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Sensitive / overactive bladder

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by minnie me, May 9, 2019.

  1. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Making my life a bit of a misery . Scan shows no issues other than bladder retaining liquid ( who knew ? ) . Have tabs which I take when absolutely necessary . Any advice from fellow sufferers ?? . Night time is worse but I can have whole days / week when I feel ‘ normal ‘ so also looking at triggers ?
     
  2. towncryer

    towncryer Senior commenter

    How old are you? If the wrong side of 40 and upwards I think this can be a common problem
    Have you tried pelvic floor exercises?
     
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  3. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Just turned 61. Yes I think it is quite common as I have read around the subject. I think I have quite strong pelvic muscles. The symptoms can be quite like cystitis with spasms ? and happen almost anytime - not a good combo ! I have experimented with the meds ( one tablet before bed ) when I am ‘struggling’ although they suggest two a day. I don’ t drink anymore as just a mouthful of red wine will immediately make me want / need the loo . My husband thinks it’s psychosomatic but the symptoms (believe me ) are real. I admit though being busy engaged and occupied can be v helpful in a distracted / ‘taking your mind off it ‘ way. Shall speak to my GP again . I am never ill so feeling like this uncharted territory . Thanks for the reply ....
     
  4. catmother

    catmother Star commenter

    I believe you!
     
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  5. towncryer

    towncryer Senior commenter

    Sounds familiar! It's miserable.I share your pain . I recommend staying away from alcohol and fruity/sugary drinks. Cut down tea and coffee and drink as much water as you can. Go to the loo as much as you can too.
    I am not too sure as not a Dr but I think it;s connected to the fact that as we get older we don't have as many natural fluids in certain places to keep the bacteria at bay. Therefore drinking a lot of water is important to keep flushing these bacteria out.Water is your friend!
     
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  6. towncryer

    towncryer Senior commenter

    And try a health supplement like menopace capsules.
     
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  7. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Yes I am a model patient ! No caffeine or alcohol. Cut down on sugary stuff ( food ). Initially I went because I thought I had an infection which was exacerbating my symptoms but not the case hence the scan and the meds ...... I had an ‘ attack ‘ like this two years ago but then things settled down. My trips to the loo day and night unfortunately have become more frequent as I have got older - sure this is an age thing in some capacity. Appreciate the comments and the ‘ sisterhood ‘ :D
     
  8. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    My friend has had botox injections in her bladder and it has been life changing.
     
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  9. towncryer

    towncryer Senior commenter

    I think there is a problem in that Drs don't take it all that seriously. Its brushed off as one of the symptoms of getting older...especially as there is no infection as such to deal with.However it is very very unpleasant...especially the spasms you talk about...and when they start you have no idea if they are going to go on for a short time or for a few days.
    Nice to know there is a fellow sufferer...well not nice...but you know what I mean.
     
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  10. towncryer

    towncryer Senior commenter

    Sounds interesting. Was this private treatment?
     
  11. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    I have read about this. ( I have Botox but in more traditional places ;) ) ... and I think (I scanned it ) it said that if it went wrong the consequences were bad - that said, very very, happy for your friend@lindenlea. Suspect always worth looking at alternatives .....
     
  12. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I think it was private now you ask @towncryer
     
  13. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Someone I know who has been inflicted for some time says her GP talked of a drug which was a ‘cure ‘ but affected heart rate - not in a good way - eek !
     
  14. Mars99

    Mars99 New commenter

    Try waterfall d mannose if it is like cystitis. Has its own website. Works for so many and is totally natural.
     
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  15. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Ah thanks !
     
  16. towncryer

    towncryer Senior commenter

    What is the name of the tablets you take Minne me? And do they work?
     
  17. Mars99

    Mars99 New commenter

    Waterfall d mannose and they do work for many people depending on the problem. You need to go on their website (same name - just google it). and read the testimonials. They’ve worked for me many times where antibiotics haven’t stopped it coming back and a maintenance dose stops the problem recurring.
     
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  18. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    They are called Detrusitol ....and yes I suppose they have helped but she gave me 56 and I I think I have taken fewer than 20 ? I prioritise night as I have what I call
    ‘manic ‘ attacks when I can visit the loo @ 3 times an hr ! and then settle into a routine of every two ( hours ) ...,..,,It’s almost as if my body clock is in control and I am conditioned to go - make sense ? I don’t expect any sympathy from her when I next ask for an appointment as I have been selective in my approach to the meds BUT it will give her a chance... to explain why I am not emptying my bladder as I should and if there are any answers ?
    The last two days I have felt great except again at night when I have lost count of the number of bathroom visits :eek: .....
     
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  19. 7eleven

    7eleven Senior commenter

    I recently visited a physio who specialises in women’s health as I want to strengthen my pelvic floor. She mentioned that any slight prolapse can tilt your bladder and prevent it from emptying properly, in that you get a little puddle left in the bladder. Her recommendation was to tilt forward after urinating, almost lifting your bottom off the loo seat, to ‘tip’ out any remaining urine. I haven’t had any luck with this myself, but might be worth trying?
     
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  20. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Thanks for that. I know nothing about prolapses ( slight or otherwise ! ) but I suspect this may be something the GP may consider ? Had such a bad night and ended up taking a tablet @ 1 o ‘ clock . Not sure if it is madly effective ? I have a holiday coming up with long flights but a beach at the end . Want to see the GP ASAP to trial an alternative drug (if possible ) if just for when I am in transit ... the attacks ( and they pass ) seem to come from no where and this is what I find most disconcerting. It helps to write about it though as my husband ( though wanting to be helpful ) cannot appreciate how I feel and I don’t want to keep banging on about it ......
     

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