UC and bladder control??

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   Posted 1/6/2009 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Anyone here have a bladder control problem that might be related to colitis - especially proctosigmoiditis as I have?
I have had the bladder control problem for years - just leakage mostly.  I feel since my UC has improved so has my control - just wondering if anyone else has had this problem.  I am older and all the females in my family have had this problem so never thought about the connection - if any!
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New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008
 Colonoscopy 10/28 showed only 2 cm. left to heal in rectum - going to try Proctofoam first.
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Eva Lou
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   Posted 1/6/2009 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   

funny you mention this, because I find I can't "hold it" near as long as I used to- my bladder, that is. I think it's something to do with the muscles in that area- during flares, you're going & straining so much, it's got to make them lose tone! Plus, if I am having a bm, even without straining, I find urine often comes out also. I could have just peed & I'm going again! And if I have to pee, it sort of makes the urge to have a bm start up also- if I don't go to the bathroom right away, the longer I hold my urine, the more I have to have a bm! It's annoying. But I don't have leakage or anything, I just can't hold it at all anymore. Makes for some interesting moments, I tell ya!

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   Posted 1/6/2009 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Same here Eva Lou - i have pee urgency too and if I don't go soon enough I have to poop. Weird.
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.

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   Posted 1/6/2009 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Same hear. Mostly mine is leakage. It seems that one minute i don't have to pee, then the next minute it is urgency, which leads to leakage
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   Posted 1/6/2009 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I always wondered if using the bathroom so much affected my ability to hold my pee. Never had to grow a very big bladder! But also sometimes I really feel an urgency to pee, and it turns out I really had to poo.

Anyway, I had trouble with leakage when striking the golf ball and got tired of having to wear a panty liner, so I had an outpatient procedure called sub-urethral sling, where they sling up your urethra with some tape-like material. It solved the problem of leakage, but not urgency.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 

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   Posted 1/6/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
FitzyK23 said...
Same here Eva Lou - i have pee urgency too and if I don't go soon enough I have to poop. Weird.

Ditto- if I have to pee, I almost always have to have a BM as well. I always figured maybe having a full bladder pushes on the intestines which are irritated as it is so it causes them to respond by spasming/making you have to go.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

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   Posted 1/6/2009 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was flaring badly, I'd often have the need to pee RIGHT NOW. I learned to recognize that feeling as really needing to have a BM. I always thought that swollen, inflamed colon was putting pressure on my bladder and making me need to go. When I used to have really horrendous first days of my period, I'd have the same thing - from the swollen uterus.

Since I've been in remission the urinary urgency has gone away, and I'm back to waiting longer than I should to go.
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