My problem is when I wake up during the night or in the morning. Just the waking up causes me to want to pee and many times, of course, the urge wakes me up. Once I get up to get in my wheelchair, the urgency is so great that I pee on myself before I get in my chair much less to the bathroom. Many times this happens after I take a nap - just shear relaxation of my body seems to be a real culprit. Even with a diaper and overnight pad, I soak them with urine running down my legs. I often wonder where so much urine comes from. So far I've not found a drug that helps. I mainly drink water; however, it seems no matter what I drink there is no change in my waking up urge once I stand up. I am really worried about the side effects of Botox although it has been recommended by my urogynecologist. As long as I do not wait too long during the day, I do fairly well. Leaning over in my wheelchair causes leakage. BUT do I want to chance the problems I might encounter from botox??? I am just worn out from my problem. And the pads and diapers are very irritating which I suppose is from sitting in a wheelchair.
There are suggestions for not leaking when you wake up. 1) Do not drink much for the couple hours before you go to bed and through the night. 2) Get physical therapy for exercises that will firm your muscles so that you can hold your urine better. These can really help you. There is surgery that will help it, but you still need the exercises to maintain the urine stopping.
Is Botox supposed to help you with not leaking urine? I have never heard of that or is the Botox for another reason. The side effects are unlikely IF you get a doctor who has a lot of experience with giving them. Ask the Botox doctor, how long have they been giving them? What percentage of patients have had any side effects? My Botox doctor had been giving them for more than 25 years and he only had two patients who had an allergic reaction to it in all that time. At worst, the side effects will keep getting less over a 3 month time period when there will be no more problems. I would like to hear back from you so that I can be more helpful. Plus I would really like to know how you are doing. You take care.
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