Wow- after enduring this same thing for 3 years now, and surfing the Web for answers or others presenting with the same, I find this blog. Thank you God!
...Just knowing I'm not alone in this torment is consoling.
Three years ago I noticed I wasn't peeing normally - (stream became a dribble), and constipation was making its debut simultaneously.
I have been keeping the VA busy- even with UCLA specialists, and I'm not improving.
I'm a 53 year old male, who prior to this ordeal was in excellent physical health, running 2 miles a day/4 days a week, plus bike riding occasionally, hiking, exercising...
3 1/2 years ago, I got badly I'll from eating street food in Nicaragua, (my wife's home country), and about
2 months later is when these symptoms began.
The VA has done just about
every test imaginable, and everything comes up negative. The only certainty they know is that the bladder stopped working, the sphincters- both urethra and anal, are not working properly, and intestinal motility has slowed down to a snails pace. I am presently attending a mindfulness program.
I'm quite concerned as I can't seem to get a diagnosis, nor relief. It's hell living life wondering if tomorrow morning I'll be able to go or not- which seems to be hit and miss. My diet is quite bland, and still I have to take laxatives and stool softener with crossed fingers. The worst part is the pain that comes an hour after eating- the urge to go, but not able to.
This is a horrible disease, and will sap you of energy and most qualities of life.
Post Edited (Toby) : 4/4/2016 7:12:10 PM (GMT-6)