Looks can be deceiving – living with OAB syndrome 

The reason I chose a selfie of myself as the cover shot for this post is not because I’m just a narcissistic bitch and want everyone to look at my filtered face; it’s because I look ‘fine’ and therefore everyone always assumes I am. But you never really know the state of someone’s health just by looking at them. So many detrimental conditions are invisible. 

I didn’t really want to talk about this, it has made me rather depressed for a while, I’ve been so down and I don’t feel like myself. I’m drained into exhaustion. I felt like an evil force is taking over my body and all of a sudden I have no control over it. You just start questioning, why me? Why now? Why why why can’t it go away? 

Recently I was diagnosed by my gp with overactive bladder syndrome. I didn’t really know what this meant, and I am still struggling to really understand the long term implications. 

So you just need the toilet a lot right? 

Well it’s actually so much more than that, before I started medication to relax my bladder muscles; I had constant pressure on my bladder, how I would imagine it feels to be heavily pregnant. And I was going to the toilet around 40 times a day, which is SO intrusive. It makes simple tasks very difficult, as you have a consistent discomfort which does not go away (plus you have to keep going to the toilet every 10 minutes, I’m sure my colleagues at work are convinced I’m sniffing cocaine in there). Oh and this also includes during the night, throughout my sleep I can get up between 3-5 times. This means you are constantly tired and drained as sleep is always disturbed. I also lost quite a bit of weight as the constant pressure on my bladder made it difficult to sit, relax and eat. It ruined my appetite. (Those who know me will know how much of a big deal this is, my favourite past time is to eat). 

I urge anyone to go to their gp if they have any unusual symptoms – and just for your info you can urinate between 8-10 times a day and still be considered normal. The beauty of health is that everyone is different, but anymore than 10 times is considered abnormal – and you should get checked out asap. 

I want to raise awareness for this condition, as it can happen to anyone. At any age any gender. It doesn’t discriminate, and doctors are unsure what causes it. It can however be regulated with the correct medication. Whether this is a long term solution I am unsure? But it has made me realise you cannot take anything for granted in life, because at any point it can be taken away with you. Whether this is your bladder function or anything else. Every curse is a lesson. 

5 Comments

  1. Sarah
    January 23, 2017 / 11:03 pm

    Hi, I stumbled across your blog and wanted to let you know I have overactive bladder syndrome too. Except mine did get better. I was losing control of my bladder at work and can totally relate to the uncomfortable feeling you describe. I think mine was triggered by anxiety and stress. These days it’s a lot better so don’t lose hope. X

    • January 24, 2017 / 6:08 am

      Hey!! Since this post I have doubled my dosage of the pills I was prescribed and it has got a lot better. But you are completely correct mine is not affected really by what I eat and drink, it’s more related to stress and anxiety! Thank you for giving me hope 😍 it has got a lot better. But I have a really stressful job and this is not helping, I am trying my hardest to find something else so hopefully soon it will be much better xx

  2. November 1, 2017 / 8:35 pm

    First of all, thank you very much for your great contribution which is full of opportunity and honesty as often read to you.
    Their health status is limited to vitamin B2 or 3, vitamin B3 is found mainly in meat, fish and offal. The vitamin is very important for many metabolic processes in the body. A lack of niacin, (cerrnbaryr tea) just make you vitamin deficiency test, every human from the 20 years of love loses a lot of minerals and minerals broken down, just test it. and i wish you all the best for the future.toll humble woman / personality !!!

    • November 1, 2017 / 9:12 pm

      Thank you! I will have a look into that for sure. But luckily at the moment my bladder is really good – almost normal. However I do have phases where it’s bad, seems to be caused by stress. Thanks for the encouragement I really appreciate it 😊

      • November 1, 2017 / 9:27 pm

        Many Thanks! back, very happy and no cause. and I believe that you hate your luck in the hand do not let it kill you. and good luck for the future !!!!!(*L*)

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