I have been suffering with episodes of sudden intense pressure in my groin and cannot hold my bladder. I have never leaked my full bladder but every time i can’t completely hold it and I lose some urine, and it’s like a high pressure squirt. I’ve been using shaped pads from a local disability supplies store with plastic pants, so all in all I’m pretty miserable and I have a doctors appointment next week which I’m stressed about. I hate the idea of discussing the problem or having any kind of examination especially wearing a pad, but I’m stressed out with it. It nearly always happens at home, though also I will leak a little after most toilet visits too. It’s like the minute I turn the key in my front door the pressure starts, after being fine during the journey home. Running the water and opening the fridge triggers it to, and also getting up in the night and not making it to the bathroom without a leak happens too. Really confused as to what is causing this and why it follows this pattern. Does anyone relate to this and can advise me? I’m 49 and have never had any problems like this before, and apart from IBS I don’t have health issues.
Sorry to hear of your situation but I can sympathise wholeheartedly. I have Over Active Bladder (OAB) caused in part by prostate cancer radiotherapy. I wear incontinence protection 24/7 in the form of a “slip” (aka an adult nappy) and, once any embarrassment is overcome (quite easy really as no one will know or, for that matter, really care too much), you will adapt quite easily. I`ve been in slips for over 5 years now and would not be without one in place. Indeed, I would feel quite vulnerable if I didn`t have one around me now. Peace of mind is worth its weight in gold. Of course, I know my medical background intimately and you should go to your GP who will be well used to this sort of issue and will put you at your ease and perform any necessary checks which are very important. I always tell medical staff when being health checked that I am wearing a nappy and they are very understanding, without exception. I too wear waterproof pants at night for extra peace of mind and on longer journeys. The result is a very good night`s sleep and absolutely no leakages or wet bed. I don`t know what protection you use but for my money it`s I.D. Expert slips every time. Hope all this is a help and some comfort to you. There are in excess of 5 million people in the UK with some form of incontinence so you are not alone! John