Help me stop leaking when I stand up!
November 29, 2006 3:06 PM Subscribe
Morning / night time urinary incontinence filter. Why do I leak when I stand up??
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (10 answers total)
Ok. This is going to be a long one, as it's anonymous. Sometimes, when I wake up in the night or in the morning and need to pee, I leak. A lot. I can feel that it's going to happen when I'm in bed, but it only leaks when I stand up. When I do stand up, it just all falls out. This isn't just a little bit - it's a lot - nearly all of it. I rush to the toilet, but the movement makes it leak more. I'm pulling my muscles in, but still leaking. WhenI get to the toilet, I can still do that 'push' thing, and more comes out.
It doesn't happen all the time though. I've got 'getting out of bed' into an art form now - so it doesn't wet my mattress. It happens when I have had alcohol, and when I haven't. I've cut out caffeine completely from my diet, don't drink tea - decaff - (or maybe only drink one) in the 2hours before I go to bed. I always wear cotton knickers, go to the toilet before I go to bed, have changed washing powder, am not stressed about anything in my life.
It's not stress incontinence - I don't leak during the day when I cough or sneeze. And it doesn't affect me during the day - so it's unlikely to be urge incontinence.
I went to a Doctor about a year and a half ago. He checked for UTIs - none. Sent me to a nurse to check my bladder and other muscles round there - and they're fine. But I need to get this sorted out. I need something to go to the Doctor with to get them to do something. I can't go anywhere. I daren't stay in a hotel or at a friend's house. I can't stay anywhere where the toilet is on a different floor to the bedroom.
Does anyone have any idea what this is?? It only happens when I wake up - sometimes - not all the time - needing the toilet. Then when I stand up, it's like a waterfall. I'm desperate for some help. Anyone??
Information: I'm 28, female, overweight. I take the pill for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and have an underactive thyroid (which I take Thyroxine for). I also take Effexor XL (112.5mg per day). I smoke, don't drink caffeine at all and don't exercise regularly. This has been going on for about 4 years on and off now. Sometimes months between episodes, sometimes just days. Can't pin it down to any factor causing it. And I'm in the UK if that's relevant.