I have suffered from multiple sclerosis for 19 years, as a result of which I started to also suffer from an overactive bladder. In short, my brain is reporting that my bladder is full, when in fact it is not. It would be two years since these problems worsened to the point that I just couldn’t live with it anymore.
I’m a civil engineer and I work as a construction supervisor, so I’m on construction sites where toilets are a bit problem most of the time. Many times, there aren’t toilets available and it’s terribly challenging to endure or hide somewhere and pee. Another problem with my overactive bladder is traveling. The thought of having to be in a car for over an hour and not be able to stop to pee is challenging. There are times when I have started to have an urge to pee so urgently that I didn’t have time to drive anywhere suitable. I had to learn to stop right away and pee next to the car. This was stressful and travel became such a nightmare that I stopped traveling when I could. Not to mention that I also had to reduce visiting my friends so I didn’t have to constantly explain to them that I had a problem and that I had to go to the bathroom 5 times in an hour.
Before the URIS®, I had to think about where toilets were and whether I could make it to them in time. Even my young daughter laughed at me for being a pee mom, and that did not help my frame of mind.
So, I started to address it with my doctor, who first recommended an exercise. That did help a little, but my problem was not a weak sphincter, like women after childbirth, but a bad signal from my brain, which is not something one can solve using exercises. My doctor then sent me to a specialist in urology, where they started treating me with pills. The pills didn’t work at first and later only helped partially, but at the same time they started to dry out my mucous membranes terribly. I wanted to change my treatment and that’s when I found out about the URIS® device.
Although it was a new technology, I was not at all afraid of it. I told myself that this was a chance that could help me and wanted to try it. And it really did help! I went through 12 stimulations in 3 months and by the middle of it I started to feel improvement. Suddenly I didn’t have to go to the bathroom many times, and when I needed to, I didn’t have to run right away, but could walk in slowly. Finally, a treatment that helped me, and without side effects or a pain. In fact, the stimulation doesn’t hurt, I always enjoyed a comfortable session, and operating the device itself is not difficult. I managed it myself under supervision of a nurse.
I am really excited about the device and recommend it to anyone with a similar problem. I am now more at ease and don’t have to think about where a nearest toilet is, which has given me tremendous piece of mind. I’ve even gone back to travelling, which isn’t as much of a problem for me as it used to be and overall, my life has much better quality now.
Zdenka, 47 years old