Urine Leaking - just started, I'm humiliated and not sure what to do

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Urine has started leaking - just started, I'm humiliated and not sure what to do.


I have suddenly started leaking and having to get changed due to urine coming out before I'm near a toilet.

I am T12 and I had an accident at work in November where I fell out of my chair and broke my hip. Things have been going not great since. I'm in huge amounts of pain(i get bad nerve pain)

I take oxybutenin 1 morning and night and 1 cefalexin everyday as after I gave birth to my son 8 years ago I kept having infections.

Does anyone have any advice, I'm scared  to do anything and this is very humiliating


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  • Posted

    have you checked your pills just to make sure its not due to them 

    if not hun i think you need to see someone about it, its properly

    something that can be put right  or at least  they could give you advice 

    dont sit there worring and being embarresed it wont go away if its 

    something physical 

    i would feel excatly the same hun i really would but you have been 

    thru enough gets some advice dont suffer in silance.


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    I know this may be embarrassing but you need to check if while you are having a pee you can stop half way.  Just really because in case you are having an interrupted message to your bladder and muscles etc.  My husband has injury to L4/5 and when he first had his accident he had something similar and they were worried about cauda equina and whilst I am sure you don't have this you should get it checked.  I am by no means a specialist so I don't know if T12 would affect you in this way but just for you to be aware.  Don't be embarrassed I know its hard but the docs have seen it all before and the sooner you get it sorted the better.  Take care and hope you are back to normal soon. 
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    Hi JerseyBecca

    Please don't feel alone with thi. Like Tiswas said, go to your Dr on Monday and ask to be referred to a gynaecologist so she can first check there is not any issues with your bladder. Your muscles may have been weakened from your fall so you may be referred to a physio for light excercise. I have a slight leak and am therefore on a tablet called solifenacin (vesicare) and it is works really well to stop my leak. For now however just wear a pad. I hope all goes well for you. Take care x

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    Thanks all.

    I was injured 20 years ago now, so to start having problems now is a bit of a nightmare.

    I work and I am dreading this happening at work.

    It's nice to get some support, thanks again

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    Hi Jersey, I took have bladder issues and now can't go out without making sure there are toilets or not drinking. I have a T12 fracture from 30 years ago and the only problem I have that is an arthritic pain especially when it's cold.

    I have been told that my lower back has degenerated faster due to overcoming the fracture, and now I have degenerative disc disease in my lower lumbar vertebrae. Cauda equine is as a result of compression or impingement at the lowest levels where the nerves pass out and down the legs.

    I find I have less control of my bladder when I'm in severe pain, but also feel that I need to see someone about my pelvic floor. It does get overstretched in pregnancy and can be weak.

    Hope you can chat about this with your doctor on Monday.

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    Hi. I have Spinal Stenosis and am having a spinal cord stimulator fitted Monday. I developed bladder weakness a couple of months ago. It is so distressing. I have to wear a pad if I go out. Never thought this could happen. My specialist was concerned about Cauda Equina. The main question they ask you is 'do you know you need a wee before the leakage?' If you do, it is unlikely to be this. In this disease, you lose the sensation of needing to wee, so eventually it just leaks out. Thankfully, in my case this isn't it. I just can't hold on to it long enough to get to a loo. My doctor has prescribed tablets called Ditropan, which you only take if you are going out or on a long car journey (the worst, especially if you are in a strange area and don't know where the nearest loo is)! Good luck. Honestly, the indignities we have to suffer! I have now developed cystitis as well. It never seems to end. Take care, you are not alone. Debbie
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    Hi jersey i think u need 2 see an urologistThey will understand HONESTLY i went with my prob and they doin there best fo me x
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    I had a problem that I was not able to pee due to lumbar problems, and then when I got sedatives it was great. But have had problems with defecation and sometimes it happend in public; although the feeling is awful, I did not feel shame or was embarassed. You should not too, this is what may happen because of the spine, but also you need to exclude other options as urinary infections. Hang on!
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