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Hi all, I'm hoping you can help me regain control of my bladder.

 

Compared to what I have read so far on the forum I know I am not a severe case, and have only been affected for 3 weeks, however if there are answers I would like some. (never thought I'd say this but I'd love to go back to work)

 

I'm a 29 year old male who keeps fit through, running, kung fu and hit training, I also eat healthily most of the time and drink alcohol infrequently.

My problem in a nutshell is I cant stop peeing.

At first I thought I had a UTI, so was given a 7 day course of antibiotics from the Doctor. When this didn't clear after 7 days I went back and my urine was tested, no infection. 


Since then (2 weeks) i have been taking Oxybutynin which relaxes the bladder reducing the urge to pee. This does have an effect and through bladder training and basically not moving much I'm finding I'm able to hold urine, but the need to urinate never disappears.

 

My Doctor who I have seen three times now seems to think I have a bladder spasm caused by a period of dehydration as my symptoms came on quite suddenly.

 

The thing he cant understand is when I move around or have just urinated it gets worse.

 

I could watch TV for 4 hours and not desperately need to urinate, but when I walk around, do yoga, kegel exercises etc... I get desperate for a wee. I feel it low down in by abdominals and in my penis.

The more I pee the worse it gets, hence the bladder training, but it means I cant function normally. A short drive to the local supermarket is an ordeal and I often have to use the bathroom more than once. Movement seems to flare up my symptoms.

 

Sorry for the long message I'd just really like some answers to some of or all of the following questions if anyone knows. I'll start with an easy one ;-)

  1. What is wrong with me?
  2. if it is a spasm how long until I feel normal?
  3. Could it be something else? ( having a prostate blood test next week)
  4. Will the Oxybutynin really help?
  5. Are there any natural remedies that help? (magnesium/pumpkin seeds etc...)
  6. What else can I be doing.

I would really appreciate any help that could be offered as I feel like I am getting nowhere and am terrified this is now my life


It might also be important to mention I have IBS and have done for a number of years, again the issue is to much frequency. I use the FODMAP diet to control this which I would recommend to other sufferers.

Thanks for the help

Phil

 

 

 

 

 


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Hello Phil
Welcome to our Forum, I hope you will receive some comments from our Members, as our Bladders do seem to cause so many different symptoms as you will have read and is therefore not easy to give an answer that will suit all.

However may I suggest that you telephone the advice line and in particular tomorrow Wednesday as our Incontinence Nurse is in attendance and am sure she would offer you some very helpful advice. 0121 702 0820

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Hi Kate,

 

I did call yesterday but unfortunately the nurse was not in due to her own ill health.

 

One thing I have learned from the website is that I do not have a consistent flow when urinating, actually never have it comes out but by bit, could this be a cause?

Cheers

Phil


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Morning Phil
Am sorry Nurse was on sick leave, did you speak with any of the others in office? as they are able to assist or redirect you .

Am also sorry no one else has been able to reply, so I am really BUMPING this for you.

but I did see this thread and a reply from another new Male member this morning, that would be worth reading.( even though they have the opposite to you Doh!)See also Moderator Susan's reply also within.

HERE

Do keep posting, and hope we can find some assistance to help you.

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Hi Phil, welcome to the forums, I hope we are able to support and help you.

I suffer from bladder issues (Interstitial Cystitis and Fowlers Syndrome) and my husband has started having similar problems as you and he is having tests at present. His doctor referred him to a urologist who has ordered further tests, including a cystscopy which we are waiting a date for. So I understand your frustration and concern.

I think it's a very good idea to get your prostate levels checked as this prostrate issues are often the cause of male bladder issues. The prostrate can become inflamed and put pressure on the bladder which affects the bladder function. Have you had an ultrasound is done to check everything is ok? An ultrasound can be useful to see if you have any stones in your bladder and also if you are emptying your bladder completely or if you are retaining urine (for the ultrasound you usually have to drink a certain amount of fluid a set amount of time before the ultrasound so you have a full bladder. They then carry out the ultrasound of your bladder. You are then asked to empty your bladder and they then rescan your bladder to see if you are retaining any urine.

I would also suggest that your doctor sends you to a urologist as a cystscopy might be useful to see if there is any blockage etc that affects your bladder function.

I notice you have IBS, which is very common for a lot of bladder sufferers as the bladder and bowel are so close to each other and it not uncommon if one flares up the other joins in - which has you have now experienced is a real nightmare! Has your IBS become worse since your bladder issues started?

Have you looked at bladder friendly diet as there are certain foods that can really irritate a bladder and send it into a tailspin. For me, tomatoes, onions, pork, anything spicy, anything diet/sweeteners can set my bladder off on a frequency flare and cause bladder spasms that can last for hours or days.

I hope the above helps. I sincerely hope that your bladder issues are resolved quickly and you can go back to the life you enjoy.

Please keep posting and let us know how things are. Good luck x

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Hi all, thanks for your responses.

I did get through to a lady last Wednesday who was brilliant, she was able to push me in the best direction to go next.

I referred myself a few days ago to the local continent clinic but have to wait until the 27th of July for my appointment. In the mean time is there anything I should be doing? I'm starting a bladder diary onver the past few weeks my diet has been insanely good (no caffeine, alcohol, tomato's, onions, garlic, citrus fruits, spicy foods etc....)

The Oxybutynin seems to flare up my IBS in the morning but the rest of the day is ok. I'm going to ask my Doc to perscribe a different medication to see if it has a better impact with my IBS but also dry mouth, dry eyes and fatigue. Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks for the help

Phil

 

 

 

 

 


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I found Betmiga helpful. The slow release version is much more effective and I didn't suffer the side effects Oxybutynin causes.ive attached a link about the drug

I think you are doing all you can and it sounds like you have a very good grip on how to handle the bladder issues you are so sadly having to endure. Hopefully your local Continence service will be able to help you and give some further suggestions on how to improve/erridicate your bladder issues.

Please let us know how you get on and if you don't mind sharing it would be great if you could post what works/doesn't work as it's always very helpful to other posters who are experiencing the same symptoms as you. Good luck xx


https://patient.info/medicine/mirabegron-for-urinary-symptoms-betmiga

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Hello Phil

The nurse should be here again this Wednesday - do please give us another try then (0121-702-0820)

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Hi Phil
I am not male, and have no knowledge of prostate problems so cannot really advise, but just on a very basic level, as someone who has had bladder problems for many years now  (and IBS a long time ago), I would say that you have to be persistent with the GP and going to the urologist  is the way to go to get some hard facts on what is going on even if it is just to eliminate some causes.     Only when other things have been ruled out would it  then be safe to assume it is going to be along the lines of IBS that you have to learn to manage as best you can and live with.  Making that assumption and trying to just manage it  too early would be a shame in my humble opinion!

Betmiga as suggested by someone else is a different kind of drug to many of the others, so worth a try if risk factors don't clash with any other health issues.  Unfortunately I have found none to be effective and decided therefore not worth continuing,  but everyone is different!   Keeping the bladder diary is extremely helpful for the urologist I think.   As well as time, and volume, I added how it felt - e.g. urgency/pressure or "normal".  
Also bear in mind a no infection result after the antibiotics does not 100% mean there is no/has been no infection.
 
Occasionally when my bladder problems flare up I have just tried simple paracetamol to take the edge off things.  Just for a day, not long term and again only if that is ok with your general health.


Hope you get some answers soon.



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