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 Post subject: Overactive bladder? Small bladder? Weak bladder?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:38 pm 
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I pee an awful lot. Like every hour normally, and if I've had caffeine/alcohol/more than 500ml at a time, then every 20 minutes. And it's a lot. Recently I've been having continence issues, ie. have had to peas by the road whilst waiting for a bus (even though I went about 20 mins previously and hadn't drunk anything since) and on once occasion had a soggy and embarassing accident in a supermarket (thankfully I was in dark trousers, at a self-service checkout and stood completely still, but it really wasn't nice going home on the bus).

So basically I'm concerned. Do I have a weak bladder? A small bladder? An overactive bladder? Or do I just drink lots? I guess I should go to my GP but I was just wondering if anyone else had any piss-related issues when they were 20.

NB: I have not had kids. So that isn't a reason.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:43 pm 
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how much liquid are you drinking in a day? I had this issue more in my early 20's when I was drinking about 4 liters of water every day, plus other liquids like coffee and beer and stuff. I kind of went nuts with it. I went to my doctor and he suggested it might just be too much. Now I keep it at around 2-3 and it's a lot better, but I just have a small/weak bladder so I still pee a lot.

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 Post subject: Re: Overactive bladder? Small bladder? Weak bladder?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:58 pm 
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I dunno, it's hard to estimate.

I guess an average would be: 2-3 mugs of coffee, 1 litre of squash, maybe 1 litre of other type of fluid eg. booze, pop, water etc. So that's probably about 3 litres.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:09 pm 
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Yep, this is me (at 24). I don't drink that much, but I'm pretty small all over so I guess my bladder just matches the rest of me. I always pee before I go anywhere, because I know that I'll have to pee on the way there if I don't. Long drives are a nightmare. Boyfriend is always amazed that I'll need to pee even when I haven't had anything to drink since I last went to the toilet. I pretty much never drink alcohol outside of my house because of it, and I don't drink coffee or tea at work if I have meetings (I don't want to have to get up and leave every 20 minutes when everyone will notice it).

I don't have any answers. I guess I should see a doctor too. I'm just too lazy/poor.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:41 pm 
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I tell people that, to get along with me (or go anywhere with me), you have to understand that I always need water and I always have to pee. I drink a lot of water, and I definitely pee at least every hour. Even when I limit my fluid intake for a reason, like before getting in a car or seeing a movie, I rarely rarely make it all the way through.

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 Post subject: Re: Overactive bladder? Small bladder? Weak bladder?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:53 am 
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I'm 25 and this became a problem for me a couple of months ago when I started taking lithium carbonate. I haven't been able to find out why, but apparently frequent urination and incontinence are possible side effects. Many times I have leaked urine on the way to the toilet, a few times I have partially wet myself, and almost every night I get up 2-3 times to pee. Lithium is worth it to me, but it can be really frustrating.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:55 am 
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RandiJM wrote:
I tell people that, to get along with me (or go anywhere with me), you have to understand that I always need water and I always have to pee. I drink a lot of water, and I definitely pee at least every hour. Even when I limit my fluid intake for a reason, like before getting in a car or seeing a movie, I rarely rarely make it all the way through.


Yeah, I'm basically in the same boat. I've just always drunk a lot of water (or of whatever else is in front of me, so I usually try to just have water in front of me).

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:48 am 
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I'm the same way. I am always thirsty and always have to pee. I did get checked out at the doctor and found out that I have overactive bladder syndrome. I take medication for it now and it is awesome! But highly expensive, I've had to stop taking it due to finances a few times. If you can go see your doctor!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:00 pm 
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At my workplace, the bathroom is known as 'my other office'. I probably pee about once an hour (when I'm at work), but part of that is it serves as an excuse to walk away from my desk. If I don't make sure to go to the bathroom before I go out anywhere, I risk an accident. I'm a two year-old that way.

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 Post subject: Re: Overactive bladder? Small bladder? Weak bladder?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:06 pm 
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I would definitely see a doctor about it. I have had kids so my story is related to childbirth, but my doctor said I just have really "weak tissues" too. I ended up have surgery to repair mine.

There are two kinds of incontinence. There is stress incontinence which happens with physical exertion like jumping, sneezing, coughing etc, and there is another kind (crepe! can't remember what it's called) that is related to neurological damage often. In that one the bladder sphincter doesn't work well and you may have a sudden urgency or have to pee when there's not much pee there. You may also have urgency when you hear water running or have your hands in water or something like that.

I had all of that. Some of it got fixed and some didn't. I may be in a medical study this year that will take some progenitor cells from quad muscles and make stem cells for my bladder to fix inject into the sphincter (yikes!). I'm not THAT old (just 36) so my doctor really wants me to try it. Anyway you should just get it checked out!


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 Post subject: Re: Overactive bladder? Small bladder? Weak bladder?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:36 pm 
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No incontinence issues here, but I'm glad I read this thread because I am ALWAYS thirsty. I drink lots of water and I have to get up 1-2 times a night to pee. I mentioned it to a doctor and she sort of brushed it off as "oh, well, you're drinking tons of water, so of of course you pee all the time," but that doesn't really explain my constant thirst. Doctors who don't listen, gotta love 'em.


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 Post subject: Re: Overactive bladder? Small bladder? Weak bladder?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:39 pm 
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Adah wrote:
No incontinence issues here, but I'm glad I read this thread because I am ALWAYS thirsty. I drink lots of water and I have to get up 1-2 times a night to pee. I mentioned it to a doctor and she sort of brushed it off as "oh, well, you're drinking tons of water, so of of course you pee all the time," but that doesn't really explain my constant thirst. Doctors who don't listen, gotta love 'em.



Constant hunger, thirst, and urination may be signs of diabetes.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:45 pm 
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Constant hunger, thirst, and urination may be signs of diabetes.

Which runs in my family. Awesome.


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 Post subject: Re: Overactive bladder? Small bladder? Weak bladder?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:49 pm 
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Well, the good thing is you eat a plant-based diet, which, according to Dr. Barnard, can reverse diabetes, at least the signs and symptoms. Adult-onset diabetes does tend to run in families, but before you get concerned, have your blood checked. Thinking good thoughts for you.


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 Post subject: Re: Overactive bladder? Small bladder? Weak bladder?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:52 pm 
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Yep. I'm always thirsty so I'm always drinking, and therefore, I have to pee all the time too. I just figure I have a human body acting the way human bodies are apt to act. When I had better health insurance, the doctor would send me to get tested for diabetes every other year or so to be on the safe side. Aside from that, my doctor didn’t seem concerned about my constant peeing. I don't have incontinence issues though. I would definitely see a doctor about that.

I have always had jobs that involve a lot of talking though, so it makes sense that I'm always thirsty. Do you talk a lot or are very physically active?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:52 am 
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I pee quite often too, but it does help when I limit my fluids to a reasonable amount. Cups and cups of coffee and pints of beer don't help ;)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:20 pm 
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Have those of you who have vaginas had any luck doing kegels for this problem?

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:12 am 
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I do drink a fair amount, and yes I'm very active, but I don't think I drink enough to pee the amount that I do.

bexsa - strangely enough, the urgency type of incontince is called "urgency incontinence."

I'm thinking about going to my doctor. But I can't really be bothered. Yet.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:33 pm 
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Oh yeah "urgency incontinence." Too obvious (or something).

I've not found much help by doing Kegels, but then I'm no good at Kegels. My gynos have even told me I'm no good at them. They usually say this while shoving a hand in my vagina of course. I'm not good at a lot of things right then.


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bexsa wrote:
My gynos have even told me I'm no good at them. They usually say this while shoving a hand in my vagina of course. I'm not good at a lot of things right then.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:35 pm 
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yes i have this issue too! it totally sucks. i have been to the doc and they didn't seem concerned. sometimes i wear a regular pad just to help with leakage. i'm always the one having to stop and pee 30 minutes into a road trip. ugh!


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:45 pm 
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Yeah, I'm the same way. When I'm at home I pee like every 30 minutes and in my 3-hour classes I am always the person who has to get up 2-3 times per class (in addition to a break in the middle that everyone gets!). It's pretty embarrassing. Road trips are equally bad and for that reason I really only go on trips with people who are super close to me and will understand.

I don't really have any advice, just commiserating! I just tell people that they shouldn't be surprised that a small girl has a small bladder (though I have no idea whether bladder size actually corresponds to person-size).


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Ive recently begun having issues with bedwetting :(. It does not happen all the time, never durnig the day, I am not on any meds, but have had this happen maybe 5-6 times so far this year. I usually wake up midpee. Once when I was in my boyfriends bed. Not something fun to talk about. Don't know what the fork is up with me.


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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 5:47 am 
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Talk to your gynecologist, you can also be referred to a specialist for these problems. My problem generally is I drink a lot of liquid.

Another thing you can try is limit your alcohol, if you drink and try setting a time to stop drinking liquid before bed.

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