Hi all - my five year old has an overactive bladder which we think is down to a large bowel pressing on it, caused by constipation when she was younger. We’re managing it with oxybutynin, Movicol and senakot. We have drier spells and wetter spells depending on how things are going.
Anyway, I was chatting to my lovely hairdresser on Saturday and happened to mention our situation. Turns out she has an overactive bladder and has always had it. It was SO interesting talking to an adult about what it is like, and also heartbreaking. She said she basically feels like she needs a wee all the time and just leaks wee, on and off pretty much all day with no control. She does have urgency sensations too but will go and still feels like she needs to go afterwards and will still leak even when she’a just been. She said she often has absolutely no idea she is wet and certainly didn’t as a child.
Needless to say, growing up was really hard as the doctors were just telling her mum she was being naughty, but once she got to teen years they started to get some more understanding help. Her mum is still distraught about it, feels terrible for telling her off and had no one to talk to about it. It made me appreciate this forum even more.
I know it’s a horrible thought that this awful condition will be something our children still have as adults but I thought it was really helpful to hear her describe the physiological feelings of it. I know what she’s describing is exactly what I see when we’re having a bad time of it. The good news was that she did manage to get it under control in her twenties then had 2 kids and it’s been a case of managing it since then. She has good times and bad times but she is quite upbeat about it. X