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Increased incontinence

kevinb
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Joined: Mar 2009

Just wondering if anyone has noticed that they have had an increase in the amount of pads or leakage? I had Robotic surgery done on May 1 ,2009. The surgery was flawless and recovery has been good till now. My problem seems to be that over the past 3 to 4 days I have gone backward in the incontinence dept. I was using 3-4 pads a day now I need to use a disposal underwear with a boost pad in it.I have done Kegel exercise since May 13. Is it to early to be looking for improvement? Any thoughts? Please let me know. Thank you. Kevin

lion1
Posts: 239
Joined: May 2007

Kevinb,

You're right it's too early in the ballgame to tell--but if you want to see the ups and downs and path of incontinence, pull up my posts. I have been incontinent for 3 yrs, but I believe one way or another I'll lick this thing. I think my posts will help you. Hopefully in a few months you'll notice improvement, realisticallly, it's not uncommon the first 3 to 6 mos. I'm sure many others will chime in. Don't panic----you'll get through it.

Lion1

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RRMCJIM
Posts: 149
Joined: Mar 2009

I have found several things effect me. Spicy food, tomato based products, caffine, chocolate, milk, pepsi, hot sauce, citrus juices..... my Dr told me these things irritate the bladder, and I notice when I have any of these I do have more trouble with control... but like lion1 was saying, it is too early to be concerned... good days and sometimes bad ones too...
Jim

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kreinholt
Posts: 35
Joined: Mar 2009

Kevin, I had my surgery 5 Mar and although I was leaking while I walked and stood for long periods of time, I had little to no difficulty sleeping or sitting down. I could pretty much hold it until I got to a bathroom when I woke up at night. Then after about a month, I started having difficulty holding it in when I got up at night and I also seemed to have periods when I leaked a little sitting down. I felt the same way, that I was moving backwards for some reason. Pad usage increased but there wasn't much I could do about it but keep doing my Kegals and keeping faith that it was only a temporary thing. I am somewhat pleased to say that I am making progress and can now hold large amounts for a long period of time, so when I get up at night or get up from my desk at work, I have little to no difficulty holding it until I get to the bathroom, so it did get better. It has given me new motivation to continue the Kegals and look forward to a day that I will be dry like many that have gone before me. For now, I have learned to deal with it on a daily basis. I still play sports with my son, take karate, snowboard, etc with little difficulty especially if I plan ahead of time. I have flown once since the operation and am flying to New York tomorrow again on business. I fly Southwest and tell the ticket agent at the gate that I have a medical condition that requires me to be in an isle seat near a bathroom which allows me to get a preboard ticket. I am sure that most if not all airlines will accommodate that. Bottom line is that I went through the same thing that you are experiencing. I didn't get completely discouraged and it got better. Keep the faith and keep doing the Kegals.

Kurt

kevinb
Posts: 4
Joined: Mar 2009

Thanks Guys, I know that I can defeat this, it just seems that I have gone backwards in the past week.I'll continue doing the kegals and hope and pray for the best. Kevin

paquitin
Posts: 7
Joined: Mar 2009

I had my surgery on April 9th. I have also noticed that I leak more now than in the beginning, but not as much as you are. I have also noticed that I have to urinate more frequently during the day and if i dont rush to the bathroom I will leak. Somedays are better than others. My doctor tells me it will get better. I hope so, but I take this to cancer anytime.
Paquitin

kevinb
Posts: 4
Joined: Mar 2009

Much better in the past couple of days.I am going on a 300 mile motor cycle trip over the weekend.Hope it works. Will post results when I return.

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