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Leaky bladder anyone? Leaky bladder anyone?

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Unread 12-09-2007, 10:00 PM
Leaky bladder anyone?

I had to come home with the catheter and it was left in for two weeks following my surgery due to my inability to get my bladder working. Since then, I have had ongoing pain when emptying my bladder and intermittant tiny bladder "leaks" where I'll feel a drop or two of urine escape a few minutes to an hour after going to the bathroom.

Is this common? Do others have this problem?
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Unread 12-10-2007, 07:31 AM
Leaky bladder anyone?

rockgal

I'm sorry you're having this problem.

Have you spoken to your doctor about it? If not, it would probably be a good idea.

I hope some other ladies will be along soon to share. Will you let us how you go? Take care!

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Unread 12-10-2007, 08:01 PM
Leaky bladder anyone?

I mentioned this to the urologist and he wanted to see me again but the insurance company nixed going back to the same doctor who saw me in the hospital (he's not in network apparently). So I go to my doctor on Wednesday and she said she would refer me to an "in network" specialist. The problem is ongoing - I hope they can help me find a way to stop this issue - it was definitely not a problem prior to surgery.... Maybe it has something to do with nerve or muscle damage caused by the need to "scrape" the bladder away from a tumor. Sighhhh....
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Unread 12-10-2007, 10:04 PM
Leaky bladder anyone?

Rockgal, I had slight bladder leakage for weeks after my surgery...nothing major, but a few drops here or there, for instance, when I would bend over...it made me very anxious and nervous...my doc thought it was just some intermintent bladder spasms....I tried the peridium for bladder spasms, the kind that makes your urine orange..it seemed to either have worked or the spasm went away on their own..thank goodness..hopefully yours also will disappear....your bladder went to extreme trauma, maybe it needs a little more healing time, especially since you had the cath in for a while...let us know what the doc says...wishing you good luck!!
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Unread 12-11-2007, 01:01 PM
Leaky bladder anyone?

I am having this problem also. I talked to the Dr at my four week now I have to see another Dr but cant get in until Jan.
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Unread 12-11-2007, 07:28 PM
Leaky bladder anyone?

I have my six week check up Thursday (in my 7th week due to doc's vacation) and this is the only concern I have. I was fine until the Monday of the fourth week. At that point I started drinking an occasional cup of coffee and wearing jeans again. I also *may* have overdone it pushing a large cart at Costco. Since then I've had a bit of leaking here and there...just a few drops after I've voided. Oh, and if I bend over to feed the cat or dog I "squish" out a few drops. Most annoying.

I'm hopeful my doc will say it is irritable bladder and prescribe something or tell me to kegel. I had the hysterectomy primarily for rectocele and cystocele but didn't have leaking prior to the surgery.
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Unread 12-12-2007, 08:32 AM
Leaky bladder anyone?

I have my 6 weeks checkup today. I'll be discussing this issue with my doctor. I hope it clears up soon. It's just a few drops but the problem worries me.

Good luck to all of you who are also having this issue. It sounds like it is not atypical.
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Unread 12-15-2007, 12:06 PM
Leaky bladder anyone?

After the checkup - we did a urine test - no infection or blood in the urine so it's not a bladder infection. Doctor said lets try kegel exercies and give it a month or two.....arghhhh... So I have to live with leaks for a month or two - not exactly what I was hoping for as an answer from my Doc. I'll be back at work by then - gosh I hope this leaking stops in the next two weeks! I hate having to wear panty liners/poise pads at work! How embarrassing!

Sigh...
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Unread 12-15-2007, 01:58 PM
Leaky bladder anyone?

I had a catheter for 4 days, and had to relearn how to use the muscles to get my bladder working again too. It's only been 8 days since my procedure, but I have noticed that when I get up from the potty, I leak a few drops from the strain of getting up. I've learned that if I try one more little push after I think I'm done, that helps most of the time.

I see the doctor next week and I'll ask about Kegels then. There are a lot of internal stitches and I don't want to tear them trying to tighten up the pelvic muscles that went slack during surgery.
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Unread 12-17-2007, 12:56 AM
Leaky bladder anyone?

Thanks for the comments Grania,

I have been trying that "extra push" too. I does seem to help a bit. Yesterday I had an active day and was lifting some things that were definitely more than 10 lbs (but less than 20) and it seems to increase the little leaks. So it must be muscle related. I have been doing Kegels every time I go to the bathroom. (My doctor said to cut off mid stream, hold for 10 seconds, then continue). For a person who has never had any major illnesses, (a few broken minor bones only) this is frustrating to deal with....but, knowing that many people are dealing with far more difficult situations, makes me feel "small" for complaining. I AM thankful that this seems to be the only negative side-effect of the surgery so far.

Keep your chin up - I am trying to do the same. I think I'm going to call myself one of the "wee pee" hister-sisters.... for that little leak issue...
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