Hi, I am 50 year old female at a healthy weight. I run, bike and lift weights at least 5 times a week. I have 3 healthy children, 2 of which are off at University. I have finally seen a urologist for my incontinence. For now she has started me on the conservative approach to treating my stress and urge incontinence. This involves self catheterizing once per day along with a daily pill. Apparantly the goal is to shrink my bladder and get it used to being fully emptied.
Today I went in to be taught how to self catheterize. I am only just realizing how awful this process is and I'm not sure I can mentally deal with the challenge. However, what choice do I have...continue with bladder control issues or risk a surgery which has landed so many women in an even more miserable state?
I do have a supportive husband but I'm still so guarded and embarrassed about this that I won't talk to him. I am so resentful (mostly because I really take care of myself) and dispondent about this and feel very isolated, discouraged, embarrassed, etc.
Any of you men have to self cath on a regular basis? I have urge incontinence, but my urologist has prescribed me intermittent catheters. I am to self cath at least twice a day, therefore making sure my bladder is getting completely drained.
I need people to talk to you I don’t know about you guys this makes me depressed