Last year I plucked up the courage to talk to my GP and was subsequently diagnosed with OAB and urge incontinence. I took a combination of detrusitol and citalopram while bladder training. This seemed to work over time and eventually (when at an easily managed level) I weaned off the medication. However over the subsequent days/weeks it returned to the same levels as before and I am reluctant to go back to my GP as he didn’t make me feel comfortable talking about originally. So my question is, is it normal for it to come back like this? And what is the best course of action now?
Thank you for your question. Sorry to hear that this problem has returned. Medication can be unsuccessful in a lot of people, so it is not rare for this not to work.
Don’t worry, there are other options for you besides medication. One option is an injection, in which a drug is injected directly into bladder muscles to help calm the bladder. Nerve stimulation is another option, which stimulates the nerve root to regulate bladder function. There may also be other solutions for you, such as lifestyle changes and programs.
If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your Doctor about incontinence, I would recommend making an appointment with a continence nurse or specialist. They will give you an examination and recommend the ideal next step for you. They hear about this problem on a regular basis so will ensure you feel comfortable.
Have you been advised as to what has caused your urge incontinence?