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Dec 31, 2017 · scheduling sacrocolpopexy and cystocele repair...more than a little scared in Women's Health

@gailg I really appreciate this conversation because I don’t have anyone I can talk this over with to help me make my decision. I don’t really know how long I’ve had the prolapse, as I think back I know my bowel began to fall at least ten years ago but the other pelvic organs involved may have been prolapsed for about three years with this past 1 1/2 years it’s been very apparent. I have read about the testing you refer to but have not had any nor are any planned prior to surgery. One of my surgeons is going to do a cystoscope but I don’t know when that’ll be done, either during or after surgery. I do know it’s meant to check how the bladder and urethra are working. My other surgeon did speak of surgical corrections if I do have leakage but did not put a number on it, I’ve read about 25% have some degree. It is interesting that you mentioned the prolapse can mask incontinence and has interfered with your ability to urinate because I’ve found that I can go longer than ever before needing to use the bathroom. When I get up in the morning after not going in the night I can let the dogs out and even feed them before heading to the bathroom. You would think I’d have a strong steady stream but I don’t, and depending on the angle of my torso I can change the stream from a mild one to more of a trickle, I’m sure it’s the prolapse and it has been in these last few months where it’s become quite noticeable which leaves me to deduce it’s falling even more. I feel very good about my two surgeons, they are reputable and have done many of these surgeries with great outcomes. I’m just not sure I’m bothered enough by the prolapse to have the surgery but if I don’t it might not go as well if I wait. I just want to be and feel normal again but the fear of incontinence is so strong, especially because my son is getting married next August .

Dec 31, 2017 · scheduling sacrocolpopexy and cystocele repair...more than a little scared in Women's Health

@gailg That is me, I’m suppose to have the same surgery January 25 but I still haven’t decided if I’m going to or not. My biggest fear is having incontinence afterwards. They give you all the possible outcomes and this one scares me terribly. Right now I have a level 3 prolapse, bladder, bowel, uterus, but no incontinence other than an occasional dribble from coughing with a full bladder. I went through PT and retrained my bladder so my urge issues are pretty much gone. I’ve also figured out how much fiber I need daily to keep me regular with my rectocele. I’m 59 years old, in good health and am having minimal issues with the prolapse right now. If I do have the surgery I want it in January so it’s now or wait a year. I just keep going back and forth, I haven’t been able to decide. Anyone else have incotinence develop after surgery? If it happens I can do the sling but they said the urge may never go away. I don’t want more issues to develop from surgery.

Dec 31, 2017 · scheduling sacrocolpopexy and cystocele repair...more than a little scared in Women's Health

That is me, I’m suppose to have the same surgery January 25 but I still haven’t decided if I’m going to or not. My biggest fear is having incontinence afterwards. They give you all the possible outcomes and this one scares me terribly. Right now I have a level 3 prolapse, bladder, bowel, uterus, but no incontinence other than an occasional dribble from coughing with a full bladder. I went through PT and retrained my bladder so my urge issues are pretty much gone. I’ve also figured out how much fiber I need daily to keep me regular with my rectocele. I’m 59 years old, in good health and am having minimal issues with the prolapse right now. If I do have the surgery I want it in January so it’s now or wait a year. I just keep going back and forth, I haven’t been able to decide. Anyone else have incotinence develop after surgery? If it happens I can do the sling but they said the urge may never go away. I don’t want more issues to develop from surgery.

Nov 10, 2017 · Broken Hearted, What can I do? in Women's Health

Wow, i am truly moved in a god way by your words. This is because I’m in pretty much the same position. You really made each point so clear and thought provoking. I’m stuck, very lonely and very unhappy. I sought out help almost a year ago and it took until late this summer for me to just talk to my spouse and try to make some progress. Not much there. I’ve been married for 34 years and have been dealing with this for most years of it, about 27 years. It’s been intermittent but constant enough to make it a pattern. I struggle with my self worth and question my integrity for staying. I’ve been on antidepressants for a year and now have added anxiety meds. I began counseling a year ago too for my depression but was able to progress to the point of having my spouse sit in on one of my sessions to hear my pain. Unfortunately I’m in between counselors now due to the one i was using closing their satellite branch. Your very thoughtful, supportive, concise words really touched me and i have saved them to reread and feel the strength and clarity they give me. Thank you for making a difference!