and I have had urine incontinence for three years.This first occurred after 4 months of Olazapine,(withdrew after seven months )following nervous breakdown.Been various drugs and several cystoscopies ,no physical reason ,all working normally say the Urologists.Several pads a day and two changes of underwear and more in hot weather.I have no urgency or feel any need to wee but go every three hours.Passing normal amounts and drinking decaf ,alcohol occasionally.They are videoing my bladder next,Surgeon says quite unusual and rare and is very puzzled.Can you advise please?
Sorry to hear you are experiencing this. Do you find it hard to fully empty your bladder? You could be suffering from involuntary release of urine from an overfull bladder, also known as overflow incontinence.
Are you on any medication at the moment? It can often be a side effect of medications. Do you have any nerve problems or conditions such as Diabetes? Sometimes people have a neurological problem they are unaware of, so it may be useful to ask to be checked for Diabetes and neurological problems.
Do you find you leak only when pressure is placed on the bladder, such as through laughing or lifting something? Or are your leaks completely random?
Let me know if you need any advice on products and leakage management in the meantime.
Many thanks for your quick response.I am emptying my bladder fully and not suffering with overflow incontinence says Urologist,nothing abnormal detected.I have been taking 400 mg aciclovir twice day for two years as I had a cold sore behind the eye but had incontinence previous to this.
i had a MRI scan March 18 as surgeon thought it may be neurogenic.Nothing showed up.I am having a blood test this week,full blood count,will this show diabetes?Are there any more tests you recommend please,I am having video and audio testing next.Can you suggest any other treatment please eg acupuncture as my leakage is completely random .Many thanks.
A high blood glucose level in your blood test may show Diabetes, however it might be ideal to do a test specifically for Diabetes. Sling procedures are an option, which involve making an incision in your lower abdomen and vagina so a sling can be placed around the neck of the bladder. You do need to talk to a Doctor about the best surgery option for you, as some can have side effects. Feel free to read our Incontinence Surgery section for advice.
Stress and a change in hormones can sometimes be a cause, can you relate to this?
If anyone else has any experiences of random incontinence it would be useful to hear about it.
No problem. You need to talk to your Doctor so they can book you a test and ensure you aren’t on medication that can interfere. Read about stress and incontinence here. Diabetes and related conditions can often be solved by keeping them under control with the correct diet and medication. If it is a problem with hormones, you should ask your Doctor about replacement therapy.
However, it may be that you need surgery if specialists cannot find a cause. Don’t worry, it is likely that there is a good treatment option for you!
Would you say you have a healthy diet/lifestyle? Extra weight and an unhealthy diet can sometimes trigger/worsen incontinence.