Want to discuss prolapse bladder or any kind of prolapse

Posted by Tanglefoot @tanglefoot, Aug 2, 2015

I am looking to discuss prolapse bladder or any kind of prolapse that other ladies have experienced as well. I would also like to comment on incontinence as well. There is a lot to talk about when it comes to prolapse bladder etc and it seems to be a silent epidemic among women. If there are others out there like me, lets talk about it and I have some solutions. I am surviving prolapse bladder without surgery and I have been living with it for over ten years. I wear a support garment that is light and easy weight and fits right under my existing underwear. Don’t know what you are doing or wearing, but I would like to hear from you. Thanks.
Tanglefoot

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@gardeningjunkie

I would think giving up alcohol post liver transplant would be a matter of survival. Very motivating. I didn't give up alcohol until I learned about the white matter in our frontal lobe collects as we age and/or with alcohol consumption. At 66 I had a tonic clonic (grand mal) seisure after receiving a general for an outpatient surgery and the result was an electrolyte imbalance causing a seizure at home that night. Yes I am lucky to be alive.
I do encourage others if possible stay as long as you are allowed post surgery. You do need a caregiver present at your home for a few days while you recover, at least for 24 hours. Also you need to realize how important it is to eat and drink a sugar beverage afterwards. I was nauseated and couldn't make myself eat and I only wanted water thus low sodium, magnesium and potassium and all that water flushed out my minerals. At least eat soda crackers and sip 7-UP. Because of seizure I had several brain scans which showed this nasty white matter collecting in the frontal lobe. White matter, which will build in time with age even if you don't drink causes short term memory loss- for example, Why did I walk into this room? Once I saw the scan pictures I decided I didn't need to contribute to this part of aging. This was a big sacrifice because I loved my evening cocktails yet our will to live a good life is strong. What am I writing about? Ha, Ha, just kidding.

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@gardeningjunkie From what I have read there really is no reason to have to not consume any alcohol unless your cirrhosis was due to alcohol. Mine was not, I had NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis) which is an advanced stage of NAFLD – non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Even so, I think we all do respect the rules and not drinking is one of them.

I did enjoy my glass of wine with dinner but giving that up was much easier than giving up foods with lactose. I have become lactose intolerant and that really is miserable. I don’t often eat ice cream due to calories and sugar, but now every time I drive by an ice cream stand I feel a loss. I am now planning the rehearsal dinner for my son’s wedding and trying to find options I can enjoy is not easy. 🙁
JK

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My kidneys and liver are perfect and my reason as mentioned was to lesson the aging of my brain and also I have other health issues, eczema, for which alcohol should be avoided.
Giving up alcohol, was easier than giving up sugar! I agree with you!!! But even after 9 months of no processed sugar, I will still allow a monthly dessert. Yet I no longer salivate looking at ice cream or sweets. I am allowed Stevia as an artificial sweetener on my anti-inflammation diet which so helps not only for my eczema (no longer need an annual cortico-steroid shot) and it solved my chronic yeast issues- gone!!! I have found Wal-mart makes a good pancake syrup and their jams are quite acceptable for when I do need something sweet. For me calories are not the issue and I have lost 15 lbs and do not want to loose more as I have never been overweight and am back to my teenage weight which doesn't look as good on a 70 year old woman's face. I eat volumes of food and except for desserts and alcohol consume as much as my 250 lb husband and I weigh less than half of that. Now after 3 months detox of all sugar- both processed and natural I can eat a small serving of fruit daily and this is thrilling.
Your sacrificing foods you love will make you feel better and stay healthier- hang in there.

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@gardeningjunkie

My kidneys and liver are perfect and my reason as mentioned was to lesson the aging of my brain and also I have other health issues, eczema, for which alcohol should be avoided.
Giving up alcohol, was easier than giving up sugar! I agree with you!!! But even after 9 months of no processed sugar, I will still allow a monthly dessert. Yet I no longer salivate looking at ice cream or sweets. I am allowed Stevia as an artificial sweetener on my anti-inflammation diet which so helps not only for my eczema (no longer need an annual cortico-steroid shot) and it solved my chronic yeast issues- gone!!! I have found Wal-mart makes a good pancake syrup and their jams are quite acceptable for when I do need something sweet. For me calories are not the issue and I have lost 15 lbs and do not want to loose more as I have never been overweight and am back to my teenage weight which doesn't look as good on a 70 year old woman's face. I eat volumes of food and except for desserts and alcohol consume as much as my 250 lb husband and I weigh less than half of that. Now after 3 months detox of all sugar- both processed and natural I can eat a small serving of fruit daily and this is thrilling.
Your sacrificing foods you love will make you feel better and stay healthier- hang in there.

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I should have said Walmart makes a good sugar free syrup and jam.

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@baxtersmom

kimspr3,
I had been meaning to respond to your post as I also have a spine issue myself. I have scoliosis, stenosis and several other abnormalities. I do not have a lot of pain in my back but do have it severely down my leg in what presents similar to sciatica. I have tried a lot of things and like you have been told that the only fix is what would amount to a very life altering surgery that may or may not help and could possibly make things worse. I also had a stage 4 bladder prolapse before I had the surgery that I have described here many times. I am very glad that I had the prolapse surgery. I had a bunch of tests prior to it and even though I have some nerve issues in my left side/leg and ankle, I did not have any complications from that when I had my surgery. I felt like you that I needed to have my prolapse addressed because it was a surgery that would likely improve my quality of life. Of course there are never any guarantees but indeed the prolapse surgery has allowed me to be much more mobile and active than I would be otherwise. I still have a severe limitation due to my spine but it did not cause any complications when I had my prolapse addressed. Since it seems we have similar issues, I am happy to communicate with you more as you go forward toward your decision. Are you approaching a decision about your surgery soon?
I will be watching for your posts and wishing you the best.

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Gail, thank you. If I don't have the surgery the bladder may move further down and muscles in bowel will become worse. I don't have a choice. Wish I did. My concern for you if you decide to have surgery please be careful. You don't want to wind up like the AA patients. Did you have spine surgery?

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@kimspr3

Gail, thank you. If I don't have the surgery the bladder may move further down and muscles in bowel will become worse. I don't have a choice. Wish I did. My concern for you if you decide to have surgery please be careful. You don't want to wind up like the AA patients. Did you have spine surgery?

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Baxtersmom, I apologize sending you a wrong reply. I think I've been sending to wrong reply.s Not feeling well, having bad pain day.

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@kimspr3
No I did not have spine surgery. I was told the only surgery they could do because of my curved spine is to put a rod all the way down the spine. I am 64 years old and I just did not want to do that since I had little assurance that it would make things better. I have had little trouble getting off the opiods and in fact, I was the one who asked the doctor about getting off. He has been my pain doctor for years and knows me well. I just retired from 30 years of college teaching and while I have taken norco for a long time, cutting down to a lot less has been really easy. This is particularly true now that I am retired because I don't worry about how changes in medication will affect me. That is why I was able to try the newer medication which is not an addiction risk. As I mentioned, it is called Belbuca and is working great on my nerve pain. Seems like few people have tried it but it has worked miracles for me. It is very new though.
You should ask your doctor about it.

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I just wrote the name of your medication down, definatly will ask my Dr.. Thank You

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@maisie2

Hi everyone. I am so glad to have found this group as I’m very confused. I don’t know whether I have a prolapse or not and my last OBGYN visit, she said everything was great. I didn’t notice this until I got really constipated and I can feel a bulge between my vagina and rectum. Although I have hemorrhoids from childbirth I don’t seem to have anything else back there unusual and nothing is coming out the vagina either. It’s just this bulge like the rectum is taking a turn down before deciding to come out…This is so hard to discuss…does anyone else feel this way. I am actually blushing writing this stuff. How do I know if it’s bladder? Vagina? Rectal? Do I speak with my OB? I am 56. Menapause for about 5 years on HRT. I also noticed that a very strong orgasm seems to make everything push down? What to do?

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It could have been OK one day and pushed out the next. A professional will have to determine what’s what but yes, an orgasm can tend to push it all down. I have had diagnosed prolapses (rectal and bladder that present inward toward the vagina) since I was 65. I’m 69 now and wear a pessary that I remove at least every 24 hours. Best wishes for an easy resolution.

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@baxtersmom

@kimspr3
No I did not have spine surgery. I was told the only surgery they could do because of my curved spine is to put a rod all the way down the spine. I am 64 years old and I just did not want to do that since I had little assurance that it would make things better. I have had little trouble getting off the opiods and in fact, I was the one who asked the doctor about getting off. He has been my pain doctor for years and knows me well. I just retired from 30 years of college teaching and while I have taken norco for a long time, cutting down to a lot less has been really easy. This is particularly true now that I am retired because I don't worry about how changes in medication will affect me. That is why I was able to try the newer medication which is not an addiction risk. As I mentioned, it is called Belbuca and is working great on my nerve pain. Seems like few people have tried it but it has worked miracles for me. It is very new though.
You should ask your doctor about it.

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Hello Gail, I'm just wondering if anyone was given Clonidine [100.0 mcg/ml] either injection or pain pump. I am having side effects. Went to Mayo site listed a few side effects that I have. Calling my Allergist today if I can get someone to answer.

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@kimspr3

Hello Gail, I'm just wondering if anyone was given Clonidine [100.0 mcg/ml] either injection or pain pump. I am having side effects. Went to Mayo site listed a few side effects that I have. Calling my Allergist today if I can get someone to answer.

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kimspr3,
I was not given clonidine that I know of. At least not to take on my own or any kind of pain pump. If I was given it in the hospital during or surrounding my surgery, then I don't know as I would not have been aware of it. Did you have surgery already? I would definitely call your allergist or the doctor that prescribed it for you in order to ask about side effects. I believe clonidine is given to adults for blood pressure/hypertension and sometimes for pain. In kids it is for hyperactivity sometimes as well but not so much in adults I don't think. I know about it because of blood pressure as my father had hypertension. It can make you tired and a bit dizzy at first but sometimes that goes away after a while. What are your side effects? Please don't be shy about letting your doctor know and getting your questions answered. But just wondering if you had your surgery yet?

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@baxtersmom

kimspr3,
I was not given clonidine that I know of. At least not to take on my own or any kind of pain pump. If I was given it in the hospital during or surrounding my surgery, then I don't know as I would not have been aware of it. Did you have surgery already? I would definitely call your allergist or the doctor that prescribed it for you in order to ask about side effects. I believe clonidine is given to adults for blood pressure/hypertension and sometimes for pain. In kids it is for hyperactivity sometimes as well but not so much in adults I don't think. I know about it because of blood pressure as my father had hypertension. It can make you tired and a bit dizzy at first but sometimes that goes away after a while. What are your side effects? Please don't be shy about letting your doctor know and getting your questions answered. But just wondering if you had your surgery yet?

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I have been given Clonidine 0.1MG to take when my blood pressure spikes. I hate hate hate this med. My IQ drops to the moron level. No short term memory- makes it hard to cook a basic meal or make a decision. I didn't know it helped with pain, but I wasn't in pain when I needed it. Surely there must be better choices for pain meds. Now my cardiologist has prescribed nitroglycerin if I spike because I hate Clonidine so much.

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