Have there been any changes in your level of physical activity?
And have the problems you have been experiencing been affecting your mood at all?
Do you drink much tea or coffee?
How many glasses of water would you drink each day?
Do you use your bowel regularly?
Have you noticed any changes in your stools, such as unusually hard or soft stools?
Mrs Scott, these symptoms you are experiencing with your bladder, they are not a normal part of getting older or due to having had children. It is very possible that we can identify what is causing the problem and successfully treat it. I would like to do some tests to see if we can determine what might be happening with your bladder, would that be OK with you?
Well, I havenít been swimming or to water aerobics as often, as I canít use the pads in the pool, but I have still been doing my weights and yoga stretches. I was told I need to keep up my weight-bearing exercise because of my family history of osteoporosis.
No, I just deal with it and get on with things. Itís just a part of life. I am a bit worried about having an accident in public though. Thatís part of the reason why I donít have too many drinks during the day. I also wear a pad everyday, just in case. I suppose it does get me down from time to time because it makes me realise Iím getting old. And of course it is embarrassing to lose control of your bladder. But I try not to let it stop me from doing things.
I have one cup of tea after each meal.
Only enough to take my tablets. I donít drink too much so that I donít urinate as much.
Yes, I donít have any problem there.
No, nothing that Iíve noticed.
Yes, I guess so. It would be good not to have to worry about the possibility of having an accident when Iím out. And it would mean I could swim and go to water aerobics more often. And not wearing those dreadful pads would be a relief, I thought those days were over for me when I went through menopause!