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Unread 01-12-2007, 08:53 AM

I'm 32 and had my TAH on Sept 19th. Things have been slow to recover because I went back to work before I was ready and well just pushed myself too hard. Anyway, my question is, is anyone else taking Detrol for bladder problems. I have tried to get back to dancing, exercising, my usual activities and find myself having "leaking" problems. Although uncomfortable it is more enbarrassing than anything else. I just want to make sure this is "normal"

Also, why doesn't the doctor do any kind of blood work after surgery to make sure your hormone levels are "normal"? I feel so old since my surgery and although I feel better physically I feel like "why don't I feel normal"! My moods are up and down , up and down!

Do other people feel this way 3 MONTHS after the surgery or am I being ridiculous?

Please share your experiences with me....
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Unread 01-12-2007, 09:58 AM


3 months out my moods were all over the board. Its normal I went back to the doctor at about 6 months and had him check my hormones, I was sure my ovaries werent working. But of course they were. It just takes a while to get back to feeling somewhat normal. I actually started taking Detrol LA today. I am having leaking (I am 31). I have a cystoscope scheduled for the 19th and I guess if they dont find anything I will continue with the Detrol. Good luck. I have just read that Detrol can take up to several months to completely work.

Unread 01-12-2007, 12:40 PM

I had a TVH, cystocele repair and TVT sling due to prolapses that were causing urinary leakage (stress incontinence). Since the surgery I have still had leakage but now they say it is urge incontinence. I am taking Detrol and it is helping.
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Unread 01-13-2007, 04:47 PM

I have been on Detrol for urge incontinence since before my hysterectomy. It worked wonders for me! I don't know if it is any use for stress incontinence though. Ask your Dr.
Unread 01-24-2007, 05:14 PM

I just started the Detrol this past Monday. I am not seeing a difference in the frequency........ yet. It has helped with the horrible urethra and bladder spasms that I was having. I have been really bloated since starting it though. Did anyone else have that? And how long did it take for you to start seeing some results?
Unread 01-25-2007, 06:53 AM

I started the deterol la back in decemeber and found it did help a lot with the spasms and the urge incont. It isn't meant to help with the stress kind from what I understood. It did help to increase my bladder capacity though. YES,YES,YES to the belly bloat.I went up a size on it. It can take up to 2 weeks to fully take effect from what I was told.
Good luck,
Unread 01-25-2007, 07:52 AM

Thank you. Did the belly bloat stay or does it get better after the body gets use to the med?
Unread 01-25-2007, 08:15 AM

I have had overactive bladder issues for the last 5 years. I started on the Detrol, but it made my mouth so dry, my doctor changed me to the Oxytrol patch. I put a new one one twice per week. It has helped alot, but I think what has helped the most is the kegel exercises. I do them EVERY day, at least 6 or 7 times per day. If you don't know how to do them, google it and I am sure there are step by step instructions. It took about three or four months, but it has made a huge difference. I was having to go about 25 times per day, now it is 4 or 5 times per day. We all look for the magic pill, but sometimes a little effort along with the magic pill is the key. Good luck to you.
Unread 01-25-2007, 08:55 AM

I have not heard about the patch. I did kegel's before the surgery. I wondered if I could do those now. I am 3 weeks post op today or will I have to wait until my 6 week. I am so glad that you have find something that has worked for you.

I go about 25 to 30 times a day. Very exhusting. Before the surgery, I went about 12 times a day (I have IC). I have always just "dealt" with it. Now, I am just tired of feeling bad all the time. I would not know what to do with myself if I only about 5 times a day. I think that would be better than winning a lottery.

Thank you again,
Unread 01-25-2007, 08:58 AM

How long did it take for the patch to start working? Any side effects from it?

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