a week say as that what fixed it for a while last time. I am also wondering if it could be something else, but until this gets sorted and ruled out I know my GP will not investigate.. I am feeling so miserable and am due to go away again before my operation.

All things bladder related / complex kidney cyst
« Last post by nigela on February 21, 2012, 12:08:14 PM »
well finally had my scan yesterday and it showed that the cyst was not a simple on but an odd shaped one with calcification. Worried now and waiting to see the urinologist and for a ct scan. anyone else have this condition/
I have the most awful low pain and pain in side and ache all the time and so tired. being menopausal of course doesn't help with the bad night sweats hot flushes etc.
Nigela x
All things bladder related / PKD
« Last post by nigela on February 15, 2012, 03:48:10 PM »
Hi I seem to have all the symptoms associated with this. I am awaiting a renal ultra sound scan. anyone on here have this condition?
Nigela x
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