Quote from tkgoodspirit:Les, may I ask why you went to a urologist? I have been having some bladder pain and pressure, and I just attributed it to be a symptom from my herniated discs. tk
Oh, yes, my fateful visit to the urologist. What an experience that was.
Well, the problem was three fold. First, I had to go (pee) all the time. I mean ALL THE TIME. When I felt the urge, it was DROP everything and run, run, run to the bathroom. It was sooo sudden.
Secondly, I could not (for the life of me) empty my bladder. I would feel the urge to go, but I could not force my bladder to give up its contents. So, I was always in the bathroom but unable to do the deed. It was terrible.
And third, I was always "leaking." I would have to wear "protection" at all times. I couldn't go on will, but I was always leaking.
I was put on ditropan for this. Evidently, this is called a neurogenic bladder. My bladder would spasm and spasm (just like everything else in my body) but due to the spasms, it couldn't empty. TERRIBLE!!!
During my first visit, the urologist checked me (almost like a pelvic exam) to see if I leaked urine when I coughed or sneezed. Nope (this was pre-children). I wasn't leaking then. He then concluded that it was a bigger problem.
He ordered a urodynamics study. This study was quite helpful, but to be honest, it was the most humilitating moment of my life. I was 20 years old - no kids, and it was horrid.
I was led into this small room with an RN. I had to put on a hospital gown. She then inserted a catheter into my bladder. Then, she placed electrodes under the skin "down there." Yes, it was uncomfortable. The catheter was monitored by this big machine that would fill my bladder and measure its reaction to being filled.
I would tell the nurse when I felt the urge to urinate, and then she would make note of it. She would then have me go (urinate) to see how much of the fluid I was able to rid my bladder of.
Like I said, it was a dreadfully uncomfortable test, but it was a "goldmine" when it came to putting the puzzle pieces together - to form my diagnosis of MS.
If you have any more questions, let me know.