OK, so had my TAH in 09. Evidently some of the nerves in my bladder were messed up and now I'm having both stress and urge incontinence. The stress I can handle, the urge not so much. Not fun to wake up several times during the night to run to the bathroom only to have peed by the time I got there.
I am seeing a uro-gynecologist. I first tried Vesicare. Nothing.
Then Enablex and an estrogen cream. Nothing. Now I'm trying Gelnique, so far -- nothing. Am also battling the side effects of these meds---CONSTIPATION. Don't even get me started on that.
The doctor is giving me free samples of these meds, so no worries there.
He suggested pelvic floor PT. After finding out what is was (basically it's you in stirrups with a mirror and a bladder therapist doing exercises together), and I stopped laughing, I declined. I am not one to be consistent with exercise and PT...especially when it involves me in stirrups and a mirror. And I would have to do them for the rest of my life. I know I wouldn't.
My next stop is Sacral Nerve Stimulation. They do a trial first...stick wires into your back to your bladder. The wires are attached to a transmitter that you wear on your waistband. You can control the nerve impulses to your bladder. You keep a "bladder diary" and if successful....you get the device implanted into your skin on your back. Sounds wonderful, eh? Downside is, that if it works, it has to be redone every 5-7 years as the battery wears down. And you can't have an MRI with the implant inside you.
I understand it's pricey. I have yet to see if my insurance covers it. I'm willing to try it.
Anyone out there have any experience with Sacral Nerve Stimulation????
What do you ladies think?
I'm getting very depressed. I find myself withdrawing more and more. I tried drinking less, but that ends in dehydration. lol Help