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Retaining while functionally incontinent


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This sort of came up in a other thread,  so I though I'd give it it's own topic and go into more detail. The issue is my being functionally urinary incontinent, yet I will still retain urine at times. Keep in mind I used to have severe urge incontinence with a neurogenic dyssynergia sphincter. After a whopping 16 surgeries I literally drip near constantly, with no chance of control. Yet I also have times where my tennis-ball-sized bladder will start to fill up and start spamming out again. Like, even how?

So over the last few months I've had an uptick in this happening to me, and decided to try and get to the bottom of why it's happening. I went to see a urologist yesterday and had a cystoscopy done. That's where the put a small camera up your urethra to see what's going on. While uncomfortable it hurts less than inserting a catheter.

My doctor was able to confirm my urethra is smooth without any kinks or strictures. So that's a relief. We talked about it for a minute, and came to the same conclusion. That there are some sitting and lying positions that can put pressure on my urethra and literally clamp it closed. That's when my bladder will fill back up again, until I move or take a deep breath to put pressure on my bladder and force myself to start peeing again.

There really isn't anything that can be done to prevent this from happening. And while it isn't anything dangerous to my health, it IS annoying and can disrupt my sleep. Oh well, I guess this is just my new normal.

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