Elaine's Story - My secret problem

After Urgent® PC, this teacher is in control of restroom trips

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My problem started five years ago. For two years, I tried to keep my secret. And, as a teacher, I couldn't just leave the classroom when I had an urge. When I did have the chance to go to the restroom, I would void before I made it to the toilet.

When my problem started to interfere further with my lifestyle, I went to talk with my doctor, a General Practitioner. She referred me to a Urogynecologist.

When I walked in to the Urogynecologist's office, I was anxious, scared and nervous. I wanted the diagnosis to be stress incontinence, because I knew there are surgeries to cure this condition. What I heard, instead, was that I have overactive bladder, and that to fix it, one option was to have surgery to implant a nerve stimulator in my spine. This didn't appeal to me.

So I then tried a drug often prescribed for overactive bladder. However, the dosing schedule and side effects didn't fit with my lifestyle either.

We then started me on a therapy to apply stimulation to the nerves controlling my bladder, but this stimulation product didn't require an implant in my spine. This product provides stimulation to a nerve near my ankle; the stimulation travels up the nerve to affect my bladder. We started me on a combination of the drug product plus this stimulation, then weaned me totally from the drug. When I can continue my maintenance therapy with the stimulator, I don't need extra help from the drugs. But, if travel interrupts my stimulation sessions, we've found that adding drug therapy during this time keeps me in control.

For me, the biggest change since starting this therapy is that I'm in control of my restroom trips, and I no longer void before I make it to the restroom.


Disclaimer

Urgent® PC worked for this patient, but not all patients respond the same to treatment. Talk to your doctor to learn more.  Urgent PC treats Faecal Incontinence and Overactive Bladder symptoms of urinary urge incontinence urinary urgency, urinary frequency.