Learning to Live with Bladder and Bowel Incontinence


My Story – Submitted by: Shawn

Hello all! My name is Shawn and I am 39 years old and I am bowel and bladder incontinent. This started for me about 2 years ago. Well, l started out driving dump trucks for months and theses guys were dropping 2-3 thousand pound rocks into my truck. Jarred the snot out of me and knocked the wind right out of me several times. I started having issues with balance, feeling lightheaded all the time, blood pressure issues, couldn’t think or reason. And then one day I was sitting in bed talking to my wife, and wammo! I was wet. Soaked! Started having issues during the day peeing my pants and started wetting at night.

Now up till this point in my life I have never had any issues with this. My wife suggested wearing a diaper. So I did. Symptoms got worse and started having fecal issues. For the last 2 years I have been in diapers 24/7. I have been tested to the wazoo and they can’t find the root of the problem. I mean, one doc tells me I have white matter on my brain and is caused from uncontrolled blood pressure and this is why the incontinence, another tells me you have a somotoform disorder, which is mental and this is why, another says you have MS, another says you don’t. I have constant pain in the right flank area and pelvic area and sharp pains in the penis — when the pain hits I wet and can’t stop. My doc says, “Wearing a diaper at my age is not normal,” so the pain and agony everyday is normal — really??? I am so tired of someone making excuses as to the real issue and meanwhile I’m still in diapers.

There was anger earlier — like, why me? What did I do to deserve this?? Am I going to be in diapers the rest of my life? I since have learned to deal with it and live the best way I can.



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