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This is my story to date. I write to offer what help it might be to anyone experiencing similar symptoms.
My bladder has always been my weak spot! Many bouts of cystitis in my teens and twenties and many years later ( now aged 57 ) and four cystoscopies later, the urologist describeds me as having OAB.
I have found Oxybutynin as being the most effective treatment. It takes time to work, give it time. Initially I was taking 10mg a day and this was supplemented by Noratryptilene for nerve pain/burning. It was suggested that I have Cystistat instillations. I was unlucky and picked up a bad bladder infection. If I had been patient with Oxybutynin I would not have had the installations. I do wonder why they were suggested to me, I believe just to try something else, with no clear plan. I would urge questions on why treatments are being recommended.
I changed my diet and now try and keep to the bladder friendly foods. I do drink some alcohol and take prelief if I do. Following that regime I have been able to reduce my Oxybutynin to 5mg a day and still take Noratryptilene which has a mild anticholorgenic action. If I try to reduce the medication further then my symptoms return and I have constant urge and urgency. So, I realise the drugs are working. I did try switching to Mirabregon but they did not seem to work on my symptoms.
I do get side affects from the Oxybutynin and take Movicoll every take which I can tolerate. There are times when I feel as if my system has become too acidic and then I take some bicarbonate of soda.
I try to do pelvic floor exercises but could do them more often.
I hope this may be of some help.
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