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WebMD Incontinence/OAB Community: Many Symptoms, Suffering in Silence

Many people with bladder control issues experience other physical symptoms, which may or may not be related to their bladder problems. That’s the case with a new member seeking support from others in the WebMD Incontinence/OAB Community.

A 35-year-old mother of two reports that although a variety of symptoms she has experienced have led her to suspect health issues ranging from multiple sclerosis and migraine headache to fibromyalgia, she’s kept her incontinence problems a secret for more than 10 years.

Despite religiously doing Kegel exercises to strengthen her pelvic floor muscles, losing weight, and monitoring her fluid intake, her bladder control keeps getting worse, not better. Within the last year, she has started getting urinary tract infections and bladder infections.

One woman suggests that pregnancy and childbirth can have an impact on bladder control.  She adds that when Kegels don’t help, medication might be a beneficial next step. She reassures the woman that there is no need for embarrassment.

After an appointment with a urologist, the concerned woman reports back to the community. She’s been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis. She may be a candidate for an investigational procedure using botulinum toxin injections to affect her bladder muscles, which may help her bladder control issues. She’ll be undergoing more intensive testing -- as well as other medical appointments to discuss autoimmune disorders like lupus and MS.

The message, WebMD’s community host says, is that incontinence symptoms should not make anyone feel like they have to suffer in silence.

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