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Jan 3, 2012 · severe incontinence following abdominal hysterectomy in Kidney & Bladder

Hi. If you can shed any light on my situation, any ideas, please do so as I am at the point where I worry I won’t be able to continue at my job as an electrician due to such severe incontinence. It doesn’t appear to follow the symptoms for either urge or stress incontinence. I rarely have the urge to urinate. If I do, I rarely get to the bathroom on time. The incontinence doesn’t get any better or worse with activity or positioning. It happens when I sleep, sit, stand, walk, etc. I cannot go without urinary incontinence products ever.

I had an abdominal hysterectomy with removal of one ovary last Sept, 2011. While I healed well, as soon as I was up and about, the incontinence began, progressively getting worse. I have used Vesicare, with no effect. I am doing Kegel exercises. I have cut out sugary drinks, caffeine and alcohol completely.

My gynecologist who did the surgery has not seen me postop. He has cancelled two of my appointments. My family doctor as treated 4 bladder infections in the last 10 weeks but doesn’t know what else to do. He is going to begin the referral process to see a urologist or urogynecologist. I would appreciate some advice about the right kind of doctor to see. I assume I will see the obgyn at some point. I live in a remote area and access to care is sometimes limited but I am willing to travel to find the right cure.